Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip is a wonderful appetizer or snack that’s made with healthy ingredients but tastes absolutely delicious. Serve it up alongside veggies, tortilla chips, or crackers, and you’re looking at your new favorite snack!
Delicious and healthy buffalo chicken dip
I am a self-titled appetizer queen. I love anything that’s suitable for game day, tailgates, or parties. If it can be eaten like a dip, I’m in! Though a ton of buffalo chicken dip recipes exist, I couldn’t find one that was healthy but still tasted good.
When I’m at a loss for the exact recipe that I’m looking for, well… I make my own! Low and behold, after hours spent scouring the internet for a buff chick dip that didn’t come with hundreds of calories attached, I made my own, and healthier buffalo chicken dip was born.
Football season may have just come to a close, but that doesn’t mean your appetizer snacking has to! Healthier buffalo chicken dip is a guilt-free option that’s delicious when eaten alongside crackers, tortilla chips, carrots, or celery!
The next time you sit down to watch your favorite Netflix series, you’re going to want a bowl of this on your coffee table.
Ingredients used to make chicken dip
This buffalo chicken dip recipe is made using real, whole ingredients. In sticking with the “real” stuff, I’m able to achieve a delicious recipe that’s way healthier, but tastes like the real deal!
Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make your own dip:
- Shredded chicken
- Cream cheese or Neufchatel
- Hot sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Chopped green onion
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Optional toppings: Green onion, cheddar cheese, blue cheese
Tools you will need to make buffalo chicken dip
This dip recipe is incredibly simple to make and only requires a bit of shredding, chopping, mixing, and baking! To make this recipe, you’ll need a baking dish, cutting board, chopping knife, mixing bowl, fork, and mixing spoon. That’s it!
How to make healthier buffalo chicken dip
To make this dip, you’ll need no more than 10 minutes for prepping. In total, this recipe takes about 30 minutes.
To begin making buffalo chicken dip, start by preheating the oven to 400F and greasing a baking dish.
You can use any round or square dish. I used an 8×8 dish, but anything around that will work. If using a bigger dish, slightly reduce the cooking time, as you’ll be baking a thinner layer of dip.
In a large bowl, shred the chicken with a fork.
Then, add in the softened cream cheese, hot sauce, cheese, and Greek yogurt. Stir until combined.
Mix in the green onion, garlic powder, and onion powder. Then, pour into the greased baking dish.
Bake in the oven for 16-20 minutes, or until bubbly throughout.
Top with blue cheese, cheddar, and more green onion, and serve immediately. I like to serve mine with veggies and tortilla chips!
How to make buff chick dip ahead of time
If you’d like to make this buffalo chicken dip ahead of time, you can! Pre-making this dish is a great option if you want your dip to be nice and warm when serving.
To make your dip ahead of time, follow all directions until you get to the baking portion. This means you will prep your chicken, mix your ingredients, and put everything in the baking dish. Then, cover with tin foil or plastic wrap and keep refrigerated for up to two days.
The day of your event, party, or dinner, just bake as directed, and you’ll be good to go!
Buffalo chicken dip pointers
Use these tips to make the most of your delicious buff chick dip!
What type of chicken should I use?
You will need cooked chicken to make this recipe. You can use canned chicken, rotisserie chicken, or you can bake your own ahead of time. I like to use chicken breasts for this recipe, so I usually opt to cook my own.
How to replace mozzarella cheese
If you aren’t a fan of mozzarella, you can instead use your favorite shredded cheese at a 1:1 ratio.
How to store buffalo chicken dip
Leftover dip can be stored by covering the original container with plastic wrap or foil and storing in the fridge. You can also place any leftovers in an airtight container. Eat refrigerated leftovers within 2-3 days.
How to reheat leftover dip
For best results, I recommend reheating leftover dip in the oven. Place desired amount in a baking dish, and bake at 350F until warm. Check it every few minutes to avoid overcooking.
Craving more appetizers and finger foods?
Below are more of my favorite dip-style recipes that are perfect for gatherings, parties, or at-home Netflix nights! You have to try these… especially the Healthy Seven Layer Dip.
- Easy Avocado Feta Dip
- Healthy Seven Layer Dip
- Savory Pumpkin Hummus
- Lemon Garlic Hummus
- Thai Peanut Hummus
Recipe by Erin Morrissey and Photos by The Mindful Hapa
- 2 12.5 oz cans of chicken or 2.5 cups of finely shredded chicken breasts (or rotisserie chicken)
- 1 8oz package light cream cheese or Neufchatel, softened.
- 1/2 cup Franks hot sauce
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese for topping
- optional toppings: green onion, blue cheese
- Preheat oven to 400F and grease a baking dish. You can use any round or square dish around 8×8. If using bigger, reduce cooking time.
- In a large bowl, shred chicken with fork.
- Add in softened cream cheese, hot sauce, mozzarella cheese, and greek yogurt and stir until combined.
- Mix in green onion, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Pour into greased baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese.
- Bake in oven for 16-20 minutes or until bubbly throughout.
- Top with blue cheese and more green onion and serve immediately. I like to serve mine with veggies and tortilla chips.
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