No Fuss Buffalo Chicken Dip


Up until about eight years ago my mother had never left the South in her life. Then Daddy got elected as president of our state Fraternal Order of Police and the traveling commenced. You see, the FOP has conferences throughout the year in different states and such and Mama and Daddy go to a great many of them as part of Daddy’s job.

Mama has seen places and done things in the past few years that I know I’ll never see. She’s seen deserts, the Grand Canyon, she’s sat directly in front of two different Presidents of the United States as they spoke, she’s been to Canada enough to tell you what restaurants she likes best, and to California enough to tell you who has the best price on groceries and where to get the best hamburger.

We’ve benefitted a lot from her travels in terms of neat souvenirs and interesting stories but today you’re going to benefit from a recipe Mama got at a police conference in Virginia Beach a few years back, Buffalo Chicken Dip. She took one bite of it and went to hunt down the caterer who graciously offered the recipe. This dip combines the best of both worlds with the taste of buffalo chicken wings, cheesy goodness, and none of those little annoying bones! Serve it up warm with your favorite chips and it will disappear like...umm…Okay, I’d really like to put a football analogy here but I’m not actually into football so it’ll disappear like umm…ok like a really good Buffalo Chicken dip!

You’ll need: Hot sauce (like Franks, Texas Pete, or generic- get whatever is cheapest), cream cheese, chicken, and cheddar cheese.

You can use chicken that you cooked but I had this on hand because I buy these cans at Sam’s and eat them as quick lunches from time to time.

I know, I’m wierd, but a little salt and oh my that stuff is good!

Okay, now I know you’re seeing hot sauce here and thinking this is going to be spicy but it’s really not. The hot sauce adds a lot of flavor but the cream cheese and other ingredients really cut out the zing and just leave you with a very flavorful dip that won’t scorch your mouth. It’s mild enough for everyone. Honest!

Place your cream cheese in a bowl and soften by putting it in the microwave for thirty seconds or so.

I just love a recipe that doesn’t require me to soften my cream cheese at room temp. I’m not into planning ahead like that anyway :)

In that same bowl, add your cheese and chicken.

Add in your hot sauce.

Seriously, I promise this isn’t going to be zingy hot.

Mix all of that up in a bowl with a fork or spoon.

Whichever one you happen to grab first, we’re not particular here.

Spread into your pan and bake at 350 for twenty minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup Hot Sauce
  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded (or large can of chicken)
  1. In large bowl, soften cream cheese in the microwave for about thirty seconds or so. Add cheddar cheese, chicken, and hot sauce. Stir well to combine. Spread into 8x8 baking dish and bake at 350 for twenty minutes. Serve warm with pretzel chips, tortilla chips, or veggies.
  2. *You can put all of this in the slow cooker on low until heated through (about an hour) and then keep on warm to serve

In light of the snowstorm about to hit a bunch of y’all, I thought this would be a great quote for today.

When life gives you Lemons, you make Lemonade.

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  1. Kim Cadd says

    I make this dip for just about every party we have since it is requested by everyone. I us colby/jack cheese as well as medium cheddar. This is also good baked into wonton wrappers. just take the wrapper and press gently in a mini muffin pan and bake at 350 for about 15 min. you have your dip and crunchy bite all in one. I cant handle alot of spice so I use from a 1/4 c to1/2 depending on the mood.

  2. Nicole Carey says

    I’m glad your Momma and Dady enjoyed our neck of the woods. We make this around my house all the time! We mix the cream cheese with some blue cheese salad dresing and stir in some blue cheese crumbles, then bake the same way you stated.

  3. Melissa Littlefield says

    okay….tried it and just have to say that the comment “seriously…..t’s not hot” is a bold-print lie (of course I am a wimp when it comes to hot stuff) I added another hunk (8 oz) of cream cheese hoping to simmer it down, to no avail to my hot lips….because i am still on fire. I did, however, come up with a great idea for one of my students with autism who is obsessed with fire-breathing dragons. :)Hmmmm………

  4. Lydda Beth says

    Awesome recipe — and I like the tip about using the slow cooker for a party, too. Like the readers above, I’ve often made this in layers, including a layer of bleu cheese AND a layer of ranch dressing powder mix. It makes for an amazing flavor profile. Alternatively, you definitely can mix the ranch mix in with the cream cheese in your recipe and leave the bleu cheese out…

    Love the site AND your book! I was raised in southern Ohio, but we have a LOT of recipes/dishes in common, as well as most all of the Southern Sayings that I also grew up with. Thanks, Christy!

  5. Kathy says

    I make a similar dip, but mine is layered. The bottom layer is the cream cheese spread in a square baking dish, the second layer is the chicken mixed with hot sauce and the top layer is 2 cups cheddar mixed with ranch dressing. To me it tastes better this way. Try it and see what you think!

  6. Melissa S. says

    You have mentioned in another post that the Mexican section can have the same products at a cheaper price. I was getting the ingredients for this today and found hot sauce in the Mexican section for half the price of the hot sauce in the condiment section. Great tip!

  7. says

    OK Christy. I trusted your recipe judgement implicitly until this one. I made this and my mouth is still burning. Waaaaay too hot saucy and I did not even use the whole amount called for. My mouth is still burning. I still love you though.


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