Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is a creamy and spicy dip made with shredded chicken, hot sauce, ranch dressing, cream cheese, sour cream, and blue cheese, cooked in a slow cooker and served with chips and veggies.

Today’s Essential: Shredded Chicken

Shredded chicken is one of the best tools you can have up your sleeve. It’s super easy to make in a slow cooker and will do wonders for your meal prep game. You can use it as a base for tacos, sandwiches, salads, and soups. Transform a whole chicken or affordable cuts of chicken into a delicious and versatile meal option to save time, money, and reduce food waste!

A Party Favorite

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is the ultimate appetizer for any gathering, whether it’s a party or a casual game day get-together. People absolutely adore it, and it’s incredibly forgiving when it comes to ingredient quantities. You can easily adjust the amounts to match what you have on hand, and it will still turn out perfectly.

One of the fantastic things about this dip is its versatility. You don’t need to stress if you don’t have exactly 6 cups of shredded chicken or precise measurements of hot sauce, ranch dressing, and the other ingredients. Feel free to tailor it to your personal taste, and it’ll be a hit.

Plus, if you’re expecting a large crowd, you can effortlessly double or triple the recipe to ensure there’s enough for everyone. It’s a hassle-free dish that adapts to the size of your gathering.

Ingredients Needed

Exact measurements can be found in the printable recipe card below.

  • Shredded Chicken: We love to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker and shred it for a variety of recipes.
  • Hot Sauce: We used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, but you can use any variety of hot sauce or buffalo sauce you have on hand.
  • Ranch Dressing: This will tone down the spiciness to make sure the kids will like it too!
  • Cream Cheese: This will give it a tangy twist and makes the dip completely addictive.
  • Sour Cream: Substitute with plain Greek yogurt if you have it.
  • Blue Cheese: You can switch out the ranch dressing for blue cheese dressing and then leave the blue cheese out if you’d like.

Recipe Variations

  • Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and reduced-fat cream cheese to lower the calorie and fat content.
  • Make this recipe on the stovetop over medium-low heat for a faster option. It only takes about 15 minutes for everything to heat through.
  • You can also make it in the oven at 350F. This will take about 25-30 minutes.

Use slow cooker liners

These disposable liners are a game-changer. Place one in your slow cooker before adding ingredients, and you won’t have to worry about scrubbing! After cooking, just remove the liner, and you’re left with a clean insert.


This is an overview of the instructions. For complete directions, scroll down to the bottom.

  1. Dump all the ingredients for buffalo chicken dip into a Crock Pot, stir and heat through. Stir a couple times during the cooking process.

How to store and love your leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Allow any leftover dip to cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container. Eat within 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: While dips with dairy ingredients like cream cheese or sour cream can be frozen, it may alter their texture slightly. If you intend to freeze it, do so without any toppings like blue cheese. Place it in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bags and label with the date. Consume it within 1-2 months for the best quality.
  • Reheat: To reheat, use a microwave, stovetop, or oven. If using the oven, place the dip in an oven-safe dish, cover with foil, and warm it at a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C) to prevent separation.

Use leftovers from this recipe on top of baked potatoes for a fun meal!

Dipper options

For filling, carby dippers, try tortilla chips, crackers, toasted bread, or pita wedges. For healthy dipping options, try celery, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, or cucumber slices.


Can I make this dip ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dip in advance and refrigerate it. Reheat it in the slow cooker or microwave when you’re ready to serve.

What can I do if the dip turns out too spicy?

To reduce the spiciness, you can add more cream cheese, sour cream, or ranch dressing to mellow out the heat.

What’s the difference between hot sauce and Buffalo sauce?

Hot sauce is generally pure heat, while Buffalo sauce is hot sauce combined with butter.

Can I use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken for this recipe?

Yes, pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is a convenient and flavorful option for this dip.

buffalo chicken dip cooked from a slow cooker displayed with chips

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is a creamy and spicy dip made with shredded chicken, hot sauce, ranch dressing, cream cheese, sour cream, and blue cheese, cooked in a slow cooker and served with chips and veggies.
Katie Chase
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Recipe Servings 12 people


  • slow cooker
  • spoon for mixing


  • 6 cups shredded chicken cooked
  • 2 cups Frank's Red Hot Sauce or Buffalo Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 5 ounces blue cheese divided


  • Add all ingredients, reserving 1/2 of the bleu cheese for topping, into the slow cooker and stir as well as you can.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours, stirring every hour to combine.
  • Serve once blended and warmed though, with chips, veggies, and the like.
Disclaimer: Please note all serving sizes, pricing, and nutrition is an estimate based on 2023-2024 pricing and nutrition guides. For accuracy please do your own calculations.

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