Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe – includes cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, cream cheese, hot sauce, & rotisserie chicken for one of the best game day dip ideas with a little spice! Easy to make; serve hot with tortilla chips.
I absolutely love Buffalo Chicken Dip. It's a creamy, cheesy, slightly spicy dip that has all of your favorite flavors of buffalo chicken wings. It tastes like a hot wing, just in dip form! And don't be concerned about too much spice, especially when you see how much hot sauce I use in the recipe. Yes, there's a little kick, but it's not overpowering.
There are a lot of variations out there, and I've tweaked mine over the years to get it just right for our family. It's one of the recipes in my arsenal that I know is going to please everyone. As a matter of fact, it's the one dip that my husband always requests when I'm making appetizers for game days during football season! And, the fact that this Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip can be made in a slow cooker make it even better for snacking all day during a football game.
What ingredients go in Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip?
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is and how readily available the ingredients can be. You know how there are a few recipes that everyone has memorized? This is one of mine. The steps are so easy that I could probably rattle this one off in my sleep.
It's basically a mixture of cream cheese, ranch dressing, cheese, chicken, and hot sauce (sometimes buffalo sauce). That's pretty much it. Blue cheese crumbles and/or blue cheese dressing would be a great substitution for the ranch/cheddar in this recipe. It's also totally ok to use buffalo wing sauce instead of hot sauce if you have it. You can use canned chicken or boneless/skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but I prefer rotisserie chicken that you can usually find at most grocery stores. It's easier than having to boil or roast it yourself, not that much more expensive than buying raw chicken, and gives the buffalo chicken dip even more flavor. Plus, you take out the added wait time while the chicken cooks…it's already cooked for you. Simply use the shredded chicken you get from the rotisserie chicken in your dip!
Do I have to use a slow cooker?
Absolutely not! Believe it or not, a crockpot buffalo chicken dip recipe is easily modifiable past the slow cooker. This dip recipe could be baked in an oven as well. I'd place ingredients in a greased baking dish and bake it for maybe 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees, topping with the remaining cheddar cheese from the recipe 5 minutes before pulling from the oven. And, in a pinch, the microwave works too…just melt everything together.
What goes good with Buffalo Chicken Dip?
SO MUCH! I serve my buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips, but I know a lot of people prefer to eat this on something like Ritz crackers or pita chips. If you allow the buffalo chicken dip to cool, it is a wonderful dip for veggies like baby carrots or celery sticks. Leftovers even make an incredible grilled cheese – seriously, try it!
How do I store leftovers?
You can keep this dip in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days after preparing it (if it lasts that long 😉). Yes, it can also be frozen! Just store in a freezer bag for up to 6 months. Thaw and rewarm in the microwave.
Let's take a peek at this slow cooker buffalo chicken dip recipe!
Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 2 blocks cream cheese (16oz)
- 1 cup Ranch dressing
- 1 cup hot sauce (Louisiana hot sauce is my favorite; I also use Frank's Red Hot or Crystal)
- 1.5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- meat of 1 rotisserie chicken (canned works as well in a pinch; I'd use 2 5 oz cans)
- In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, hot sauce, and ranch dressing with an electric mixer. Fold in chicken and half of the cheddar cheese.
- Place this mixture in a Crock pot slow cooker. Set on low for 4-6 hours.
- Thirty minutes before serving, top buffalo chicken dip with remaining cheddar cheese. Allow to melt before serving.
- Serve warm with tortilla chips or cool with carrot and celery sticks.
Video: Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
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