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Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

This Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip is the perfect party or game-day appetizer. Melty gooey cheese, spicy Buffalo sauce, and tender shredded chicken are topped with golden brown breadcrumbs. Serve with pretzels, chips, or cut up veggies.

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip

I made this Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip recipe for a friend's party. If you like buffalo sauce, this recipe is as good as it sounds. It is very easy to make, and it was a huge hit.

It's spicy, cheesy, chicken-y, topped with crispy panko breadcrumbs, and super addicting. 

Customizing this dip for vegetarians, keto, and gluten-free folks

I love this buffalo chicken dip recipe because it's SO easy to customize. Most of the same ingredients will get you a dip that EVERYONE will love. Just make sure you label each one clearly so no one gets mixed up.

I typically make 2-3 versions of this dip when I am bringing it to a part to suit lots of diets.

Vegetarian buffalo cheese dip

I make a vegetarian one where I skip the chicken. It's still good! Cheesy, spicy, crispy breadcrumbs... what's not to like??

Keto buffalo chicken cheese dip

You can just skip the breadcrumbs. 

Or use crushed pork rinds to top this dip instead of Panko breadcrumbs! You don't even have to bake it. Just microwave it until everything is heated through, and melted together nicely, stirring every 30 seconds to a minute. Then top with crushed pork rinds.

Gluten-free cheesy buffalo chicken dip

I also make a version of this dip without any breadcrumbs on top for the gluten-free people. If you're doing this, then you don't even have to bake it either. Just microwave it until everything is heated through, and melted together nicely, stirring every 30 seconds to a minute.

Can you use gluten-free or regular breadcrumbs?

I wouldn't recommend gluten-free or regular breadcrumbs for this recipe. They're just not as light and crispy as Panko breadcrumbs. It's totally OK to skip the breadcrumbs altogether!

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip

This buffalo chicken cheese dip is great with pretzels or chips. Or if you want something healthier, it is also great with baby carrots and celery sticks. Celery definitely needs a delicious dip to be edible, right??

Make this dip in advance

This dip is great for entertaining since it can be mixed together in advance and then baked in the oven right before serving to get the Panko breadcrumbs nice and crispy. Or you can bake it ahead of time and heat it up in the microwave - it tastes great either way!

Instant Pot option

If you want to make this recipe in the Instant Pot, you can follow this Instant Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken recipe, then stir in some shredded cheddar cheese. Serve in a bowl as-is, or transfer to an broil-safe dish and top with additional cheese or breadcrumbs and broil for 1-2 minutes, or until the top is melty (if using cheese), or golden brown (if using bread crumbs).

Don't like blue cheese dressing? Try Ranch!

If you are not a fan of Blue Cheese, substitute Ranch dressing instead of the Blue Cheese dressing. But I think the Blue Cheese dressing flavor is not very strong in this recipe and adds a little bit more flavor that goes perfectly with the spicy Buffalo sauce.

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Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip - perfect game day recipe! Serve with chips, pretzels, crackers, or cut up veggies. Skip the panko topping for a keto, gluten free version. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cool down time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Entertaining, Party
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings (2 medium sized bowls of dip)
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheese (such as sharp cheddar, or Monterey Jack)
  • 8 oz buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 10 oz can of chicken , drained (or about 6-8 oz cooked shredded chicken)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup Panko bread crumbs  (depending on your bake ware size)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
     
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and the buffalo sauce. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until the mixture is soft enough to be stirred (about 2 minutes total, but stop and check every 30 seconds, since all microwaves are different). Stir well.
       
  • Add the blue cheese dressing and the shredded chicken to the cheese dip and stir. Transfer the chicken cheese dip into your bakeware (I baked mine in two small bowls so that it is easier to serve). Top with panko breadcrumbs.
     
  • Bake at 375F for 15 minutes, or until the dip is bubbling around the edges and the breadcrumbs start to turn golden brown. Carefully remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving so the bowl can cool down.
     

Notes

  • You can omit the chicken and make this a vegetarian Buffalo Cheese Dip
  • Skip the bread crumbs for a gluten free keto version 
  • I made this dip in these wonderful Ciroa bowls - they are super adorable, safe for the microwave and the oven, and they come with a lid which is perfect for transporting the dip to a party or storing leftovers. This recipe makes enough dip for 2 bowls
  • Sub Ranch dressing for Blue Cheese dressing if you prefer

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal (9%) | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g (8%) | Fat: 9g (14%) | Saturated Fat: 5g (25%) | Cholesterol: 31mg (10%) | Sodium: 775mg (32%) | Potassium: 36mg (1%) | Vitamin A: 350IU (7%) | Calcium: 94mg (9%) | Iron: 0.2mg (1%)

 

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Kelly Hubbard

Monday 30th of August 2021

Love your post! Do you ever start w/ frozen g. beef? If so, how much time do you add to the cooking? I have a whole freezer full of g. beef. Kelly Hubbard

Ashley Jones

Saturday 26th of June 2021

I made this the other day and it was wonderful! My family loved it! Since then, my husband has learned he is allergic to tomatoes. I wondered if you might have any suggestions for a good substitute? I’m thinking of maybe adding some beef or veggie broth for the liquid, and maybe some black beans for substance? Just wondering if I should add some extra seasonings too, and/or if there are some other things you might recommend. Thank you. Ashley Jones

Kate

Monday 28th of June 2021

Hi Ashley, I am so glad you loved this! Buffalo chicken (and buffalo sauce) doesn't have tomatoes, so you should be OK with it as it is. The orange/red color of the sauce comes from peppers (which are also nightshades and cause problems with some people), so if your husband is not allergic to peppers, he should be OK eating this dip!

Harold Burton

Thursday 17th of June 2021

A friend of mine buys chicken kotlets from a Persian store in LA area and she says they are amazing. Will share your recipe with her. Although your recipe is with turkey, I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to be able to make it herself. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 Harold Burton

Kate

Monday 28th of June 2021

Enjoy!!

Andrea

Saturday 1st of August 2020

My daughter and I make this about once every two weeks. We alternate using blue cheese with ranch sometimes. My granddaughters love when we use this to make grilled "cheese" sandwiches. Sounds odd but it’s a winner. Once again, thank you Kate for the recipe.

Kate

Monday 3rd of August 2020

Using this for a grilled cheese sounds fantastic, I'll have to try that! I've used this dip as a spread on toast but never grilled it with the bread.

Shannon

Saturday 1st of February 2020

There is nowhere in the instructions to explain what to do with the blue cheese dressing. Is that served on the side? Mixed in? Please explain.

Kate

Saturday 1st of February 2020

I actually just noticed that myself as I went to make this dip! Stir it in with the chicken, after all the cheese and cream cheese is melted together. I am updating the instructions now :)

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