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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is the ultimate dip to serve at any football game, tailgate, or sports get-together. Using the slow cooker makes this buffalo chicken dip easy and foolproof!

A bowl of buffalo chicken dip. A chip has been dipped in and melty stringy cheese is hanging from the tip of the chip. Chips and celery sticks are in the background.

I don’t know a single person who has any self control when it comes to buffalo chicken dip. Not one!

But a problem I have seen with this staple football food is that once it sits out during the length of the game it can get cold, hard, dry and quite frankly not appetizing anymore.

By using the slow cooker, we are going to keep this shredded buffalo chicken dip hot, fresh with melty gooey cheese until everyone is scraping the sides of the bowl clean! Just dump all the ingredients in, stir, and forget about it! 

So put on your favorite team’s hoodie and your comfiest fat pants, and sit down in front of the big game with a plate full of this slow cooker buffalo chicken dip! I guarantee you’ll want to go back for more!

A tortilla chip with slow cooker buffalo chicken dip on it. There is shredded chicken, creamy buffalo sauce and chopped green onions in the dip.

Ingredients Needed for Buffalo Chicken Dip

You will see when you read these ingredients that this dip is totally healthy and low calories! Nope, that’s a lie…a big lie! But it’s so dang good that you just totally have to indulge every now and then!

Here’s what goes into making this buffalo ranch chicken dip: 

  • Cooked and Shredded Chicken
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Butter
  • Water
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese 

Small containers of ingredients for buffalo chicken dip. There is shredded cheese, shredded chicken, cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, and water.

How to Make Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

It doesn’t get much easier than this! That is one of my favorite features of slow cooker recipes…easy!

Prep the dip: Combine cooked chicken, butter, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, cream cheese, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and water in the slow cooker.

A slow cooker containing shredded chicken, cheese, cream cheese, ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.

Cook the dip: Put on the lid and cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add some cheese: Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese over the top and replace the lid until the cheese is melted.  

A slow cooker filled with buffalo chicken dip. The dip is cooked to a smooth, creamy perfection with melted cheese on top. Tortilla chips are in the background.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Shredded 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.

Here are some ideas of what to serve with buffalo chicken dip:

  • Celery
  • Bell Peppers
  • Crackers
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Toast Points
  • Broccoli (sounds crazy but it’s good)
  • Cucumber slices

And if you use veggies, you’ll feel better about eating more and more dip!

A bowl of buffalo chicken dip topped with melted cheese and chopped green onions. A chip is being dipped into it. There are chips and celery sticks surrounding the bowl of dip.

How Long Does Buffalo Chicken Dip Last?

Buffalo chicken dip will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container. 

Does Buffalo Chicken Dip Need To Be Refrigerated?

Yes, this buffalo ranch chicken dip should be stored in the refrigerator. Note that buffalo chicken dip should not sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 

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. The taste will still be great, but it won’t look as appetizing.

Warm slow cooker buffalo chicken dip. The cheese is melted and there are chopped green onions on top.

How to Reheat Buffalo Chicken Dip 

Have lots of leftovers? No worries, this creamy buffalo chicken dip reheats well. Larger servings can be reheated in the slow cooker. Individual servings can be gently reheated in the microwave. 

Can I Prep This Dip in Advance? 

This dip takes barely 5 minutes of hands on prep work, but if you’d like to prepare it in advance you may. To do so, measure out all the ingredients and place in the slow cooker insert or a mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours before cooking the dip. 

A slow cooker with warm buffalo chicken dip. the dip is topped with melted cheese and there are tortilla chips next to the slow cooker.

How Do You Thicken Buffalo Chicken Dip?

Generally, buffalo chicken dip winds up being 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.

What Is Buffalo Sauce Made Of?

Buffalo sauce is a hot sauce generally made with hot sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and butter.

Buffalo chicken dip. There is a tortilla chip that has been dipped in. You can see shredded chicken in a creamy orange buffalo sauce topped with melted cheese and chopped green onions.

What Kind of Buffalo Sauce Should I Use? 

Traditionally, homemade buffalo chicken dip is made using Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce. 

Can I Make This Without a Slow Cooker? 

Yes, this dip can be made in the oven if desired. However, we prefer using a slow cooker since it keeps the dip warm and prevents it from hardening during the game. 

A bowl of warm, buffalo chicken dip. Cheese is melted on the top and there are chopped green onions on top. Celery sticks are in the background.

Tips for Making the BEST Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Slow cooker: We have this Hamilton Beach brand slow cooker and love it!
  • Chicken: You can cook and shred the chicken yourself, or you can buy a rotisserie chicken from the store to save yourself some time. Your choice! 
  • Cream cheese: Use full-fat, brick-style cream cheese. Low-fat or whipped cream cheese will result in a runny dip. 
  • Ranch dressing: You need to use prepared ranch salad dressing in this recipe, NOT the ranch seasoning packets. 

A chip being dipped into warm buffalo chicken dip. Cheese is melted on top, and there are chopped green onions sprinkled over the dip.

More Easy Dips You’ll Love: 

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A bowl of buffalo chicken dip. A chip has been dipped in and melty stringy cheese is hanging from the tip of the chip. Chips and celery sticks are in the background.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken dip

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is the ultimate dip to serve at any football game, tailgate, or sports get-together. Using the slow cooker makes this buffalo chicken dip easy and foolproof!

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Chicken , cooked and shredded
  • 3/4 Cup Buffalo Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  • Combine cooked chicken, butter, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, cream cheese, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and water in the slow cooker.
  • Put on the lid and cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese over the top and replace the lid until the cheese is melted. Serve with chips, crackers, or veggies.

Notes

Storage: Buffalo chicken dip will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken dip
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 642mg28%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A bowl of buffalo chicken dip. A chip has been dipped in and melty stringy cheese is hanging from the tip of the chip. Chips and celery sticks are in the background.

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  • What’s the serving size? The nutrition facts block seems to say 1 gram.

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    • Hi Lyn! So sorry about that! The serving size is 1/2 cup. I have updated the nutritional information on the recipe too. Thank you for bringing that to our attention!

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