Not So Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

February 27, 2020

Buffalo chicken dip in cast iron pot
This creamy, mild flavored buffalo chicken dip is an appetizer sure to be a hit at your next party and couldn't be any easier to make with just five ingredients placed in a crock pot.




Buffalo chicken dip and scoops
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I know there is nothing new about buffalo chicken dip, but up until recently, I haven't been able to say that I liked everyone's favorite party dip.  All of the ones I tasted had huge chunks of chicken that never quite fit on my tortilla chip, along with a lot of hot buffalo flavor.  While I know some people love that spice, I'm not one of them.  And after I posted my recipe for a mild buffalo chicken wing, I realized I'm not the only one who feels this way.


This past summer I was finally able to experience the delight of buffalo chicken dip when I tasted a more mild version.  A little more ranch, a little less hot sauce.  I've worked for a bit to perfect my own recipe to share with those of you who, like me, don't love all the heat, but love the creamy texture and flavor. And if you do, just add some more hot sauce when heating it in the crock pot.



Buffalo chicken dip in cast iron pot





WHAT'S IN BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP




There are countless different recipes out there for buffalo chicken dip , but most have the same basic ingredients:  Ranch dressing, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, hot sauce, and (obviously) chicken.  What mostly makes each different is the exact amounts of each ingredient and how the dip is prepared.





HOW CAN YOU GET THE BEST FLAVOR?





  • As is the case with most recipes you'll make, the way to get the best flavor from your buffalo chicken dip is to use the best ingredients.  I like to use Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and Frank's Hot Sauce because I like their flavor the most.  If you have another favorite ranch dressing or hot sauce, then you may prefer the flavor using those.  




  • The second way that I like to get the best flavor is to use fresh Rotisserie chicken from the deli that I cut into small chunks myself.  Canned chicken is convenient and makes the recipe easy to make, but I personally prefer the flavor of the Rotisserie chicken.  You can also use freshly cooked chicken that you may have leftover from dinner.




Buffalo chicken dip in pot on napkin




WHY DOES SOME BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP GET GREASY?




Overcooking the dip or having the temperature up too high will result in a greasy looking dip.  This will not affect the flavor, but doesn't look as appealing.  The secret is to cook the buffalo chicken dip on low for 3 to 4 hours.  Turning up the heat will obviously make your dip faster, but will most often result in the oils from the hot sauce and cheese separating.





WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP?




I love eating the dip with tortilla chips, specifically Tostito's Scoops because I think they work really well for getting a chip full of dip.  It is also delicious served with celery, pretzels, or crackers.

Although the dip was made in the slow cooker, I served it in individual portions in these mini cast iron pots.  If you warm them a bit in the oven they will keep your dip warm while you eat at the table.  I placed them on rattan coasters to protect the plate from the heat.



buffalo chicken dip and tortilla chips





CAN BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP BE REHEATED?




Yes, you can reheat buffalo chicken dip!  But just as when you're preparing the dip the first time, you don't want to overheat it.  I like to put a serving in a small dish and microwave it for about 30 seconds, testing it, and then heating a bit more if necessary.  It can also be heated in a 350 degree oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or a slow cooker on low for about an hour.




CAN BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP BE MADE IN A SMALLER AMOUNT?




This recipe prepares a party-sized amount of the appetizer.  But if you'd like to just prepare it for yourself or a small group, feel free to divide the recipe in half or even in fourths.  Follow the instructions as written, and cook the dip in the slow cooker until the cream cheese is melted completely.



Buffalo chicken dip





MILD BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP







INGREDIENTS


  • 2 cups shredded chicken 
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed 
  • 1 cup Hidden Valley ranch dressing 
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Original Sauce 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


INSTRUCTIONS


STEP 1:  Place all the ingredients into a slow cooker and stir to combine.

STEP 2: Place your lid on slow cooker and cook the mixture on low for 2 to 4 hours stirring occasionally.  It is done when the cheese is completely melted and you don't see the chunks of cream cheese.  Do not over-cook and do not turn the heat up to high.


Store the dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.





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Not so spicy buffalo chicken dip

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