Buffalo Chicken Dip – Once Upon a Chef

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Upgrade your game day spread with this creamy, spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip—all the bold, tangy flavor of classic Buffalo wings, minus the mess. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo chicken dip is essentially a deconstructed version of Buffalo wings, combining all the quintessential flavors—hot sauce, chicken, blue cheese, and ranch dressing—into a single, easily shareable dish. This version from my friend Stacy is more “from-scratch” than the multitude of recipes out there, yet you can still effortlessly throw together in 15 minutes (excluding baking time). This makes it an ideal choice for football parties, as it can be assembled up to a day ahead, refrigerated, and baked just in time for the game.

Serve the dip warm from the oven with tortilla chips, celery sticks, or carrot sticks, and watch it disappear as quickly as it came together!

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“Excellent and I’m a Buffalo gal.”

Diane

What You’ll Need To Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

ingredients for buffalo chicken dip

Find the printable recipe with exact measurements below.

  • Cream cheese: Provides creaminess and a rich base for the dip.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds a creamy and tangy element to the dip. Use a high-quality brand, like Hellmann’s or Duke’s — it makes a huge difference.
  • Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce: Gives the dip its signature spicy kick and Buffalo flavor.
  • Garlic and Scallions: Infuse the dip with savory and aromatic notes.
  • Shredded Chicken: Adds the main protein component and contributes to the Buffalo chicken flavor.
  • Shredded Pepper Jack cheese: Provides a creamy, melty texture and an extra layer of spiciness.
  • Crumbled Blue Cheese: Offers a tangy and sharp flavor, perfect for those who enjoy the classic Buffalo wing combination. Leave it out if you’re not a blue cheese fan!

Step-by-Step Instructions

warmed, whisked cream cheese

Begin by warming the cream cheese in the microwave until softened, about 45 seconds. Whisk until smooth, then add the mayonnaise, hot sauce, and garlic.

adding the mayonnaise, garlic and hot sauce

Whisk until combined.

whisked sauce mixture

Add the chicken, 1-1/2 cups of the pepper jack, 6 tablespoons of the blue cheese, and the scallions.

adding the chicken, cheese, and scallions

Mix well.

mixed buffalo chicken dip

Transfer the mixture into a 1-1/2-qt baking dish.

buffalo chicken dip in baking dish

Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of pepper jack and 2 tablespoons of blue cheese over top.

cheese sprinkled on top, ready to bake

Bake the dip for about 20 minutes, until bubbling. Then broil until lightly browned on top.

baked buffalo chicken dip

Let the dip stand for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with scallions and serve with tortilla chips and celery sticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Buffalo chicken dip ahead of time?

Absolutely! This dip is perfect for preparing in advance. Simply assemble the dip according to the recipe, cover it, and store it in the refrigerator up to a day ahead. When you’re ready to serve, remove it from the fridge about 30 minutes before baking to bring it closer to room temperature, then bake as directed. Or just allow a few extra minutes in the oven if baking from cold.

Can I adjust the spiciness of this dip?

Yes, you can easily can adjust the heat to suit your taste. For a milder dip, reduce the amount of hot sauce or choose a milder sauce variety. Conversely, if you’re after a spicier kick, increase the hot sauce or add a pinch of cayenne pepper. You can also serve additional hot sauce on the side, allowing guests to customize their own spice level.

I don’t care for blue cheese. Can I leave it out?

Yes, the blue cheese is 100% optional. The dip will still be delicious without it.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Upgrade your game day spread with this creamy, spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip—all the bold, tangy flavor of classic Buffalo wings, minus the mess. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann’s or Duke’s
  • ½ cup hot sauce, preferably Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, from 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, divided (optional)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped scallions, light and dark green parts only, from 3-4 scallions, plus more for garnish
  • Tortilla chips, carrots, and celery sticks, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, warm the cream cheese in the microwave until softened, about 45 seconds. Add the mayonnaise, hot sauce, and garlic and whisk until combined. Stir in the chicken, cups of the pepper jack, 6 tablespoons of the blue cheese (if using), and the scallions. Transfer the mixture into a 1½ quart baking dish and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of pepper jack and 2 tablespoons of blue cheese over top.
  3. Bake the dip for about 20 minutes, until bubbling. Turn on the broiler and broil 6 inches from the heat until lightly browned on top, a few minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with scallions and serve warm with tortilla chips, carrots, and celery sticks.
  4. Make-Ahead Instructions: The dip can be prepared and refrigerated up to one day ahead of time. Allow a few extra minutes in the oven if baking from cold.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: About 2/3 cup
  • Calories: 381
  • Fat: 35 g
  • Saturated fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Sodium: 757 mg
  • Cholesterol: 88 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you’re following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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