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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

This healthy buffalo chicken dip is the best party appetizer. It's more delicious, more nutritious, and it only takes 5 ingredients and a crockpot (or microwave). Get going!

This is healthier buffalo chicken dip. There is a bowl of orange, chunky buffalo chicken dip. The dip is also held up with a hand on a piece of celery.

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Does anyone else love game-day specifically because of the food?! While I love watching a good sporting event, you can mostly catch me at watch parties for the appetizers! I love getting to hang out with friends and enjoy all of the dips, apps, and snacks. My plate will be loaded up with the savory and salty, totally delicious buffalo chicken dip.

Buffalo chicken dip is a chicken-based dip loaded up with buffalo sauce and various kinds of cheeses. This healthy buffalo chicken dip has only 5 ingredients and is made in a crockpot! All you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together and let the crockpot do the work. This dip is lightened up with greek yogurt, but just as spicy, creamy and delicious as the standard recipe!

What ingredients do I need?

This recipe only requires 5 ingredients! Here's what you'll need:

  • shredded chicken - I use a can to keep it easy, but you could totally shred your own chicken to make this.
  • plain greek yogurt - This will help create a creamy texture.
  • ranch seasoning mix - Ranch seasoning can either be bought in a bottle or in individual packets.
  • Frank's hot sauce - This hot sauce is KEY. It will add some awesome spice and flavor to the recipe!
  • mozzarella cheese - Adding some mozzarella to melt as the dip cooks will create a creamy texture for the dip.
This is healthier buffalo chicken is in a bowl and there is hand holding up a Wheat Thin cracker with the dip. There are also dipping things around the bowl like celery, carrots, and more crackers.

Can I make substitutions to the recipe?

  • chicken - I use canned chicken because it's it's easier, quicker, and cheaper. However, if you have some leftover chicken breast you can shred yourself, you can totally use that instead!
  • cheese - Adding more cheese will make this better. I like to add mozzarella, but adding cheddar or another favorite would only help make this cheesier.
  • greek yogurt - To make this dairy free, choose a plant-based yogurt. For an even creamier texture, you can opt for cream cheese or sour cream.
  • Frank's hot sauce - I do NOT recommend changing this ingredient! Frank's is so good and and creates awesome flavor.

What equipment do I need for this recipe?

The only equipment you need for this is a crock pot or slow cooker. A slow cooker is a kitchen tool that uses a method of long and low temperature cooking. Slow cookers allow you to add a bunch of ingredients to a large pot and cook it for you all day. It adds flavor, has minimal mess, and make cooking so easy.

My favorite slow cooker was gifted to me for my wedding and I typically triple this recipe with a slow cooker this size. This recipe is perfect for a mini slow cooker!

This is healthier buffalo chicken is in a bowl and it is on a platter with a bunch of things to dip. The things around the bowl like celery, carrots, tortilla chips and crackers.

Wow do I store buffalo chicken dip?

This buffalo chicken dip is made in a crock pot. Make this dip ahead of time and let it sit for a few hours to make it super flavorful and creamy. If you have leftovers (which would be so surprising and is never a problem for me), store them in an airtight container. Keep it in the fridge and use between 4-5 days.

Can I reheat buffalo chicken dip?

You can reheat this dip in the microwave or oven.

  • For the microwave: Cook 3-5 minutes, making sure to stir every minute.
  • For the oven: Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

Make sure to stir well while you're reheating! I also like to add some extra cheese.

What should I dip in healthy buffalo chicken dip?

If you're guessing if you can dip something into this buffalo chicken dip, you probably can (and should!) Here are some of my favorites:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Crackers
  • Tortilla chips
  • Toasted bread
  • Pita chips
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell Peppers
This is healthier buffalo chicken is in a bowl and there is hand holding up a piece of celery with the dip. There are also dipping things around the bowl like celery, carrots, and more crackers.

What else should I make for game day?

Are you looking for more buffalo chicken recipes? Try one of these fan favorites:

What is the recipe?

If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! Get creative with what to dip as well. Happy snacking!

This is healthier buffalo chicken dip. There is a bowl of orange, chunky buffalo chicken dip. The dip is also held up with a hand on a piece of celery.
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4.5 from 12 votes

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

This healthy buffalo chicken dip is the best party appetizer. It's delicious, more nutritious, and only takes 5 ingredients and a crockpot. Get going!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetier, buffalo chicken dip
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Jordan Smith
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 12.5 oz shredded chicken (1 can)
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp ranch seasoning mix (or ½ packet of ranch seasoning mix)
  • cup Frank's hot sauce
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into the crock pot.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Cook for 2 hours in a crock pot or until cheese is melted.
  • If using a microwave, simply add all ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high, stirring every 30 seconds, until cheese is melted and mix is hot.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

I used canned chicken to make this easier, but you could also use any kind of shredded chicken. You could also add another ½ cup of cheddar cheese to make this dish even cheesier!

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 810mg | Potassium: 124mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating




Hannah Williams

Sunday 8th of August 2021

This is perfect for a high protein snack/meal. Very easy to put together and tastes really good! Love that it is under 5 ingredients but still has so much flavor.

Melissa

Thursday 1st of July 2021

I made this the OG way and it was super good as a dip but also on a Cut Da Carb with veggies. But, I needed a swap so my kids would eat it. I made it again but omitted the buffalo sauce and ranch and added taco seasoning, 2 peppers, half a red onion, and put cilantro and green onions on top. I also swapped some Mexican cheese instead of mozz because that is all I had. If I had corn I would have thrown that into the mix. So good!

Kristina Colby

Monday 28th of June 2021

This is my go-to recipe for family gatherings! It's so simple and always gets devoured!

Julie

Monday 8th of February 2021

Tried it out because of the minimal ingredients however it was too salty for my liking.

Sydney I.

Monday 8th of February 2021

Loved how easy and creamy this dip is!