Buffalo Chicken Dip


This tangy, creamy Buffalo chicken dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings! Perfect for parties and game day, this chicken dip is best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Everyone loves the results!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
5 cups

Few appetizers bring a crowd together quite like warm, ooey-gooey, utterly irresistible Buffalo chicken dip. The Allrecipes community can't get enough of this easy Buffalo chicken dip with canned chicken — it has more than 4,000 rave reviews from happy home cooks. Find out what all the fuss is about with this top-rated recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients

a bowl of Buffalo Chicken Dip on a platter with crudite and chips
Mackenzie Schieck

Here's what you'll need to make this top-rated Buffalo chicken dip with canned chicken:

This Buffalo chicken dip starts with two cans of chunk chicken, making it extra easy and affordable. Of course, you can substitute rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken breasts if you'd prefer.

Cream Cheese
Make sure the cream cheese is softened for easy incorporation.

Ranch Dressing
A cup of ranch dressing adds creaminess and tang.

Hot Sauce
Hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's) turns up the heat, mimicking the spicy flavor of Buffalo chicken wings. Use more or less than the recipe calls for to suit your flavor preferences.

Cheddar cheese is melted into the dip, creating a satisfyingly gooey texture and cheesy flavor.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

You'll be shocked how quickly and easily this Buffalo chicken dip comes together. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Heat the chicken and hot sauce in a skillet until heated through, then mix in the cream cheese and dressing. When the mixture is well-blended, add half of the cheese and stir until incorporated. Transfer the dip to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and cook on Low until bubbly.

How to Serve Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Photo by Mackenzie Schieck.

Recipe creator NUNPUNCH suggests serving this Buffalo chicken dip with celery sticks and chicken-flavored crackers. Corn or tortilla chips would also work well. If you want to go the extra mile, try pairing it with toasted baguette slices, homemade pita chips, or homemade pita bread.

How to Store Buffalo Chicken Dip

Transfer the cooled Buffalo chicken dip to a shallow airtight container and store in the fridge for up to one week. Reheat it slowly on the stove or in the microwave in short intervals.

Can You Freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip?

Yes, you can freeze Buffalo chicken dip for up to three months. You should be aware that, since cream cheese and ranch dressing don't freeze well, the texture might change a bit after freezing and thawing — it'll still be tasty, just not quite as delicious as it once was.

To freeze Buffalo chicken dip: Spread the cooled dip on a lined baking sheet, cover, and freeze until solid. Cut the frozen dip into serving-sized chunks and transfer to freezer-safe containers. Reheat in the fridge overnight, stir well, and reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"We have been making this for years — at every party, this is requested," says AngKN. "We use rotisserie chicken and blue cheese instead of ranch (but that's just because we dip our regular wings in blue cheese)."

"I've always liked the IDEA of Buffalo wings, but not so much the cooking or eating of the actual wings," according to Lindsay Anderson. "This dip solves my problem. It's delicious and rich and I can feel like I'm eating a 'proper football game food.'"

"I found this recipe on this site two years ago and have made it many, many times," says Kimberly Kotz Walls. "I always use cooked, seasoned chicken breasts and I add chopped onion and celery to give it some texture."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained

  • ¾ cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup ranch dressing

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 bunch celery, cut into 4-inch pieces

  • 1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    all ingredients for buffalo chicken dip gathered on the kitchen countertop.

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  2. Heat chicken and hot pepper sauce in a skillet over medium heat until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook and stir until well blended and warm, 3 to 5 minutes.

    buffalo chicken dip cooking over low heat in a skillet.

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  3. Mix in 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over top.

    Chicken mixture transferred to a slow cooker and sprinkled with shredded cheddar.

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  4. Cover and cook on Low until dip is hot and bubbly, about 35 minutes.

    an overhead view looking into the bowl of a slow cooker with hot, bubbly, buffalo chicken dip.

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  5. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

    a high angle view of cheesy buffalo chicken dip being dipped into.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
23g Fat
9g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 552mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 161mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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