Buffalo Chicken Dip

So, my oldest, bestest friend Beth is a genius. A couple of days before Christmas, she invited a bunch of girlfriends over for a “dip party”. It’s absolutely as awesome as it sounds. Everyone brings their favorite dip along with the recipe to share. Seriously genius. A small group of us sat around her kitchen island with bowls and plates of dip in front of us, sampling them all and chit chatting. Oh, and we watched the Pens beat the Capitals in a shoot out as well :)  It was such a great idea and a wonderful, low-key way for a bunch of girls to share some favorite recipes, hang out and eat, of course. Which leads me to this buffalo chicken dip…

The general idea of this dip is definitely not anything new, but I have to be honest. While I love chicken wings, I tend to lean towards flavors like honey barbecue, teriyaki or garlic parmesan. I’ve never been a big fan of the buffalo/hot sauce flavor so I was never compelled to make this dip. Well, this is one of the dips that Beth contributed to her party. I tried it for the first time, and holy crap, I loved it! I was sold immediately and had to have the recipe. Thanks to the hostess, here it is!

(And it goes without saying that this is quintessential football food and perfect for your Super Bowl menu!)

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Yield: About 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, boiled and shredded (or 4 12.5-oz cans of chicken breast, shredded)
12 oz. bottle of hot sauce
Two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
16 oz. bottle of Ranch dressing
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese (or a combination of both)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Combine the chicken with the bottle of hot sauce and spread in a 9x13-inch baking dish (or any 3-quart baking dish).

3. In a saucepan, combine the cream cheese and the ranch dressing over low heat until the cream cheese is completely melted and smooth. Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken. Then sprinkle the cheese on top.

4. Bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with celery sticks (and/or other vegetables), tortilla chips or crackers.

*Recipe Note: Beth says she often times adds another cup or so of Mexican shredded cheese on top. The more cheese, the better, is my motto!

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  1. Blog is the New Black on February 1, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Great superbowl snack!

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    • Kristen on September 9th, 2011 at 2:19 am

      One of my girlfriends makes this dip and I agree it’s AMAZING!!!! If you haven’t already print the recipe and try it, RIGHT NOW. This dip is always being requested by my other friends now. IMO I think it’s better than eating chicken wings because it’s easier and less work (for those eating and easy to make in the crock pot which is how I do it and then just shred the chicken later) and their are no bones to figure out what to do with!

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      • Kristen on September 9th, 2011 at 2:22 am

        also after reading the other comments, I HATE blue cheese so I ALWAYS use ranch for buffalo wings and this dip. I really don’t think there is an “incorrect” way to make this dip…to each their own!

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  2. Lauren at KeepItSweet on February 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I need to get invited to a dip party!!! Or maybe I just need to have one?

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    • Sandie on September 9th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Dip party sounds so much fun ! What a great idea. Can not believe I have never been invited to one or had one. I bet it won’t be long before I have one. Great Idea

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  3. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on February 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I love buffalo chicken anything, and buffalo chicken dip sounds like an amazing thing to enjoy while cheering on the Steelers!:)

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  4. Katrina on February 1, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Wonderful superbowl snack!

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  5. shelly (cookies and cups) on February 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Buffalo Dip has become a favorite for game day, poker night, game night or whatever!
    Yummy!

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  6. The Food Hound on February 1, 2011 at 8:28 am

    This looks just like the recipe I have from Taste of Home! It’s a winner and everyone LOVES it. It’s super-easy, and people think you slaved all day… muahahah!!

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  7. Caroline on February 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Oh my gosh, my family would go gaga over this. Cheese, hot sauce and chicken? Perfect party food!

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  8. Abby on February 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I have been making this dip for years and it IS awesome!!! I am not a wing fan either, but love this. If you have blue cheese fans you can use that in place of the Monterey Jack and use Blue Cheese dressing instead of Ranch.

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  9. FireMom on February 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

    This is what I’m making to take to our friend’s party, though slightly different. It’s my favorite!

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  10. Leslie on February 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Oh yeah baby! I make this too, except I use 1/2 ranch and 1/2 blue cheese dressing. YUM

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  11. Delishhh on February 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    What a great idea for a party! I have to try that out one day. Also great dip. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait for your other dips. this week.

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  12. Dawn on February 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

    i use blue cheese. buffalo anything is best with blue cheese.

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  13. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on February 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

    What a great party idea! A bag of chips, and a dozen or so dips is my idea of a perfect meal. This one looks like a keeper!

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  14. Jessie McLaughlin on February 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    This is one of my favorite dips!

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  15. Holly on February 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    This is one of my favorite dips! I like to serve it with blue corn tortilla chips that I sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and pop under the broiler. Yum!

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  16. marguerite on February 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    A dip party!!!! *swoon*

    What a fabulous Idea!!! This is one of my favorite dips too!! But I use Blue Cheese.

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  17. bakerone on February 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    It’s not Buffalo Dip if the hot sauce is anything but Frank’s. Ranch is NEVER acceptable for Buffalo anything, only blue cheese dressing. Likewise, no cheese of any kind allowed but blue. This isn’t buffalo chicken dip. It’s a sorry wannabe.

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    • Michelle on February 1st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      I’ve actually been to a lot of wing places and restaurants that serve buffalo chicken wraps with ranch dressing and cheddar cheese. And most places serve wings with a side of blue and ranch. I think it’s personal preference; a lot of people don’t like blue cheese (and actually, my sister is allergic to it).

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      • bakerone on February 3rd, 2011 at 9:19 am

        It doesn’t matter what they serve them with, or what they call it when they serve it wrong, it’s still not “Buffalo Chicken” anything. And as for allergies, the blue cheese can be left off, but never, ever, substituted.

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        • Tina from PA on February 3rd, 2011 at 6:15 pm

          RELAX,RELAX!!! I didn’t hear anyone say this is a true authentic wing dip! Just a fun thing to enjoy and have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • Veronica on February 7th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

            Tomatoe Tomato, I didn’t know there was an actual “Buffalo Dip” Police or guidelines.

            Michelle- thank you for the recipe. I made it for the game and it was a big hit! No one cared that it did not contain Blue Cheese or Blue Cheese dressing.
            Keep up the great work!
            xoxo

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          • Veronica on February 7th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

            ohh yeah and I used a roasted chicken I picked up from the deli. Hopefully i dont get a ticket for not using “chicken wings” :)

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    • Julie on August 10th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      It is an awesome recipe. The recipe that I have calls for either Blue Cheese or Ranch. I made it the first time with the Blue Cheese (even though I cannot stand Blue Cheese) and it was okay. LOVED it made with the Ranch. Don’t think it really matters…it’s just a name AND the flavor really comes from the hot sauce. Love the recipe and the blog!! :)

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    • Bert on April 7th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      I feel bad for you and your obvious obsession with buffalo chicken dip :( you ok?????

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  18. Barb on February 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Allrecipes has a modification of this dip for sandwiches made in the crock pot. If you love the dip, try the sandwiches! it’s a a great potluck dish and easy to make!

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Slow-Cooker-Buffalo-Chicken-Sandwiches/Detail.aspx

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  19. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on February 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Oooh, this looks delish! I just made buffalo wings the other day, but I’ll have to try this soon. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

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  20. Lauren from Lauren's Latest on February 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    This looks so good! Like ridiculously good!

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  21. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on February 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    They serve this at Pearl Street Grill in Buffalo and it’s my favorite appetizer! Yum! Ranch sounds like a good choice, because that much blue cheese would be super overpowering. I like this recipe!

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  22. Sandra on February 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I love this dip and I always eat too much of it. Guess that’s what treadmills are for!

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  23. Jennifer on February 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Love the idea of a dip party! How fun!

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  24. Sprinkling of Sugar on February 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    OMG i know a similar recipe that uses Blue Cheese Dressing but basically it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Yours looks fantastic as well, I absolutely love it, for anyone hesitant to try this out: throw caution to the wind and do it!

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  25. Kate @ Diethood.com on February 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I am a sucker for dips – wish I was at that party with you! Your dip sounds really good – would go really good with those pretzels I am planning to make for game day :).

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  26. Ashley on February 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Ahhh, the quintessential western Pa dip! I love it!

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  27. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans on February 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Ok, I could dive right in and not come out until it was all gone! YUM! I have a favorite brand of garlic wing sauce that is whispering to me … “Use me in this … do it!” I just may!

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  28. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on February 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

    My husband makes a very similar dip and it’s divine!!! Will definitely be making it this weekend :)

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  29. Lisa on February 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Um, yes please? I would like some of this dip. It’s now on the menu for a get-together I’m having this weekend. :D

    Also – GO PENS!!! (From a fan in St. Louis)

    Lisa

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    • Michelle on February 2nd, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Yay, GO PENS! I’m going to the game tonight :)

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      • Lisa on February 3rd, 2011 at 11:23 pm

        OMG, goalie fight! >_< My husband and I were watching on TV and our jaws dropped when we saw Johnson coming across the ice, and then DePietro (?) dropping his gloves too. Best game I've seen in a while, just for that. Lucky you, actually being there! :)

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        • Michelle on February 3rd, 2011 at 11:31 pm

          Honestly, that was one of the best hockey moments I have seen live. It was insane, the crowd went nuts. They fought right in front of our section. I was watching the scrum and then saw Johnny come flying down the ice. One punch knockout? Pure awesomeness.

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  30. Rachel on February 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    This looks amazing. What hot sauce would you recommend using?

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    • Michelle on February 2nd, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Rachel – I use Frank’s hot sauce.

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  31. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on February 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    This is one of my all time favorites! And, a dip party? Pure genius!

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  32. Betsy on February 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I host a similar party with my friends every year we call it ” Dip into Christmas” We look forward to it every year, and a version of this dip is always there!

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  33. eatinistbitch on February 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

    oh man, my friend made this for a big party that we cooked for over last summer. it was a TREMENDOUS hit. i love that it’s so easy!

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  34. Deb on February 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I make this with sour cream and blue cheese crumbles – 1 cup sour cream and throw in a container of blue cheese…the best!!

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  35. Vibey on February 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    This looks amaaaaazing and I am totally going to both make it AND have a dip party! Rock on!

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  36. Lora on February 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This looks spool good! I cannot wait to try it!

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  37. Kendall on February 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Looks delish! I’ll be tryin this one out today! Just found ts website today btw and love it!

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  38. Alexa @ SimpleEats on February 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Your recipe inspired me to make a version of my own today for the Superbowl!

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  39. Kelly on February 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Made this for the Super Bowl today! Future hubby and I both LOVED it! It’s funny, he absolutely hates ranch AND cream cheese, but together is totally different. Neither one of us could put this dip down!

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  40. Shelly on February 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I made this for the Superbowl and it was a huge hit! I’m thinking the leftovers (and there were only leftovers because I made way too much food ;)) will be great on a baked potato for dinner tonight.
    I put the chicken, hot sauce, cream cheese, and blue cheese dressing (my preference) in the crockpot and cooked it on low for ~6-7 hours. I mixed it up, shredded the chicken, and put it in a casserole dish and topped it with cheese. Super easy!

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  41. Cristina on February 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Holy Cow!!! Made this dip as a last minute addition to our Super Bowl Party menu, so glad!! This is seriously delicious :)

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  42. Sarah on February 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

    A dip party sounds like the best thing ever. Your friend is a genius! I’m going to be making this soon and I WILL have a dip party!

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  43. Darla @ Bakingdom on February 11, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I definitely need to make this, my hubs loooooves buffalo chicken. He’d love this dip!

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  44. yvette on February 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I made this dip for my boyfriends family party and now I have to bring it to every family party. HAHA THEY LOVE IT! I even blogged about it :)
    http://yvettelovespinkcupcakes.blogspot.com/2010/09/buffalo-chicken-dip.html

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  45. Sarah on February 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    So I saw the picture of this and thought it would be great for the upcoming Superbowl party I was going to – it was good, but I have a couple of things I’ll do differently next time I make this dish:
    1. I won’t double the recipe – not necessary because it’s so rich (even when using light things!!) people don’t eat too much of it.
    2. I would like to try stirring the cheese throughout the dip instead of just putting it on top – I ended up getting a thick layer of cheddar cheese that I had to pull off because I left it in the oven for the extra couple of minutes – if I had pulled it out at the 30 minute mark might have been better.
    3. I won’t use real chicken breasts because:
    a. It was pretty time consuming to cook the chicken breasts and shred them – I had to get the husband involved in the shredding process because shredding 8 chicken breasts (even 4 for that matter) really works the arms!! :)
    b. I’ll use canned chicken because I don’t think people will be able to tell the difference after what’s gone into the recipe – delicious – don’t get me wrong!, and because I will be serving this to people that are drinking and paying more attention to the game on TV or to other sports related discussions or to their cards. :)

    Got good reviews from people and will definitely make again.

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  46. Sara @ Saucy Dipper on February 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Did you say dip party? Count me in. I love ‘em. In fact, I’m trying to get the idea to catch on among food bloggers. The next time I host a weekly Dipstock I’ll let you know.

    Oh, and buffalo chicken dip is the best. A serious crowd pleaser.

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  47. foodlvr on February 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Years ago, my friend Laura made this dip knowing I would be at the party. I am known to be quite a chile-head, something I had in common with her husband. I was blown away by the dip so next time she came to my house she brought me the recipe. I have made it a couple of times since. I love it. It is always a hit when I make it. My husband is a huge buffalo wing fan and he loves it too. I usually make two kinds – one mild and one hot.

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  48. Madeleine on March 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

    If you search for crack dip, this is what comes up :) I like this dip, but for a muuuch lighter version I just mix cream cheese w/ the buffalo sauce. Not as fancypancy as this recipe but ppl love it and always ask where I found the dip :)

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  49. Nia on August 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    The recipes just keep getting better. Wow, this was such a great recipe to try. I understand what you meant when you said usually you just eat honey barbecue or teriyaki. Sometimes the taste of the hot sauce on buffalo wings can be a little over whelming. This recipe was just right and I love cheese, so it was perfectly the right amount of each ingredient. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. erin on October 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    My boys loved this one!

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