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Best Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

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This easy slow cooker (crockpot) Buffalo Chicken Dip — real chicken recipe — is the best! 

Is it party time at your house? You probably need to make this easy Buffalo chicken dip recipe…you really should make this crockpot Buffalo chicken dip…you must make this because it is the best Buffalo chicken dip and your crowd will devour it! Actually, you don’t need to have a special event to enjoy this distinctive dish. Have I convinced you? Let’s proceed.

Getting to the end of the week and realizing you have some leftover energy is a great excuse for getting together with friends.

But if you’re like me, sometimes pulling out the grill or putting on a full-fledge spread sounds like too much work.

However, a simplified menu of appetizers and dips makes extending invitations a lot more appealing. Even when you like to cook, who wants to spend all your energy in the kitchen?

Buffalo Chicken Dip

 

When you know you can make something simple that everyone will like, a quick call to your new neighbor or long-time bestie is easy to make.

Besides, maybe they’ll ask what they can bring, too. Don’t be shy.

Many guests really like to contribute to the festivities because it gives them a sense of being part of the group right from the outset. Laid-back gatherings where everyone shares often end up being the most satisfying.

I love it when I find a simple recipe that offers complex flavors. In this cream cheese chicken dip recipe, the melding of cheese, dressing, hot sauce, and chicken does something wonderful in your mouth that is almost irresistible.

I have the empty bowl to prove it.

Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip

And although Frank’s Buffalo chicken wings are traditional fare for things like football and Super Bowl gatherings, I’ve discovered most guests prefer this version.

It’s not as messy as wings and you feel like you’ve actually eaten something instead of just chewed on the bones. 🙂

So I think this recipe is a keeper—a great addition to a graduation open house, New Year’s Eve bash, or any holiday party but don’t reserve this tasty dish for company only.

Family movie time or game night only gets better when you pull out Buffalo chicken dip.

Like many favorite recipes, another plus of this one is its versatility. From experience, I can tell you it also makes a great, quick lunch.

I like it best using freshly cooked chicken, but when you’re in a real hurry rotisserie chicken or canned chicken might be your top choice. No one except you can probably tell when it’s Swanson’s Buffalo chicken dip!

Depending on your preferences and what’s in your fridge, substitute Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese for the shredded cheddar.

Buffalo chicken dip with blue cheese, with sour cream, or without cream cheese works too.

This version of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo chicken dip with ranch dressing is my hands-down favorite but I know some like it hot…and some don’t! So just adjust to your own liking and pour it on if you like the heat or reserve a portion without the excess and serve it both ways.

Best Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

And just because this dip is excellent for a casual function, don’t pass it up when your menu is more extensive. Dress it up in a prettier dish because Buffalo chicken dip makes a terrific appetizer.

You’ll find using a crockpot to fix this recipe not only frees up your stove when you have multiple dishes going, I bet you will appreciate not having to constantly stir it, as cheese dishes on the stove often require.

Those kinds of shortcuts matter, especially when you’re getting ready for guests. Or when you don’t want to stand in the kitchen.

But if you think you’ll be in a huge time crunch, you can also make this a day ahead of your event. Pop it in the fridge overnight and then reheat when you’re ready to serve.

Presenting Buffalo chicken dip with an array of fresh veggies makes a colorful display and it helps getting that daily quota of vegetables easy.

Carrots, cucumbers and celery are my top choices but you can’t go wrong with adding red and green peppers too. The taste contrast of fresh veggies and spicy dip is delish!

Tortilla chips, crackers, bread sticks, or mini pita pockets are also excellent companions that allow the flavor of the dip to remain the focus.

At the end of the day, my favorite get-togethers are the casual kind that are the least labor intensive. Just celebrate the good times with delicious food.

Whether it’s a party of one or a crowd coming over, everyone is going to love this Buffalo chicken dip.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Crockpot

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Ingredients

  • frozen chicken breasts (minimum of 3 breasts)
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup Red Hot sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Using a large pan, place frozen chicken breasts inside. Cover with water and boil on HIGH about 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked (absolutely NO pink!).
  2. In a large bowl/crock pot, mix 1 package cream cheese, ranch dressing, Red Hot Sauce and cheddar cheese.
  3. When chicken is fully cooked, shred with a fork and toss into bowl/crock pot with other ingredients.
  4. Heat in a crock pot for about thirty minutes and you’ll have the yummiest dip! Serve with veggies, chips, or crackers. To make it spicier, add more Red Hot; or to make it less spicy, just add less!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 2843
  • Sugar: 17
  • Sodium: 10209
  • Fat: 248
  • Saturated Fat: 90
  • Unsaturated Fat: 136
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 31
  • Protein: 125
  • Cholesterol: 667

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.