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

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), just shred it up.

STEP TWO: Then, add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for about an hour, stirring after 30 minutes.

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.

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
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 151 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
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. Meg S says

    What size crockpot did you use?

  2. Moriah says

    5 stars
    Such a simple and easy recipe! Will be doing it again!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for reporting back 🙂

  3. Alex says

    5 stars
    Just made this!! Used 1.5 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast and seasoned both sides with salt, pepper and Lawrys seasoned salt. I cut the breasts long ways down the center to make it less thick to boil faster and used chicken broth and 2 cups of plain water! The chicken was pretty dang good alone! But followed the recipe and now we all have belly aches from stuffing our face with this dip! Will do again! And so cheap to make! Loved it!!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      That makes me happy – I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for reporting back 🙂

  4. Cherie says

    5 stars
    Made this awhile ago for a super bowl party. The host hugged me and said it was the best thing he had ever tasted and begged me to leave the left overs.
    Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Lol I’ve gotten that response before, too! Thank you for reporting back 🙂

  5. Melissa says

    5 stars
    Sooo delicious!!!! Everybody loved it and it was super easy to make. Will defiantly be making again in the near future!!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      So happy to hear that – thank you for reporting back!

  6. Rika B. says

    5 stars
    Omg, made this for thanksgiving and it was a hit! Used a bottle of ranch and Frank’s buffalo wing sauce(basically what the measurements added up to) I made a serving for 24. Used mild and sharp cheddar 1 block each! Seasoned the chicken overnight with black pepper, season salt, adobo, onion/garlic powder, paprika and a lil chili powder. Followed the cooking instructions as is. Used some vegetable broth and water to boil the chicken! Definitely making this agin

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m so glad it was a hit – thank you for reporting back! Happy holidays =)

  7. Ashley says

    5 stars
    Quick question… have you ever used this to make pinwheels? It sounds delicious and wanted to make buffalo chicken pinwheels!

    • Melissa Williams says

      YES! I have a buffalo chicken pinwheels recipe shot, I just need to write it up.

  8. Jessica M Formato says

    5 stars
    Quick and delicious, will definitely make again

  9. Brittany says

    1. How long would you could this on for low? 2. Could you technically cook the chicken whole and then shred it?
    I’m trying to make this recipe while out at a different location for a gender reveal, then come back to it done (or almost done).

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi. You can cook the chicken any way you want. All you’re doing in the slow cooker is melting everything together. I usually start mine on high then switch to warm while serving.

  10. Alyssa says

    What size slow cooker works best for this recipe?

  11. L says

    Why can’t you throw all the ingredients in the crockpot? This remind me of “crack” chicken in a way with the ranch and cr cheese only difference is axding the buffalo sauce. I think of course it would increase your cook time but don’t see why you couldn’t also do it this way

  12. Kandis says

    5 stars
    Today was my first time every making buffalo chicken dip. I followed the recipe to a “T”. And it was amazing, my husband and kids said add this to the list from now on.

  13. Linda says

    5 stars
    Love this recipe whether made in a slow cooker or in the oven in a baking dish. Then I layer it.
    Shredded chicken coated with Franks first. Melted cream cheese mixed with either ranch dressing or sour cream and topped with cheese. When the cheese is nice and bubbly it’s ready!
    Either method is wonderful and always a big hit!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thanks, Linda! I have baked it before, too. I even put it in the IP once, but that was my least favorite method lol

  14. Leslie says

    Is there any other sauce you would recommend for this? My husband really doesn’t like Buffalo sauce but I really want a tasty chicken dip for a birthday party.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi Leslie – I would suggest just picking another recipe if he doesn’t like buffalo sauce. I haven’t tested swapping buffalo with anything since you’re mixing it with ranch & cream cheese & they pair well together.

    • Cae says

      I use regular Frank’s hot sauce

  15. Katie says

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this! Definitely a favorite at our house 🙂 my fiancé isn’t officially lactose-intolerant but has some issues after eating this, do you think using dairy-free alternatives would have a huge affect on the taste? I know it will a little, but I want him to be able to fully enjoy. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m glad you like it! Unfortunately, I’ve never tested it with dairy-free alternatives. Crystal Farms used to make a lactose-free cheese (I haven’t looked for it in awhile) but maybe that is an option?

  16. Diny1 says

    5 stars
    Excellent. Made it for a crowd and everyone loved it. Spicy but not too hot. I boiled the chicken and shredded it. Simple. Will Definitely make it again. Goes a long way. Certainly a crowd pleaser for sure!,

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m so glad it was a hit! Thanks for reporting back 🙂

  17. Cc says

    I always use regular Frank’s hot sauce instead of Buffalo hot sauce! IMO, it tastes better with regular Frank’s!

  18. tess says

    5 stars
    just made this and it was amazing!

  19. Macy says

    How much of each ingredients do I use??

    • Melissa Williams says

      You scrolled past the recipe card with directions & measurements to get to the comment box 🙂 Just scroll up a bit.

  20. Jay says

    5 stars
    One of my favorite dishes!

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