This Buffalo Chicken Dip is the easiest snack food recipe I’ve made! The ranch dressing adds a great flavor and the cream cheese adds a creaminess that you can’t resist. This crockpot recipe is great for tailgates or watching games at home.
I enjoyed the opportunity to make this recipe for Karina Nova and Ross Caruso on WBNS Channel 10. I was asked to bring two different versions of the recipe. One using fresh chicken breasts that I cooked and shredded on my own and the second using canned meat. The anchors and crew LOVED both versions and they couldn’t tell a difference.
Buffalo Chicken Dip in the Slow Cooker
I love that this recipe is so versatile and EASY. Precooked canned chicken gives you so many more options, so that’s the version that I’ll share in this post. The ingredients can be mixed up and put in a slow cooker until the cheese is melted and everything is warmed through. OR the recipe can be prepared in the oven in twenty minutes.
Regardless of how you heat the recipe be sure to stir at least once. If you leave the recipe in the slow cooker on low or keep warm be sure to continue to stir so the ingredients don’t burn on the edges.
This recipe tastes great with chips or celery for dipping.
Should I Use Fresh Chicken or Canned Chicken?
Since there are so many additional flavors added to the chicken in this Buffalo Chicken Dip it really doesn’t matter what kind of chicken is used. While canned chicken may not look as nice as a freshly cooked chicken breast, but the quality and food safety are the same or better.
Canning meat is a way to help preserve and keep meat shelf-stable without refrigeration, so it truly is beneficial. My husband’s family raises turkeys and there is a canning plant in the area that will make canned turkey and chicken. This practice supports family farmers and decreases the need for refrigeration which is costly.
We had some debate about this issue prior to going on TV, so I was asked to bring two recipes. One with canned chicken and one with fresh chicken. No one could tell the difference!
Although it was 7 a.m. the crew had been there for hours, so they really enjoyed this treat!
Ingredients Needed for Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Shredded chicken, canned or fresh both work fine
- Cream cheese
- Hot sauce
- Ranch dressing
- Shredded cheddar cheese
How To Make Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken
- Mix all ingredients together
- Pour into lined or greased crock pot
- Cook on high for one hour and stir at least once
- Serve warm with tortilla chips, celery or other vegetables
The ingredients in this picture were mixed up by the one and only Karina Nova. Can you tell, the recipe just looks special, doesn’t it?
Other Easy Crock Pot Party Food Ideas
- Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole (Low Carb)
- Crock Pot Loaded Red Potatoes
- Fiesta Sausage Dip
- Meaty Baked Beans
- Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Mess Cake
Printable Recipe for Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
This Buffalo Chicken Dip is the easiest snack food or appetizer I’ve made. The ranch and cheese make this Buffalo Chicken Dip extra delicious.
- 28 ounces canned shredded chicken drained
- 8 ounces cream cheeses softened
- 1/2 cup hot sauce
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 1/2 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
Cook on high in the slow cooker for one hour or until all of the cheeses are melted. Stir at least once while cooking and again when finished.
Serve warm with tortilla chips or veggies.