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Buffalo Chicken Dip

April 15, 2023

Save time and effort for your next big party by making this mouthwatering, flavor-packed buffalo chicken dip.


buffalo chicken dip in a cast iron skillet made with butter, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar, mozzarella and spices
Photography by Gayle McLeod

The Only Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe You’ll Need

It’s one pan. It’s bubbling hot. It’s cheesy…and it’s filled with gooey buffalo chicken. Need we say more? This classic spicy, satisfying easy buffalo chicken dip makes its appearance upon every table when sports season rolls around – but really, why wait? We make it whenever a party or craving happens since it’s so simple. It’ll probably even disappear much quicker than the time it took for you to make it (which is just under an hour!).

ingredients to make buffalo chicken dip in bowls on the counter including chicken, cheese, spices and buffalo sauce

What is Buffalo Chicken Dip Made of?

Traditional buffalo chicken dip recipes, like Frank's buffalo chicken dip, use a combination of dairy such as sour cream, cream cheese, or ranch dressing, plus a buffalo wing sauce and shredded or canned chicken. But what cheese goes with buffalo chicken? This depends on your tastes – we call for mild cheddar, mozzarella cheese, and a light blue in our recipe for buffalo chicken dip, so it doesn’t compete with flavor, but rather, it adds a creamy luxurious texture when melted. Make it your own by swapping out the cheddar for another mild melting cheese like Monterrey Jack or Colby.

In our Buffalo Chicken Dip, you’ll need the following:

  • Salted butter

  • Shredded chicken

  • Buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)

  • Cream cheese

  • Sour cream

  • Shredded mild cheddar

  • Low-moisture shredded mozzarella

  • Crumbled blue cheese

  • Worcestershire

  • Garlic powder

  • Onion powder

  • Green onions

  • Celery and chicken-flavored crackers for serving

buffalo sauce being poured into a cast iron skillet with melted butter and cooked shredded chicken for buffalo chicken dip
buffalo sauce, cooked shredded chicken and melted butter being stirred together with a wooden spoon in a cast iron skillet
chicken, buffalo sauce, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar, mozzarella, blue cheese, spices and green onions in a skillet
chicken, buffalo sauce, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar, mozzarella, blue cheese and spices stirred in a skillet

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions on how to make the best buffalo chicken dip:

  1. Coat the shredded chicken! Using a cast-iron skillet (or another oven-safe skillet) melt the butter. Add in the chicken and buffalo sauce and mix until all the chicken is nicely coated! Pro Tip: Feel free to use a rotisserie chicken and shred it up!

  2. Make it saucy! Add in all the remaining ingredients – saving some cheese and green onions for the top — and mix well!

  3. Bake it until bubbly! Top with remaining cheese and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.

  4. Serve and dip! Sprinkle crumbled blue cheese and green onions! Dip in your favorites, such as carrots, celery, and a variety of crackers, bread or chips!

homemade buffalo chicken dip in a cast iron skillet sprinkled with cheddar and mozzarella cheese on top ready for the oven
homemade buffalo chicken dip in a cast iron skillet fresh out of the oven next to bowls of green onions and blue cheese
homemade buffalo chicken dip in a cast iron skillet fresh out of the oven topped with blue cheese crumbles and green onions
homemade buffalo chicken dip in a cast iron skillet next to carrots, celery and chicken cracker for dipping

What Goes Best With Buffalo Chicken Dip?

First things first, you need all the delicious dippers such as celery, carrots, and little peppers like in this Perfect Cheese Board. We couldn’t forget the chicken-flavored crackers or the warm, soft loaf of Sourdough Bread either. Bonus points if you make homemade Herbed Flatbread. Yet, when it comes to the appetizer table, our favorite pairing is…you guessed it, crispy, cheesy quesadillas like our Roasted Poblano and Carnitas Quesadilla, Baked Chicken Quesadilla, or the easiest Sheet Pan Quesadilla with Jalapeño Ranch. Looking for other drool-worthy hors d'oeuvres? Try Twice Baked Potatoes or Potato Wedges with Ranch, Coconut Shrimp, Homemade Mozzarella Sticks, and last but never least, Texas Nachos. And if you want to cut through the heaviness, Shishito Peppers or Pickled Onions are the way to go. Dare we say it’s also the perfect pairing for beer?

Tools You’ll Need for Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Dip It Like It’s Hot!

Our favorite dips make for the perfect appetizer for all your game-day needs! You might even want to throw a dip party! We love to make:

chicken flavored crackers being dipped into a cast iron skillet full of homemade buffalo chicken dip
hand dipping chicken flavored cracker into a cast iron skillet full of homemade buffalo chicken dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip > Buffalo Wings!

Save the napkins (and your hands!) but keep all the flavor! Did you end up making our buffalo chicken dip? Show us by tagging us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  30 min
  • Calories: 367


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • ¾ cup buffalo sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1½ cups shredded mild cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • Celery sticks, for serving
  • Carrot sticks, for serving
  • Chicken-flavored crackers, for serving (optional)
  • Corn tortilla chips, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the center position.

  2. In a 12-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chicken and buffalo sauce and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Stir in cream cheese, sour cream, 1 cup cheddar, half of the mozzarella, half of the blue cheese, worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, and ¾ of the green onions until combined.

  4. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and mozzarella. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until hot and bubbly, about 25 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and crumbled blue cheese. Serve warm with celery and carrot sticks as well as crackers and chips if using.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories367
  • Protein17 g
  • Carbohydrates6 g
  • Total Fat31 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol91 mg
  • sodium994 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Questions & Reviews

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  • Casey

    Think you can throw this into a crockpot after it's mixed together?

    Should be fine! Hope you enjoy!

  • Hannah

    Surprisingly easy to make and so full of flavor. Modern Proper recipes never fail me.

    Thanks so much Hannah, we are so happy you love our recipes!

  • Anne

    Long time can hear, made this for the Super Bowl and just pulled it out of the oven. ITS AMMMMAAAZZING:) thanks for a slam dunk of a recipe. Go sports!

    Thanks Anne, we are so glad you loved it! Sports Sports!