Cheesy, gooey good, this Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe is creamy, rich, and loaded with flavor, perfect for dipping, dunking or scooping.
If you are looking for another buffalo chicken recipe you may also like these Baked Garlic Buffalo Wings. Or pair this buffalo chicken dip recipe with this Spicy Pita Chips Party Appetizer for the ultimate dipping experience.
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This creamy, dairy-free dip is going to be the hit at your next get-together. It’s perfect for a family gathering, game day snack, or celebratory meal. It’s ideal for sharing so let everyone gather around with some carrots, celery, corn chips, and pita chips and partake in the fun.
Whether you follow a dairy-free diet or not, you’ll find this dip is rich and creamy and full of flavor. If you’d like to make it as is you’ll find the exact ingredients linked in the recipe card below.
Non-dairy cheese and yogurt have come a long way over the past several years and you won’t be disappointed with the flavor and texture they add to this recipe. If you don’t tell anyone it’s dairy free they may not even notice.
What are non dairy cheeses made of?
Nondairy cheeses can be made with a variety of ingredients including soy, nuts, seeds coconut, root vegetables, and even legumes.
The cream cheese in this recipe is made with cashews, the sour cream is almond-based while the cheeses are coconut oil-based. The taste and texture of these dairy alternatives will vary by brand so if you can’t find the ones linked below, use your favorite dairy-free cheese brands or simply experiment a few until you find the ones you prefer.
Why You’ll Love This Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Creamy: Nondairy cream cheese and shredded cheese add loads of taste, texture, and creaminess as would their dairy counterparts.
Versatile: Serve this dip at your next get together, send it in your kid’s lunch box with some chips or tortillas or serve as a snack while you get dinner ready. Wrap in soft tortilla with lettuce for a quick lunch.
Adaptable: Change up the cheese, make it chicken-free, add some spice, and prepare it how you like it.
Easy: There’s nothing too complicated about making this dish, just a few simple steps and voila!
- Chicken – Use cooked rotisserie chicken or cook your own, shredded.
- Cream cheese – Dairy-free, plain cream cheese adds texture and a rich flavor.
- Hot sauce – Use the product linked here or look for a dairy free and gluten free hot sauce option.
- Sour cream – Use a dairy-free sour cream or plain yogurt can be substituted.
- Cheddar cheese – You can buy a pre-shredded dairy free cheddar or pick up a block and shred yourself.
- Mozzarella cheese – Here too you can pick up a pre-shredded dairy-free cheese or shred yourself.
- Scallions – Garnish with chopped scallions, also known as green onions.
Note: sub these non-dairy cheeses for regular animal based cheeses at equal measurements if dairy is not a problem.
How To Make This Buffalo Chicken Dipping Sauce
Step 1: Combine cooked chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce in a big bowl and then stir in half of the cheddar cheese and all of the mozzarella cheese. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Note the mixture will be very thick.
Step 2: Transfer the chicken-cheese mixture to a cast iron pan or baking dish and top with the remaining cheddar cheese.
Step 3: Bake at 350F degrees for 30 minutes, top with scallions/green onions and serve with tortilla chips, carrots and celery.
Tips and Variations
Change up the cheese. Choose any variety of vegan cheeses. I do recommend a combination of white and yellow cheeses. You could also sprinkle on some nutritional yeast for more cheese flavor.
Add more spice. Stir in a chipotle in adobo sauce or add red chili flakes for even more of a kick or substitute one of these options for the hot sauce. You could also add some chopped jalapenos.
Make it vegan. Use your favorite canned beans or chickpeas instead of the shredded chicken.
kitchen tools used to make this recipe
This buffalo chicken dipping sauce was photographed in the Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Everyday Pan, color thyme. An alternative is the Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Skillet or a baking dish.
Measuring cups Pyrex 3 Piece Measuring Cup Set
The beautiful Jillian Serving Bowl is from Ballard Designs. A similar option is this Fairwood Way Wooden Salad Bowl Set with Serving Utensils, you’ll find many uses for this beautiful serving set.
Buffalo chicken dip usually has chicken, hot sauce or buffalo sauce and cheese.
If you find your dip runny it could be because of the moisture content in your nondairy products. You can add more chicken, cream cheese, or shredded cheese to thicken it up.
Make Ahead and Storage
Make Ahead: You have two options to prepare this buffalo chicken wing dip recipe in advance. You can assemble all the ingredients and store, unbaked, in the fridge for 24 hours and bake just before you want to serve it.
Alternatively, you can prepare the dip, bake it, and store it cooked for up to 3 days.
Storage: Leftover buffalo chicken dip will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months though the texture may be different when you thaw it.
If you have leftover chicken in the fridge you can go ahead and substitute it for the cooked rotisserie chicken. If you have frozen chicken, let it thaw in the fridge overnight, shred it, and then add to this recipe.
Looking for more appetizer and snack recipes?
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- Salmon Stuffed Mushrooms
- Whipped Feta Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip (Dairy-Free)
- Add chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, hot sauce to a big bowl.
- Also, add in 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and all the mozzarella cheese
- Stir well to combine. Mixture will be thick.
- Transfer to a cast iron or baking dish.
- Top with remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
- Bake at 350F degrees for 30 minutes.
- Top with fresh scallions/ green onions.
- Serve with tortilla chips, carrots and celery.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.