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Upgrade your game day spread with this creamy, spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip—all the bold, tangy flavor of classic Buffalo wings, minus the mess. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Buffalo chicken dip in a white baking dish.

Buffalo chicken dip is essentially a deconstructed version of Buffalo wings, combining all the quintessential flavors—hot sauce, chicken, blue cheese, and ranch dressing—into a single, easily shareable dish. This version from my friend Stacy is more “from-scratch” than the multitude of recipes out there, yet you can still effortlessly throw together in 15 minutes (excluding baking time). This makes it an ideal choice for football parties, as it can be assembled up to a day ahead, refrigerated, and baked just in time for the game.

Serve the dip warm from the oven with tortilla chips, celery sticks, or carrot sticks, and watch it disappear as quickly as it came together!

“Excellent and I’m a Buffalo gal.”


What You’ll Need To Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

ingredients for buffalo chicken dip
  • Cream cheese: Provides creaminess and a rich base for the dip.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds a creamy and tangy element to the dip. Use a high-quality brand, like Hellmann’s or Duke’s — it makes a huge difference.
  • Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce: Gives the dip its signature spicy kick and Buffalo flavor.
  • Garlic and Scallions: Infuse the dip with savory and aromatic notes.
  • Shredded Chicken: Adds the main protein component and contributes to the Buffalo chicken flavor.
  • Shredded Pepper Jack cheese: Provides a creamy, melty texture and an extra layer of spiciness.
  • Crumbled Blue Cheese: Offers a tangy and sharp flavor, perfect for those who enjoy the classic Buffalo wing combination. Leave it out if you’re not a blue cheese fan!
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-by-Step Instructions

warmed, whisked cream cheese

Begin by warming the cream cheese in the microwave until softened, about 45 seconds. Whisk until smooth, then add the mayonnaise, hot sauce, and garlic.

adding the mayonnaise, garlic and hot sauce

Whisk until combined.

whisked sauce mixture

Add the chicken, 1-1/2 cups of the pepper jack, 6 tablespoons of the blue cheese, and the scallions.

adding the chicken, cheese, and scallions

Mix well.

mixed buffalo chicken dip

Transfer the mixture into a 1-1/2-qt baking dish.

buffalo chicken dip in baking dish

Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of pepper jack and 2 tablespoons of blue cheese over top.

cheese sprinkled on top, ready to bake

Bake the dip for about 20 minutes, until bubbling. Then broil until lightly browned on top.

baked buffalo chicken dip

Let the dip stand for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with scallions and serve with tortilla chips and celery sticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Buffalo chicken dip ahead of time?

Absolutely! This dip is perfect for preparing in advance. Simply assemble the dip according to the recipe, cover it, and store it in the refrigerator up to a day ahead. When you’re ready to serve, remove it from the fridge about 30 minutes before baking to bring it closer to room temperature, then bake as directed. Or just allow a few extra minutes in the oven if baking from cold.

Can I adjust the spiciness of this dip?

Yes, you can easily can adjust the heat to suit your taste. For a milder dip, reduce the amount of hot sauce or choose a milder sauce variety. Conversely, if you’re after a spicier kick, increase the hot sauce or add a pinch of cayenne pepper. You can also serve additional hot sauce on the side, allowing guests to customize their own spice level.

I don’t care for blue cheese. Can I leave it out?

Yes, the blue cheese is 100% optional. The dip will still be delicious without it.

Buffalo chicken dip in a white baking dish.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Upgrade your game day spread with this creamy, spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip—all the bold, tangy flavor of classic Buffalo wings, minus the mess. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann’s or Duke’s
  • ½ cup hot sauce, preferably Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, from 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, divided (optional)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped scallions, light and dark green parts only, from 3-4 scallions, plus more for garnish
  • Tortilla chips, carrots, and celery sticks, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, warm the cream cheese in the microwave until softened, about 45 seconds. Add the mayonnaise, hot sauce, and garlic and whisk until combined. Stir in the chicken, cups of the pepper jack, 6 tablespoons of the blue cheese (if using), and the scallions. Transfer the mixture into a 1½ quart baking dish and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of pepper jack and 2 tablespoons of blue cheese over top.
  3. Bake the dip for about 20 minutes, until bubbling. Turn on the broiler and broil 6 inches from the heat until lightly browned on top, a few minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with scallions and serve warm with tortilla chips, carrots, and celery sticks.
  4. Make-Ahead Instructions: The dip can be prepared and refrigerated up to one day ahead of time. Allow a few extra minutes in the oven if baking from cold.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: About 2/3 cup
  • Calories: 381
  • Fat: 35 g
  • Saturated fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Sodium: 757 mg
  • Cholesterol: 88 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • This was awesome. Everyone I shared it with asked for the recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

    • — Ross Smith on March 29, 2024
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  • Very easy to put together and came out great! Recommend using Frank’s Wing Sauce over Red Hot but that’s a personal preference.

    • — Dan on February 17, 2024
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  • In your email for this recipe you mention ranch, and it’s part of the traditional Franks Red Hot recipe, but I don’t see it anywhere here. Where does ranch come in here or is it not included? Thanks!

    • — Amber Pilkinton on February 9, 2024
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    • Hi Amber, By using mayonnaise with garlic and seasoning, I basically incorporate homemade ranch in this version — it tastes better than the bottled stuff. 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 9, 2024
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  • Excellent and I’m a Buffalo gal.

    • — Diane on January 17, 2024
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  • “Hot, but good” was the consensus of my family and friends!!! We all love “heat!” Made this incredible dip for last night’s football party. Followed the recipe, but used Cholula Original hot sauce, a family favorite. This time, however, I increased the heat by grating a bar of Sargento Fiesta Pepper Jack cheese, which has generous bits of 3 different hot chilies in it. Oh, yeah! Hid a small portion of the dip to make myself a savory oatmeal this morning with the reheated leftover dip plus a small splash of milk. Sprinkled a generous amount of TJ’s Everything/Bagel over the top…stirred all, and YUM!!! This dip was heaven on my chip last night and in my oatmeal today! Thanks Jenn, for another delicious recipe!

    • — Chrissy, Plano, TX on December 27, 2023
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  • Incredible. Lots of flavor, the garlic comes through just enough. Broiling it made it perfect. Are all of Jenn’s recipe top notch? Yes!

    • — Renee Kraemer on September 10, 2023
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  • My son requests this every year for his fantasy football draft! I make your recipes nearly daily… but during football season it’s next level! Thank you!

    • — Mindy on September 2, 2023
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  • I was expecting last minute guests who were bringing dinner, so I wanted to serve more than chips and nuts as appetizers. This website is the only one I trust for recipes that turn out great even the first time you make them. Didn’t have blue cheese, so substituted goat cheese crumbles, and my chicken was pretty unseasoned (or else the dish might have been too salty). Blitzed the chicken in the food processor so that an elder could enjoy the appetizer too. Fantastic result – everyone loved it and took the recipe. Thanks Jenn!

    • — GeeDee on July 30, 2023
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  • Hi! Would there by anything that could be used to substitute the hot sauce?

    • — Samantha on February 12, 2023
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    • Hi Samantha, The hot sauce is the main flavor component of the dish, so I can’t think of a substitute that would work – sorry!

      • — Jenn on February 13, 2023
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  • Would it be ridiculous for me to make this but combine it with cooked pasta and turn it into a casserole?

    • — Chris on February 9, 2023
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    • Hi Chris, I’ve never tried it but I think it should work. I’d love to know how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on February 11, 2023
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  • My husband loves this dip. I served it to him on a soft tortilla as a “side” and he wants it next time with chopped tomatoes and lettuce on top. Jenn suggested I add lots of vegetables with it because I plan to serve it as a main dish instead of a dip. Great idea Jenn, thanks!

    • — Sarah on June 22, 2022
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  • I had to make something quick for a last minute gathering and had just purchased a cooked chicken – saw this recipe and it fit the bill!! I didn’t have blue cheese because I don’t like it, but wow!!!! – absolutely delish!! It was the first thing to go and I received many a compliment!! Thanks so much Jenn, will be making this again!!!

  • This is so delicious and quick especially when you get a store bought, already cooked rotisserie chicken!! I’m not a fan of blue cheese so I didn’t bother and I don’t feel like it was missing anything! Thanks again Jenn, everyone loved it!!

  • I brought this dip to watch football with a small group of friends. It got demolished. Nothing but praise. I love everything I’ve cooked from this site. I own two cookbooks and couldn’t be more excited to try more recipes. Thanks for making me the best cook in my friends circle!

  • I was very skeptical when my husband asked for buffalo dip for the Super Bowl. Well, this recipe was the HIT of the party. We saved the leftovers and have been snacking on it all week. I’ve passed the recipe along to a few friends/family members since they saw my social media pic. Great recipe, as always!

  • I have had an amazing experience with every single recipe l’ve tried, but this one Turned out to be way too salty 🥵 If I were to make it again, I would definitely cut Way down on the blue cheese and part of the hot sauce.

  • Made this for the Super Bowl. Very easy and a big hit with my crowd.

  • Crowd pleaser for a super bowl party. I left out the blue cheese and it worked fine.

  • Made pretty much as written. This is fantastic. I used grilled boneless skinless chicken thighs as I am not a fan of rotisserie. Perfect amount of heat. The green onions are a must. Will be a part of my football repertoire.

  • Hello, Should the pan be sprayed or buttered before adding the dip to bake? Thanks, We love your cookbook, stories and recipes ☺️

    • No Lee, it’s not necessary to treat the pan. (And so glad you like the recipes!!)

  • Would canned chicken be ok in this?

    • Hi Joyce, I’ve never tried canned chicken, so I can’t say for sure. If you use it, I would take a look at how much sodium has, and make adjustments if necessary so it’s not too salty. Please LMK how it turns out!

    • I have used canned chicken in a pinch. I drained it really well. It was fine. I also prefer a little less hot sauce. I like it on a toasted baguette slice. It is a great dip.

      • — Ruby on February 8, 2024
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  • A game day winner. This is a refreshing replacement to 7 layer dip. Reheats well (if there are actually any leftovers).

  • Hi Jenn, how can I get my chicken shredded at home if I did not want to use a rotisserie chicken. Looking for it to be flavorful also.

    • Hi Arlene, You can cook the chicken according to the recipe here. Just shred after it’s cool.

      • Thank you!!!

  • This has been a great base recipe for us. We have played around with using blue cheese dressing and a combination of different cheeses and have always enjoyed the results. Thanks, Jenn!

  • Get ready for the 2021 Big Game! Easy to make, and SO GOOD you and your family will devour this delicious dip!

  • So delicious and super easy to make. One of my favorites to make for Super Bowl Sunday or any gathering! Everyone raves about it and asks for the recipe!

  • Super easy and delicious!! I was told by a friend that this is Keto friendly also. I serve with tortilla chip and celery sticks

  • This is by far the best recipe website I’ve ever used. I’ve made about 15 recipes from Jenn’s site and they’ve all turned out amazingly. This dip is my favorite one. I now bring this to every party and my family requests it at holidays! I also made the black bean dip yesterday and it was perfect. Jenn- your site is perfect!

    • Is it possible to use yogurt instead of mayonnaise?

      • — Caroline on February 8, 2024
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      • Hi Caroline, I’ve tried it and found that Greek yogurt or sour cream makes the dip a little too tangy – sorry!

        • — Jenn on February 8, 2024
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  • I am among the few who thought this was a little too salty for my taste. Based on other comments I reduced the blue cheese by a bit as recommended, but it was still quite salty. After reading the ingredient list on the Frank’s RedHot sauce, it’s clear that the sauce itself is the sodium culprit… there is 190 mg of salt in just one teaspoon! (By comparison, I learned that Tabasco has only 35 mg of sodium per teaspoon.) The flavor of the dish is actually VERY good if you can get by the saltiness. I will definitely make this again, but will serve with *lightly* salted tortilla or pita chips. If all else fails, I may have to give Tabasco a try!

  • I make this all the time for debate watch parties and sports games! It can definitely be made ahead. Also, I make mine in a standard pie dish–it fits the proportions perfectly!

  • Good morning Jenn, would love to make this Sunday for Super Bowl…. how can I get my own shredded chicken without using a store bought chicken. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Arlene, you could prepare chicken using the guidance in this recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  • what is the 1.5 qt baking dish you used for the buffalo dip

    • Hi Carole, that baking dish comes from Sur La Table. (It comes in a variety of sizes.)

  • Can this recipe be assembled the day before?

    Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Sure, Kathleen – it’s fine to assemble ahead. Happy Holidays!❤️

  • We are enjoying your recipes so much!! but… we don’t like Frank’s red hot sauce. Can you recommend a different brand to use.
    Loving your recipes

    • Two brands that come to mind are Cholula and Tabasco, but any hot sauce you like should work here. Hope you enjoy!

      • I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing Sauce and my family loves it!

  • I made this last night for a party, and everyone liked it. Beware, – this recipe is for a 1.5 quart pan. The picture shows a pan that looks like my 13×9, so I just had it in my head that’s what I would use. It was really thin, but still tasted good. It would be nice if you always use the pan size options, instead of volume size. My husband and I love your recipes. They always turn out great!

    • Hi Jackie, Glad you enjoyed this! The pan that I use is actually a 1.5-quart pan but can understand how it may look a little larger. And you make a great point about the lack of dimensions, but unfortunately, with a 1.5-quart dish, there aren’t really any exact dimensions as most of them are oval. I just added a note to the recipe to make people aware of this. 🙂

  • This has been a big hit every time I’ve made it. I’ve been asked for the recipe 3 times as well. I’d like to make this for a party I’m attending in 4 days, but will be out of town until the day of the event. Can I make it ahead and keep it refrigerated (or freeze) and then cook it the day of the event?

    • Glad you like this, Julie! I don’t feel confident that this would freeze well due to all the dairy it contains and I’d be a little concerned about making it 4 days ahead of time. Sorry!

      • Just found your blog, and I’m loving everything! Question: Can I substitute ranch for the blue cheese?

        • Hi Jen, Glad you’re enjoyed the recipes! I would just omit the blue cheese here. No need to add ranch instead. Hope you like this one as well. 🙂

  • What would you recommend as a side dish(es)?

    • Hi Ezequiel, I’ve never thought of sides for this as I’ve always viewed it more as an appetizer! That said, I think this would pair beautifully with cornbread muffins and a simple green salad or fruit salad like this one. Hope that helps!

      • Everything was perfect! Thank you so much for not only sharing your talents with us but also helping whenever we have questions. May today be better than yesterday everyday Chef!

  • Big hit on Fathers Day. My family loved this dip. It’s easy to make using rotisserie chicken.

  • Jenn, The buffalo dip is wonderful! Have made it twice. None of us are blue cheese fans, but I sneak it in and it absolutely works! Thanks, Rae

  • This dip was simple to make and awesome to eat 😉
    Made a double recipe for a small SuperBowl gathering. Ended up being a smaller crowd than anticipated, but my bowl was wiped out! Used cut celery & and sliced green and red bell peppers as dipping utensils for the Keto crazy crowd.

  • I am planning to make this for a superbowl gathering tomorrow. Can I make this without the hot sauce? My husband has tremendous sensitivity to spiciness–any flavor to substitute? Thank you Jenn–SANDY

    • — Sandra Mitchell
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    • Hi Sandy, Unfortunately, I can’t think of any good substitute that wouldn’t have heat. It’s really what gives the dish flavor. So sorry!

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