It’s everything you love about fall and football in one party appetizer, Buffalo Chicken Dip Football Appetizer! The creamy buffalo dip and that bread!
It’s football season and college football is blaring on TV screens all around the country. Whether or not you’re a fan of college football you are certainly a fan of football appetizers. Especially when there’s bread and Tillamook Cheese involved, am I right? This Buffalo Chicken Dip Football Appetizer has everything you want in football-watching food plus there are veggies so technically you’re getting in some vitamins too.
Ok, not really, I mean, you are but I’m pretty sure all of that bread, cheese and cream cheese cancel out any chance of this being healthy.
But it’s worth it!!!
As you know, we are partnered with Tillamook so we’ve been creating and sharing recipes like crazy on our Instagram Channel, which is so fun, but we’ve had such a huge request to put the recipes on our blog so that they can be pinned to Pinterest and pulled up any time, so we just had to go for it.
We’ve had a few recipes to share already like our Spicy Queso Pasta Primavera and Philly Cheese Steak Bread, but this Buffalo Chicken Dip Football Appetizer is Cade’s absolute favorite so we had to get it up here ASAP!
What is in Buffalo Chicken Dip?
Buffalo Chicken is a spicy chicken sauce over chicken breasts, chicken wings etc. To make a buffalo chicken dip you combine these ingredients before baking everything together.
- Cream Cheese
- Buffalo Sauce
- Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese
How to Make a Football Appetizer with Crescent Rolls
You know us, we don’t really do the cute and fun, artistic and complicated recipes on this food blog. Instead we stick to darn good flavors over anything else, so let me tell you how to make a football appetizer with crescent rolls.
Start out by rolling out one package of crescent roll dough on your silpat.
Make sure the dough comes straight out of the fridge because it’s easier to work with when it’s cold.
Pinch all of the seams together and then mold the dip, using your hands on top of the sheet of dough.
Cover with another sheet of dough that has been pinched together.
Press around the football and trim off excess dough.
Use leftover strips to make the threads on top.
Buffalo Chicken Dip in the Oven
The original way to make buffalo chicken dip is to do so in the oven, baking the mixture together until hot and bubbly, however you do have other options.
What is Buffalo Chicken Dip Served With?
Buffalo chicken dip is a unique football appetizer recipe in that you don’t just serve it with a bunch of chips or bread like some other recipes.
Speaking of, at the bottom of this post I’ve linked to our favorite dip recipes that you totally have to try. They are so, so good!
But back to the buffalo chicken dip football appetizer. Here are some ideas of what to serve with buffalo chicken dip.
- Peppers, Bell are best
- Extra Crescent Rolls, cut into triangles and baked
- Toast Points
- Broccoli (sounds crazy but it’s good)
- Cucumber slices
What Cheese for Buffalo Chicken Dip?
Here’s a big question for buffalo chicken dip football appetizer. What cheese do you use in buffalo dip?
That’s actually up to you, but we prefer to use Tillamook Sharp or Extra Sharp Cheddar. Tillamook uses
the highest quality milk from dairy cows not treated with artificial growth hormones and naturally ages their cheese to
Plus! Their shreds are cut into larger pieces specifically to deliver a better melt for baked dishes.
You could also throw in whatever other kinds of cheeses you like in addition to the cheddar, but that’s our favorite.
Why is My Buffalo Chicken Dip Runny?
Generally, buffalo chicken dip is runny because you didn’t add enough chicken and used too much of the buffalo sauce and/or ranch.
A low fat cream cheese will also make the dip a little runnier.
Why is My Buffalo Chicken Dip Greasy?
Buffalo chicken dip can often end up greasy and separated. Have you ever noticed that? It doesn’t look appetizing and it doesn’t hold up well at a party. But don’t fret, we can totally help.
- Use a high-quality cheese like, Tillamook. Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Shredded Cheese is cut into thick, generous shreds straight from their award-winning blocks of Cheddar and is naturally aged (no fillers!) so the cheese will melt down properly.
- Only use softened cream cheese. If you use cold cream cheese it will not completely combine with the other ingredients. It’s essential that you take the cream cheese out of the fridge to come closer to room temperature so that it will combine with all of the ingredients.
- Bake the dip at a temperature like 350-375 for 25-30 minutes versus too low a temperature or too high as it will cause the cheese to not melt and meld with the other ingredients.
Can You Leave Buffalo Chicken Dip Out Overnight?
You cannot leave buffalo chicken dip out overnight as it has meat and dairy in the recipe that can go bad as it sits out on the counter.
- How Long Does Buffalo Chicken Dip Last?
Alright, so how long does buffalo chicken dip last on the counter? Well, that’s a tricky question because it really shouldn’t be sitting out for more than two hours, but then again, would buffalo chicken dip even be left at that point?
I think not.
- How to Store Buffalo Chicken Dip
If you aren’t finished with the buffalo chicken dip football appetizer, just place the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge as this will keep the air and moisture out.
- Can you Freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip
Technically you can freeze buffalo chicken dip; however, I’ve noticed that the dairy can separate from the cheese and chicken as it comes back to temperature upon reheating.
Can You Make Buffalo Chicken Dip Ahead of Time?
I can still smell that buffalo sauce from making it. It keeps making me think about eating it, which is why I’m answering all of these questions while they are on my mind.
You can make buffalo chicken dip up to 2 days ahead of time, though like always, it’s best if you make it the day of.
Buffalo Chicken Dip Football Appetizer Recipe
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Buffalo Chicken Dip Football Appetizer
- 2 Cans Crescent Rolls, 8-ounce cans
- 12 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
- 3/4 Cup Ranch Dressing
- 3/4 Cup Buffalo Sauce
- 1 1/4 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp, Shredded
- 3 Cups Chicken, Shredded, or more to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic with Parsley Seasoning
- Peppers, chopped
- Celery, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or preferably a silpat.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
- Add in the buffalo sauce and ranch and stir to combine.
- Shred the chicken and add it, along with the Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese into the bowl and stir to coat.
- Roll one sheet of crescent roll dough out on the prepared baking sheet, and pinch seams together to seal.
- Place the buffalo dip in the center then use your hands or a spatula to form the mixture into a large football shape.
- Place a second sheet of crescent roll dough on top and press lightly to wrap dough around football.
- Pinch together seams then press around the bottom edges tightly to seal.
- Using a pizza cutter, trace around the football to remove excess dough, pressing the bottom again to seal.
- Cut the scraps of dough into football laces and lay one in center of football lengthwise.
- Cut smaller stitches to go across.
- Bake until golden, about 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter and stir in the seasoning.
- Remove from the oven and brush with the garlic seasoning.
- Serve warm with crackers, veggies or bread.