Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Frank’s buffalo chicken dip is always a hit at every party. This spicy dip tastes just like hot wings without the mess and without the work.

Look no further than this spicy, creamy dip for your next party. It’s also perfect for game day or tailgate get-togethers.

You can take it anywhere you go easily. Whenever I take it to a party, the bowl always comes home empty.

overhead view of Frank's Buffalo chicken dip in a dish and tortilla chips around it.

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

This easy Frank’s red hot buffalo chicken dip recipe gives you a sinfully mouthwatering and creamy appetizer infused with hot-wing flavors. It’s the perfect comfort food for those special occasions when you want tasty appetizers and finger foods.

Buffalo chicken dip fills the bill and is always a major crowd-pleaser. Full of chicken, cheese, buffalo sauce, and ranch dressing, this is the ultimate easy buffalo chicken dip to enjoy anytime!

Why This is the Best Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

What isn’t to love about this easy buffalo chicken dip recipe? It has all the flavors of hot wings, but sometimes wings are just a little too messy to make. With this easy dip, you can enjoy buffalo wings without all the work and mess.

This Frank’s buffalo chicken dip recipe is fabulous and so simple to make. It has the perfect amount of spice and coolness and you’ll find it hard to stop eating it – it’s just that good! 

My big secret to this recipe is using Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I don’t often call out specific brands, but regarding a sauce for wings, Frank’s is the absolute best. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is very well balanced, not too spicy with just the right amount of heat.

Frank’s Hot Sauce Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe Ingredients

With only five ingredients, this buffalo chicken dip is spicy, delicious, and addicting. Here are the ingredients you need to gather:

  • Chicken – I like to make this with chicken breasts or chicken tenders
  • Cream Cheese
  • Frank’s RedHot Sauce – do not use the Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce – it won’t taste the same
  • Ranch Salad Dressing
  • Cheddar Cheese

CopyKat Tip: Use freshly grated cheese. Packaged shredded cheese contains chemicals to aid in separation and doesn’t melt as well.

Frank's Buffalo chicken dip ingredients on a tray.

Buffalo Chicken Dip – Ingredient Substitutions

  • If you like the flavor of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce but want less heat, halve the hot sauce and increase the ranch dressing to one full cup. 
  • If you really love extra spicy food, use Frank’s extra-hot buffalo sauce.
  • For a non-dairy buffalo chicken dip, use non-dairy cheese substitutes. 

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

This Frank’s hot sauce buffalo chicken dip is really easy to make. Here are the simple steps:

  1. If the chicken is not cooked, you will need to cook it and then shred it. You can boil or bake it.
  2. Place the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Microwave the cream cheese until it is softened enough to stir, about 20 seconds.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined.
Frank's Buffalo chicken dip ingredients in a bowl.
  1. Place the mixture in a baking dish or cast iron skillet.
Frank's Buffalo chicken dip in a dish before baking.
  1. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly, about 25 minutes.
Frank's Buffalo chicken dip and tortilla chips scattered around it.

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Making Buffalo chicken dip in a Crock Pot is simple to do and there’s only 1 step (unless you need to cook and shred the chicken). Here’s how:

  1. Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker. Mix well and cook on low for 2 hours.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Dip

Did you know that you can make Frank’s buffalo chicken dip in your air fryer? Here’s how you do it:

  1. Follow the recipe instructions for making the dip mixture.
  2. Place the dip mixture in an oven-safe dish that fits in your air fryer basket or tray.
  3. Air fry at 350°F for 16 minutes.

Recipe Variations

If you like this buffalo chicken dip, there are variations that you may want to try:

  • You can choose to use a rotisserie chicken. It adds another dimension of flavor and really breaks up well to give the dip a great texture.
  • If you love the flavor of blue cheese, swap out the ranch dressing for blue cheese dressing. You could also toss in about 1/3 of a cup of blue cheese crumbles.
  • You can also swap out the Cheddar cheese for Monterey Jack, Colby-Jack or a Tex-Mex blend.
  • Top your dip withs a sprinkle of sliced green onions.

How to Serve Buffalo Chicken Dip

You can serve this tasty dip cold, but it’s best served warm. A great way to keep this warm is to use a Crockpot on the counter or to take it with you on the go.

If you bake it in a dish, use a thermal carrier to keep your container warm. 

What Goes With This Spicy Buffalo Dip?

Serve up Frank’s hot sauce dip with celery sticks for a low-carb and keto-friendly appetizer. You can also pair it with other raw veggies such as sliced cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower, peppers.

Apart from veggies, this dip can be dunked into or spread on crackers, crusty bread cubes, pita bread, or tortilla chips.

You can also use the dip as a topping for nachos or as a filling for wontons.

Make tacos or burritos with it as the filling along with lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

CopyKat Tip: Peel celery backs with a vegetable peeler for easier eating.

Make Ahead Buffalo Chicken Dip

You can make this buffalo chicken dip 1 to 3 days ahead of time. Store the dip in the fridge, and reheat it in the microwave (stirring every 30 seconds) or slowly on the stovetop.

Can You Freeze Frank’s Hot Sauce Buffalo Chicken Dip?

You can freeze leftover Frank’s buffalo chicken dip in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

To reheat, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw. Then reheat in the microwave or oven.

Equipment

Frank's Buffalo chicken dip in a blue dish and tortilla chips around it.

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overhead view of Frank's Buffalo chicken dip in a dish and tortilla chips around it.

Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip is the perfect game day treat and a tasty party appetizer.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo chicken dip, Keto, Low Carb
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 302kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 10 ounces shredded chicken or canned chicken
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Microwave the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl for 20 seconds or until it is soft enough to stir.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, and stir until combined, breaking up the chicken as you stir.
  • Transfer the mixture to an ovenproof dish and bake until bubbly, about 25 minutes.

Notes

Recipe variations:
Substitute blue cheese dressing for the ranch dressing. Also add about 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles.
Substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the cheddar cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 0.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. erin

    I used a whole Rotisserie chicken,and it was ALOT better then canned. I also used crumbled Blue and a whole bottle of dressing

  2. Sirius

    Ranch dressing seems to be a very regional thing. Down here in the southwest, we use it on everything! This recipe is fantastic both ways, even if one is a little blasphemous.

  3. Lisa

    I make this dip but use chicken breast and shred it…much better than canned chicken. Also, I add 1 cup of chopped celery.

  4. Lauren

    I also make this dip but I layer mine. The bottom layer is chicken and Frank’s hotwing sauce. For the second layer, I warm together the ranch or blue cheese dressing and cream cheese on the stove and then pour over the chicken layer. Finally, I top with shredded cream cheese and bake in the oven. Same recipe.. just layered. I have had it both ways and enjoy the layered recipe more.

  5. cowboysgirl99

    i agree with buffalo momma…no self respecting buffaloian or anyone from the surround area ( born and raised in niagara falls for 34 years) would eat their chiken wings with anything less than bleu cheese…and please dont forget the celery and carrot sticks!!!

  6. Leila

    I make Buffalo Chicken dip regularly and everyone loves it. First off, I don’t use Ranch Dressing. I use Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing. I also use about a half a jar instead of 1/2 cup. Second, I boil 3 chicken breasts and shred them. I also fold in the chicken and cheese last. Finally, I serve it with Tostitos scoops and it is amazing. Happy eating! 🙂

  7. Maureen

    I’ve had this minus the ranch dressing. its great on crackers and with celery. you can cook up a chicken breast or use canned both versions are great. i could eat it for a meal : )

  8. Kathy

    I put in 4-6 oz of crumbled blue cheese and i use the perdue already grilled chicken and i chink it tastes better than the can

  9. Buffalo momma

    ummm….I have lived in Buffalo all my 30 years and Ranch is not what true Buffalonians put in their Chicken wing dip….we use chunky & creamy blue cheese like Rooties or Maria’s….and I personally put celery chunks in it too….just an FYI

    • xtc14224

      Buffalonian here….and yes you do have to replace the ranch for chucky & creamy blue cheese dressing…also use a chicken breast and just cook in the microwave for a few minutes.

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