This easy buffalo chicken dip recipe is like a warm, comforting hug in a bowl, packed with that tangy spice we all love. You can even prep this recipe in a dish with a locking cover and pack it with you on a road trip or to hunting camp to heat up later. Here's a recipe that'll have you enjoying this dip in no time:
Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients:
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works like magic)
8 oz. (226 g) cream cheese, softened (let it chill on the countertop for a bit)
OR 1 cup of cashews (to soak and create vegan cheese sauce)
1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
1/2 cup ranch dressing (go ahead, use your favorite)
1/2 cup buffalo sauce (adjust the heat level to your liking)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or go wild with a mix of cheeses)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (optional, but adds a nice zing)
1/4 cup chopped green onions (for that fresh kick)
Tortilla chips, celery sticks, or carrot sticks for dipping (get those dippable goodies ready)
How To Make Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip:
- Preheat the Cozy Space: Fire up your oven and set it to 350°F (175°C). Grease up a baking dish—aim for something around 8x8 inches (20x20 cm) to give your dip some space to mingle and bubble.
- Chicken Prep Party: Shred that chicken up into bite-sized pieces. Rotisserie chicken makes life easy, but if you've got leftover cooked chicken hanging around, that works too.
- Mix & Merge: In a mixing bowl, blend together the softened cream cheese, ranch dressing, and buffalo sauce. Whip it up until it's smooth and creamy like a dream. If you are using a cashew sauce rather than cream cheese, soak the cashews in hot water for 5 minutes. Then, drain the water, add the cashews to a blender with juice of a lemon, 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast and salt and pepper to taste
- Combine & Conquer: Time to unite the flavors! Toss the shredded chicken into that creamy mix. Stir it all together until every bit of chicken is coated in that spicy, tangy goodness.
- Cheese Galore: Sprinkle in half of your shredded cheddar cheese (save the rest for the topping) and the optional crumbled blue cheese. Mix it up so that cheesy goodness is evenly distributed throughout.
- Bake 'n' Bubble: Pour that buffalo chicken mix into your greased baking dish. Spread it out evenly, then sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese on top. Let it bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until it's all bubbly and the cheese on top gets that golden hue.
- Garnish & Get Dippin': Once it's out of the oven and radiating warmth, sprinkle those chopped green onions on top for a pop of color and freshness.
- Dive Into Deliciousness: Now comes the best part—grab your dippables of choice and plunge them into that bubbling bowl of buffalo chicken delight. Whether it's tortilla chips, celery sticks, or carrot sticks, they'll all be perfect vehicles for scooping up this flavorful concoction.
This buffalo chicken dip is pure comfort in a bowl—creamy, spicy, and utterly addictive. It's the kind of dish that disappears faster than you can say "more dip, please!" And it makes for a perfect party spread when served along with some homemade guacamole and salsa. So, get ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy this flavorful creation!