About Buffalo Chicken Dip
This easy buffalo chicken dip is always a crowd pleaser, and especially if you and your guests like a little bit of a kick.
This dip gets its namesake for the buffalo sauce, and for good reason – it has the kind of heat and flavor that has mass appeal. It’s a vinegar-based sauce made with melted butter and spices (like cayenne pepper), and when combined with savory chicken, cheese, and ranch dressing, you’ve got a combination that’s hard to stop eating.
Plus, you don’t need to be a heat lover to enjoy this dip. When served with crisp green veggies like celery or cucumbers, the heat is dialed down a tad, making it easier for all guests to enjoy the flavor.
Can you freeze buffalo chicken dip?
One of the most common questions I get about party dips is whether or not you can make them in advance. Since it’s easier to prepare treats for a party the night before than scrambling to get everything done the day of the event, I can totally understand why someone would want to do this.
The good news is that the answer to this question is almost always yes, and that is the case for this dip.
In fact, you can store this dip either before or after it’s been baked, making it easy to ensure none of it ever goes to waste.
To refrigerate this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two to five days, depending on the age of the chicken meat that was used. When ready to serve, follow the regular instructions for baking the dip.
To freeze this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure lid and store in the freezer for one to three months. Before baking, let dip thaw in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to serve, follow the regular instructions for baking the dip.
How long can you leave out a party dip?
Whenever you serve a dip for your guests to enjoy, you should always keep track of how long it sits at room temperature.
For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature.
Since this dip will be served warm, that should give you another 30-60 minutes before needing to keep track of the dip. So, in total, this dip can be left out for an absolute maximum of three hours, depending on the temperature of the room. However, be sure to still check the dip every now and then and use your best judgment.
Once you pass the recommended time, you can heat it up in the oven again or you can store it in the refrigerator or freezer as directed above.
For best results, I’d recommend using a warming tray so that the buffalo ranch chicken dip stays warm and above the “danger zone” temperature.
What can you serve with a savory party dip?
When it comes to party dips, there are so many options for dipping! This dip is best served with celery or other crisp green veggies, but you can also serve it with different types of crackers and snacks.
Try any (or many) of the options below and see which you like best:
notes & tips for this easy buffalo dip
Other tasty savory dips
More great chicken recipes
How do you make buffalo chicken dip?
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Not only is this dip crowd-pleasingly delicious, it’s also easy to make.
Step 1 – In a large bowl, add cream cheese, ranch dressing, and buffalo sauce.
Step 2 – Stir until mostly combined.
Step 3 – Add chicken, Colby Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Step 4 – Give it another stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Step 5 – Pour dip into a baking dish of your choice, then smooth it out.
Step 6 – Bake!
Step 7 – Serve dip as pictured on this page, with veggies like fresh celery for dipping.
Watch the recipe video
Buffalo Chicken Dip
This buffalo chicken dip is made with spicy buffalo sauce, shredded chicken, ranch dressing, and various cheeses. It's perfect for those who like a little heat!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Scoop prepared dip into a shallow baking dish and smooth out the top.
Bake dip for 15-20 minutes or until dip is warm and cheese has melted.
Serve buffalo chicken dip immediately with celery or other veggies for dipping.