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Franks Buffalo Chicken Dip

Franks buffalo chicken dip recipe is a spicy, creamy dip made with flavorful rotisserie chicken, rich cream cheese, ranch dressing, melty blue cheese, and classic Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. The 5-ingredient recipe is easy to make and a favorite for game day and parties!

Looking for more delicious dips to pair it with? Try our fried pickle dip, cream cheese corn dip, and Jarlsberg cheese dip!

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Frank’s red hot sauce buffalo chicken dip

A homemade dip always makes for the ultimate appetizer or party food.

Especially when it’s amazingly creamy, cheesy, and fiery hot like Franks buffalo chicken dip!

This easy recipe is made with a handful of basic ingredients, yet it wows with a flavorful punch.

There are so many options as to what you can use for dipping.

Just think something crispy for that finishing crunch to pair the creamy goodness with.

And if you’re lucky enough, you have leftovers spread in a sandwich or make a mini pizza.

For more creamy dips, check out our microwave buffalo chicken dip, chili cream cheese dip, and this 2-ingredient Velveeta chili cheese dip.

Reasons to love Franks chicken dip

If you’ve never made it before, I encourage you to try Franks red hot buffalo dip – even if you don’t care for buffalo hot sauce!

It deserves a spot in your appetizer recipe repertoire. Everybody goes nuts over it!

It’s especially great for watching sports, a Super Bowl party, or any gathering.

  • Quick: Frank’s buffalo chicken dip is a simple appetizer to whip up in 30 minutes.
  • Easy: Just throw everything in a skillet or baking dish, bake, and you’re done!
  • Delicious: Frank’s hot sauce buffalo chicken dip is creamy, spicy, and super flavorful. The combination of the hot sauce with ranch, cream cheese, and blue cheese is phenomenal.
  • Crowd-pleaser: Franks chicken dip is great for any party and get-together.
  • Tasty leftovers: Use leftover shredded buffalo chicken dip in sandwiches, quesadillas, or wraps all week long.
Frank's buffalo chicken dip ingredients.
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Ingredients

Franks buffalo chicken dip is made with 5 simple ingredients you probably already have at home. See the recipe card below for exact measurements.

  • Cooked chicken: I recommend rotisserie chicken because it’s convenient and flavorful. Of course, canned chicken or any leftover cooked chicken will work (preferably cooked bone-in for more flavor). Either way, shred it or chop it into small pieces.
  • Hot sauce: Franks Original Red Hot Sauce is my go-to, but you can also opt for Franks wing sauce for an extra boost of buffalo.
  • Cream cheese: Preferably use regular, full-fat cream cheese for the best creamy texture.
  • Ranch dressing adds richness and extra flair to Franks red hot chicken dip. I like Hidden Valley Ranch, but you can use any brand.
  • Blue cheese crumbles go so well with buffalo sauce. Use your favorite blue cheese, and feel free to add a little extra. If you’re not a fan, omit it and use your favorite cheese instead.
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How to make Franks buffalo chicken dip

Baking Franks red hot buffalo dip in the oven is how the original recipe is written. There are three simple steps involved:

step 1 combine ingredients.

1. Combine the ingredients

Add the shredded chicken, softened cream cheese, ranch dressing, blue cheese, and hot sauce to a medium cast-iron skillet or baking dish. Stir the ingredients together until everything is well combined.

step 2 bake buffalo chicken dip.

2. Bake

Spread out the mixture into an even, smooth layer and bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes.

step 3 serve franks chicken buffalo dip.

3. Garnish & serve

Remove the dip from the oven. Top the dip with sliced green onion, blue cheese crumbles, and chopped parsley for an extra pop of color, if desired.

Crock Pot & Slow Cooker

Making Frank’s hot sauce buffalo chicken dip in a crock pot or slow cooker is a fantastic way to serve it at a party or for a big crowd.

  1. Simply add all of the ingredients (cube the cream cheese) to a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring once or twice, until heated through.
  4. Switch to the keep warm setting for serving.
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Helpful tips

  • Shred or dice the chicken small so it’s easier to dip. This is not an entree.
  • Soften and cube the cream cheese before mixing so it blends easier with the other ingredients. Everything will melt into an ooey-gooey dip, so it’s okay if there are a few lumps.
  • Crumble the blue cheese from a block for the best flavor and texture.
  • Add a little baking soda to cut the acidity of the hot sauce (no worries, you won’t taste baking soda). We love this dip tart and tangy, but if you prefer a milder taste, baking soda can help.
  • Serve hot: I highly recommend serving this dip warm when you first make it. Nothing beats an ooey gooey cheese dip!
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Variations & substitutions

The beautiful thing about Franks buffalo chicken dip is that you can make a few simple ingredient substitutions.

  • Protein: Feel free to switch up the protein and add a different shredded or ground meat like turkey, pork, or beef.
  • Cheese: Add extra blue cheese for a super cheesy dip. Or try other cheeses such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, provolone, Muenster, or mozzarella.
  • Mayonnaise + sour cream: You can replace the ranch with mayo and sour cream, just use 1/4 cup of each.
  • Greek yogurt: For a lighter dip, substitute the cream cheese with 1 cup Greek yogurt.
  • Adjust hot sauce to your taste: If you want it milder, cut the hot sauce amount in half. For a super spicy dip, add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to taste.
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Serving suggestions

If you’re wondering what goes well with Frank’s red hot buffalo chicken dip or what to dip into it, the possibilities are endless!

You can enjoy it with so many different things. Serve it with any of the dippers below or get creative.

  • Tortilla chips, potato chips, and bagel chips
  • Fritos scoops
  • Crackers
  • Toasted bread
  • Pita bread
  • Veggies (celery sticks, carrot sticks, and bell pepper strips are a favorite)
  • Toasted baguette slices
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Make ahead

You can make Franks red hot chicken dip a day or two ahead of time. Here is what to do:

  1. Assemble the ingredients in your baking dish, cover tightly, and refrigerate.
  2. When it’s time to bake, let the dip warm on the counter as the oven preheats.
  3. Bake the dip as directed. If necessary, increase the bake time by a few minutes since the dip starts out colder.
wooden spoon in a pan of Franks hot sauce buffalo chicken dip.
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Storage instructions

Store Franks buffalo chicken dip

  • Refrigerate: Let the dip cool completely. Then, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
  • Reheat: Warm the dip in the microwave or on the stove over low heat.

Freeze Franks chicken dip

  • Freeze: You can freeze the dip for up to 3 months in an airtight, freezer-friendly container or a baking dish covered tightly in plastic wrap and foil.
  • Thaw: Defrost overnight in the fridge, then bake as desired in the oven (remove coverings) or cook in the slow cooker.

Leftover options

There are so many delicious ways to use leftover buffalo chicken dip. We love these ideas:

  • Spread it on sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, and sliders.
  • Pack it up into single-serve servings and enjoy it as a snack throughout the week.
  • Use it to make buffalo chicken nachos.
  • Warm it and toss it with cooked pasta.
Franks buffalo chicken dip.

Franks Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Franks buffalo chicken dip recipe is a spicy, creamy dip made with flavorful rotisserie chicken, rich cream cheese, ranch dressing, melty blue cheese, and classic Frank's Red Hot Sauce. The 5-ingredient recipe is easy to make and a favorite for game day and parties!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups / 250 g / 9 oz shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 pkg (8 oz / 225 g) cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml / 2 fl oz Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml / 2 fl oz ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup / 115 g / 4 oz blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Prepare the chicken (optional). Pre-shredded chicken is available at many grocery stores. But if you are making your own at home, cook and shred the chicken before starting this recipe.
  2. Preheat oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4. Grease a small cast-iron skillet, baking dish, or pie dish (about 8 to 9 inches / 20 to 23 cm) with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine the ingredients. Add the shredded chicken, softened cream cheese, ranch dressing, blue cheese, and hot sauce to a medium cast-iron skillet or baking dish. Stir the ingredients together until everything is well combined.
  4. Bake. Spread out the mixture into an even, smooth layer and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sides start to bubble and the top looks golden brown.
  5. Garnish & serve. Remove the dip from the oven. Top the dip with sliced green onion, blue cheese crumbles, and chopped parsley for an extra pop of color, if desired. Serve right away with your favorite dippers. Enjoy!
  6. Store. Keep any leftover dip in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Notes

Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients (cube the cream cheese) to a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring once or twice, until heated through.
  4. Switch to the keep warm setting for serving.

Tips

  • Shred or dice the chicken small so it's easier to dip. This is not an entree.
  • Soften and cube the cream cheese before mixing so it blends easier with the other ingredients. Everything will melt into an ooey-gooey dip, so it's okay if there are a few lumps.
  • Crumble the blue cheese from a block for the best flavor and texture.
  • Add a little baking soda to cut the acidity of the hot sauce (no worries, you won't taste baking soda). We love this dip tart and tangy, but if you prefer a milder taste, baking soda can help.
  • Serve hot. I highly recommend serving this dip warm when you first make it. Nothing beats an ooey gooey cheese dip!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g

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