Hot & spicy buffalo chicken dip with a Buffalo Wild Wings style twist.
You may be thinking, "do I really need another buffalo chicken dip recipe?" And I get it, trust me. But this is no ordinary buffalo chicken dip. This one is special.
"Why is it special?" you ask? Because I have a super-special (not-so-secret) ingredient: Spicy Garlic sauce from your local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. BOOM!
Spicy Garlic is my favorite sauce at Buffalo Wild Wings, it falls right in the middle of their spice-spectrum and it has the perfect amount of heat and garlicky goodness. And since it's my favorite wing sauce, it made perfect sense to use it in a buffalo chicken dip recipe!
The first time I made buffalo chicken dip and I looked over the recipe to see it called for hot sauce, I knew I could do better by using Spicy Garlic sauce. I have been making this dip for years, and people love it. Tons of people have their own variations and versions of buffalo chicken dip, but I'm telling you - the sauce makes this one stand out from the crowd. The sauce AND the rotisserie chicken, because come on...is rotisserie chicken not one of the most amazingly delicious ways to eat chicken? I know you just nodded your head yes. Me too.
Let's get going!
Look at that, just 5 ingredients! So simple!
Dig in and shred up the rotisserie chicken into bite-sized pieces, use the white and dark meat but not the skin. You definitely don't want to burn yourself on piping hot chicken so let it cool for a little bit, but I have found that the chicken comes off the bone much easier when it's warm.
I used one whole rotisserie chicken to get about 1 lb of meat.
Side note...Charlie loses his mind when I bring home a rotisserie chicken. It's seriously his favorite thing in the world. I think it's because I tend to "drop" quite a few pieces in his direction while I'm shredding up the meat. But really, what am I supposed to do when he looks at me with that face?
Seriously, this dog could model for the ASPCA.
Ok, back to the dip. Next, toss in the rest of your ingredients!
The cream cheese got buried by the sauce, but I swear it's in there!
Mix it all together and transfer it to a baking dish. Some recipes tell you to top it with the cheese before you bake it, but I personally prefer to mix it all in...and I'll tell you why! Hearty dips like this are obviously great for a party, which means they tend to sit at room temperature for a bit while people snack. What I have noticed happens when you put the cheese on top is that as the melty top layer of cheese cools, it gets sort of hard to dig into the dip. You end up going in with your chip and getting a whole slab of once-melted cheese instead of the little bit of cheese that was on top of the section of dip you went after. Ergo - I mix it in!
Pop it in the oven for about 25 minutes. When it's nice and hot and slightly bubbly around the edges, it's done! I like to top mine with a few chopped celery leaves to give it a little pop of color.
Serve with celery sticks and tortilla chips, I personally love it on the celery sticks - it gives it such a nice cooling crunch and it's a healthy little dipping vessel!
But obviously, it tastes amazing on tortilla chips too. Get some sturdy ones because this dip is hearty!
Yummy noises await you!
Makes about 4 cups of dip (about 16 ¼ cup servings)
- 1 lb rotisserie chicken meat , pulled off the bone and shredded
- 8 oz Neufchâtel (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
- 1/2 cup light ranch dressing
- 2 oz Monterey jack cheese , shredded
- 1 12- oz bottle Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic sauce
- Celery sticks and/or tortilla chips , for serving
Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir to combine.
Transfer mixture to a baking dish, and bake for 25 minutes. Serve with celery sticks and/or tortilla chips.
Per serving (1/16 of recipe, about ¼ cup of dip): 160 calories, 12g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 1283mg sodium, 4g total carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugar, 8g protein