Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip has just FIVE ingredients and it makes a big batch that’s perfect for parties, get-togethers, or game days! This dip couldn’t be easier to make because it’s a slow cooker dip recipe! Put the ingredients into a crock pot and you can serve the dip right from the slow cooker, too!

close up of buffalo chicken dip in bowl

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

This buffalo chicken dip recipe was actually my very first slow cooker experience. Growing up, my mom never used one, so I never used one. But now, I love using mine.

This easy crockpot buffalo chicken dip recipe gets rave reviews every time I bring it to a party and I’m always asked for the recipe – some even refer to it as “crack dip” because it’s addictive. Luckily I have this lil blog to point people to 😉

bowl of shredded chicken with slow cooker in background

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients

There are only five, everyday ingredients in this recipe which makes it super easy. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Cooked & Shredded Chicken – I like to season then boil boneless, skinless chicken breasts when I make this recipe. You could also shred up a rotisserie chicken. Or, I suppose you could use canned chicken, but please don’t. It grosses me out haha
  • Cream Cheese – Cube up a brick of cream cheese.
  • Ranch Dressing – Hidden Valley is the brand I usually have on hand. Use your favorite.
  • Frank’s Wing Sauce – Make sure you grab wing sauce and not regular hot sauce.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Shredded cheddar cheese, whether you shred it yourself or buy a bag of pre-shredded. I usually use Mild Cheddar.

overhead shot of slow cooker bowl of buffalo chicken dip ingredients

How to make Buffalo Chicken Dip in the slow cooker

  1. STEP ONE: First, if you need to cook your chicken, I like to season with salt & pepper & seasoned salt then boil it in either water or chicken broth for 10 minutes at a rapid boil. Then remove and shred, either with forks, or throw it into your stand mixer with the paddle attachment to make things really easy. Alternatively, you can make instant pot shredded chicken.

    If you have pre-cooked chicken (like a rotisserie chicken or make a whole chicken in the slow cooker), just shred it up.
  1. STEP TWO: Then, add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for about an hour, stirring after 30 minutes.
  2. STEP THREE: Stir then turn the heat to LOW or WARM while serving.

That’s it! So easy.

Can I make it in the oven?

Yes, if you don’t want to use the slow cooker, you can make the buffalo chicken dip on the stovetop or bake it in the oven. Either way, you’re just melting the ingredients together.

If baking in the oven, top with a layer of cheese and bake at 350° for approximately 20-30 minutes.

glass bowl of buffalo chicken dip with celery

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a rotisserie chicken if you don’t feel like making your own.
  • Start with room temperature cream cheese to get it to melt more evenly.
  • Make sure you get Frank’s WING sauce and not regular hot sauce. Wing sauce is basically hot sauce thinned out with butter to make it less intense.
  • Serve this dip with tortilla chips or celery sticks. Or, I’ve even had friends pile it onto pita bread & eat it as a sandwich.

How to store leftovers & reheat

We very rarely have leftovers but if you do, scoop any into an airtight storage container and place it in the fridge.

You can either reheat it in portions in the microwave, or if you have a lot leftover, you can place it back into the slow cooker on WARM to heat through.

Ways to repurpose leftovers

If you do happen to have leftovers and aren’t feeling very dippy, here are some ways you can transform your buffalo chicken dip into something even more delicious:

overhead shot of buffalo chicken dip on a platter with chips & celery

Need more buffalo recipes in your life? Try these:

Need more slow cooker chicken recipes? Try these:

buffalo chicken dip on a slice of celery

Equipment needed to make Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Slow Cooker – I’ve had this slow cooker for years and highly recommend it.
  • Chip & Dip Serving Set – This is cute, though I like to serve out of the slow cooker to keep it warm.
  • Frank’s WING Sauce – Make sure you get wing sauce and not just straight up hot sauce. Unless you’re into super hot.
  • Serving Spoon – For scooping up all that goodness.

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overhead shot of bowl of buffalo chicken dip with chips & celery
close up of buffalo chicken dip in bowl

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip has just FIVE ingredients and it makes a big batch that's perfect for parties, get-togethers, or game days! This dip couldn't be easier to make because it's a slow cooker dip recipe! Put the ingredients into a crock pot and you can serve the dip right from the slow cooker, too!
4.78 from 300 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 300 kcal



  • 1 pound cooked chicken shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • ¾ cup Frank’s Red Hot Wing sauce Wing sauce, not regular hot sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Place all ingredients into the slow cooker and heat on high for about an hour, until everything is melted.
  • Give it a stir a few times along the way.
  • Turn heat to low or warm while serving.



Serve warm with tortilla chips and celery sticks.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge, it warms up really well, either back in the slow cooker or in the microwave.


Serving: -1gCalories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 15gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 885mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 466IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 165mgIron: 1mg

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Originally published March 22, 2010

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  1. Ariel says

    5 stars
    Huge hit, easy to make!

  2. Melissa says

    5 stars
    Listen!!! This is hands down the best dip! It’s a must have at my Super Bowl parties, but it’s a staple for any party I go to or throw! Love, love, LOVE this!!! You have to try it!

  3. Olivia says

    5 stars
    Grabbed the ingredients, threw them in the crockpot, and didn’t regret following this recipe! So amazing, can’t wait to do it for the Super Bowl, because the Super Bowl is all about food!

  4. JdizzyInDaHouse says

    5 stars
    Thorough, and obviously delicious. Not much more to say.

  5. Kathy says

    How many people will the first recipe serve

  6. Jade says

    Have you done it with sharp cheddar cheese?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I believe we have, I don’t remember it making much difference.

  7. Rebecca C says

    5 stars
    This has become my go-to Buffalo dip recipe that everyone keeps asking me to make! Followed exactly and have only changed it up if I had different cheese on hand and turns out great every time! Simple, consistent, and flavorful, what more could you want?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yay 🙂 It’s my most requested from friends, too.

  8. Dani says

    5 stars
    This recipe was quick, easy, and so good! I added pasta to this recipe and made it into a dinner. So good! It will be on repeat for us!

  9. Roxanne says

    5 stars
    Always a hit !

  10. Michelle Youngblood says

    This has become my tried and true go-to! Perfect consistency and flavor.

  11. Charlotte says

    5 stars
    Will doubling it work?? 🙂

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, as long as your slow cooker is large enough. Sometimes doubling slow cooker recipes gets tricky but because you’re essentially just melting everything in this one, it should be fine.

  12. Irene Allrich says

    I made this, for my taste I used a mild Buffalo wing sauce and only a 1/4 cup.

  13. Diane says

    Can you se raw chicken in the crockpot pot with all the ingredients instead of cooking ahead of time?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, but the directions will be different & I haven’t tested it.
      I would add the chicken, ranch, and wing sauce. Cook on HIGH for around 4 hours (or until chicken is cooked through). Shred the chicken, stir in cream cheese and shredded cheddar, cook until fully melted, stirring a few times.

  14. Michelle says

    I make this often. It’s so easy! I’m taking it to a party tonight and already know it will be a big hit.

  15. Marcie Rosenberg says

    Can you add a cup of Marie’s blue cheese to the rest of the mixture?

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