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The Best Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip (4 Steps)

The Best Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip (4 Steps)

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip is known for its creamy texture, tangy flavor, and just the right amount of spice. This dip is a versatile appetizer that can be found at most parties or gatherings, and it can be tailored to suit various taste preferences. Originating from the love of Buffalo wings, the dip incorporates similar flavors in a scoopable form, making it a beloved choice for its ease of serving and eating.

In this article, we explore different aspects of crafting the perfect Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip, from choosing the right base of creamy components to selecting the protein and perfecting the flavor with a variety of seasonings and different hot sauces. Lastly, we provide our own unique recipe that is unlike most buffalo chicken dips that you’ve probably tried before.

Ranch or Bleu Cheese for Buffalo Chicken Dip?

The base of the Buffalo Chicken Dip is crucial as it balances the heat and adds a creamy texture that is irresistible. The classic debate in the dip community is whether to use ranch or bleu cheese. Ranch dressing offers a milder, tangier flavor that complements the spiciness without overpowering it. On the other hand, blue cheese provides a sharp, pungent flavor that die-hard enthusiasts argue is the true companion to Buffalo flavors.

Fresh Chicken or Canned Chicken?

The choice of protein in Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip can significantly influence both texture and flavor. Fresh chicken is often preferred for its texture and natural flavor. Fried or baked chicken breast, shredded finely, integrates well into the dip, absorbing the surrounding flavors while maintaining a pleasant bite. For ease and convenience, canned chicken can be used. It’s a quicker option that still delivers good flavor, especially when well-drained and crisped up slightly in a pan before mixing.

Heat Factor: Choosing the Right Hot Sauce

The core of any Buffalo Chicken Dip lies in its hot sauce. The type of sauce used can vary from a mild, buttery flavor to an intense heat that challenges even seasoned spice lovers. Classic brands like Frank’s RedHot offer a balanced flavor that is synonymous with Buffalo-style sauces. For those who prefer a milder dip, reducing the amount of hot sauce and increasing the base ingredients can create a less intense experience without sacrificing flavor. Additionally, if you’ve added too much heat, you can offset this by adding a bit more ranch (or bleu cheese)!

Enhancing the Dip – What Seasonings Should You Use?

Seasonings play a pivotal role in elevating the dip beyond its basic ingredients. Chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne powder are excellent choices for adding layers of flavor. Chili powder brings a mild heat and a subtle earthiness, smoked paprika offers a hint of smokiness that complements the tanginess of the base, and cayenne pepper provides a sharp spike in heat for those looking to turn up the intensity.

Balancing these spices is key; starting with smaller amounts and adjusting based on taste helps prevent the dip from becoming overwhelmingly spicy. Keep in mind that the goal is to enhance the chicken and base flavors, not overpower them.

Cookware Used

CAROTE 12 inch – Deep Granite Frying Pan

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken tenders
  • 12 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 16 oz hot sauce
  • 8 oz ranch dressing
  • 8 oz Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp cayenne powder

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip Directions

  1. In a large pan or pot, add large drizzle of olive oil and chicken over medium-high heat; cook for 10-14 minutes
  2. Halfway through cooking, add seasonings (chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne powder) and begin to shred chicken
Chicken tenders frying
Frying chicken tenders
  1. Once chicken is cooked through, turn heat to low and add cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing, and cheese blend; break cream cheese into smaller bits using wooden spoon or spatula to help with melting; stir vigorously to combine
Buffalo chicken dip ingredients
Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip
  1. After well-combined, allow to gently cook for 1-2 minutes; remove from heat and allow to slightly cool before serving

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Course: AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Total time

30

minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken tenders

  • 12 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese

  • 16 oz hot sauce

  • 8 oz ranch dressing

  • 8 oz Mexican cheese blend

  • 2 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tbsp cayenne powder

Directions

  • In a large pan or pot, add large drizzle of olive oil and chicken over medium-high heat; cook for 10-14 minutes
  • Halfway through cooking, add seasonings (chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne powder) and begin to shred chickenFrying chicken tenders
  • Once chicken is cooked through, turn heat to low and add cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing, and cheese blend; break cream cheese into smaller bits using wooden spoon or spatula to help with melting; stir vigorously to combine Buffalo chicken dip ingredients
  • After well-combined, continue to cook for 1-2 minutes; remove from heat and allow to slightly cool before servingSpicy Buffalo Chicken Dip


2 thoughts on “The Best Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip (4 Steps)”

  • I make mine with both ranch and blue cheese and I use a tub of whipped cream cheese it melts and blends better. I also use Franks mild buffalo sauce. it has a kick but isn’t overbearing.

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