Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Dip on ChipWith New Year’s Eve just around the corner, I am sure all of us are looking for delicious appetizers to help keep our party guests satisfied. This is what I will be eating this year.

I received this recipe for buffalo chicken dip from my cousin about three years ago and it has been delighting friends and family ever since. It’s super easy, perfect for parties or just hanging out with friends, and I have yet to meet a single person who does not love it.

Frank's Red Hot

The secret to this dip is to make sure you use Frank’s Red Hot sauce. It has a tasty balance of heat and flavor. In fact, Frank’s has their own version of this on their website here, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where the recipe originated. I guess you can say I adapted this recipe from the Frank’s version, even though that isn’t where I originally got it (I am assuming my cousin probably got it there to begin with!). However, I make mine with cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and way more Franks red hot sauce! Here is how I make it:

Prep Time: Seriously, about 3 minutes. You take the ingredients out of the package and put them in your crock pot. That’s about it!

Cook Time:  1 hour to however long your party lasts.

Ingredients:

  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 12-oz cans of chunk chicken
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 package shredded cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (do NOT use Tabasco!)
  • Scoops tortilla chips
For this recipe, you’re going to want to dig out your good old crock pot. If you don’t have a crock pot, you can cook this in the oven  or microwave, but why would you want to go through all the hassle when the crock pot will keep your delicious dip piping hot for hours of partying fun?
Turn your crock pot on to high. Add the softened cream cheese (take it out of the package and microwave for a few seconds) to the crock pot, like so:
Cream Cheese

This is cream cheese.

Let the cream cheese warm up a bit to make it easier to mix. Then add the chicken, dressing, and cheddar cheese to the crock pot and stir together.
In Progress Buffalo Dip
Let the mixture melt together before adding the hot sauce. Begin adding Frank’s about 1/2 cup at a time until it reaches the desired heat (I usually put about 2 cups in mine).
Add Franks
Allow the dip to melt together until it becomes creamy, about an hour total. This might differ depending on your crock pot. Just watch it, stir, and sample as often as necessary.
When your party starts, enjoy your buffalo chicken dip with scoops tortilla chips!
Buffalo Chicken Dip
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14 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Dip

  1. I am SO glad you put this recipe up here. It is a wonderful dish and I told Chris he has to try it sometime. I didn’t realize you could throw it all together in a crock pot. Easy, simple and delicious! Can’t wait to try out some of your other recipes!

      • This turned out great for us. We didn’t have as much hot sauce, but we found for our tastes, 1 1/2 cups worked just fine. I would have rather had a tiny bit less cheese and Chris preferred a bit less chicken. However, I was happy with the amount of chicken and he was happy with the amount of cheese. I guess we’ll compromise. LOL. Chris said he’s going to try this recipe again without the chicken for a more smooth dip sometime. As for me, I’d have to have the chicken. Either way, we re-heated it quite a bit because it was so great! Thanks again for the great recipe!

  2. You are very welcome for the recipe. I guess the chicken and cheese all evened out in the end. Lol. I think it would taste good as just a cheese dip without the chicken. Let me know how that turns out!

  3. Skip the cheddar cheese and bake it in the oven….no need for crockpot….bake in oven..
    shred a store bought cooked chicken…much better…..make this all the time….trust me..,

    • Hi Marta! Thanks for the suggestion. I generally make this for parties as a quick dip, so I just take the whole crock pot with me to put on the snack table and keep warm. It works best for us that way, but to each their own. :)

      I’ve never tried it without the cheddar cheese. Does it change the flavor much?

    • Hi Grace! I am not sure the WW points. I did some research, and I believe the original recipe came from the Frank’s Hot Sauce company. Perhaps there is something on their website?

      A serving size for me is the whole crockpot! :-p But you could easily add up the calories in the ingredients and divide it up into however many servings you like.

    • Hi Cassandra. I wouldn’t recommend it. First, the chicken would take quite a while to cook in the crock pot and this is supposed to be a quick dip to make. But more importantly, how would you shred the chicken up after it cooked? Would you cut it raw and then throw it in the crockpot?

      It’s an interesting concept. If you try it out, please let me know how it works for you!

    • Hi Robyn! You could experiment with other hot sauces, but Frank’s has the distinct flavor I generally enjoy on my food. I use it to make my hot wings, too, mixing it with butter to make an easy sauce.

      Try what you like and let me know how it turns out!

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