When you combine the magical flavors of Buffalo wings with shredded smoked chicken and a creamy cheese dip you get the most sought after and quickly devoured appetizer at any party or game day spread — Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip!
After posting this recipe for Smoked Buffalo Turkey Dip several years ago the dish has become a staple in our house. And by staple we make it so often I’m almost embarrassed to share. But since we only smoke turkey a couple times a year, we’re usually more often making the dip with leftover smoked chicken.
We smoke a whole chicken roughly once a week to use throughout the week for tacos, sandwiches, or things like this smoked buffalo chicken dip.
Now of course you don’t have to use a whole smoked chicken. Any shredded chicken will do the trick. But if you’re planning a little in advance, you can fully maximize the perfectly smoky/cheesy/hot-saucy flavors of this dip.
Bonus: The Super Bowl is coming up (aka Buffalo flavored EVERYTHING week), so if you’re brainstorming fun ideas for the big game make sure to consider this. Your guests will love you so much for making it.
A Lighter Style Buffalo Chicken Dip?
Also, feel free to tell your friends (or keep it a secret) that this is a lightened up version of a Buffalo chicken dip (aka skinny dip!). Most Buffalo dips call for a ton of cream cheese, which I find usually results in a dense and heavy dip. I want something a little brighter and creamier without losing the essence of this dip (the signature Buffalo flavors that come from the Frank’s RedHot hot sauce). This one has a fraction of the usual amount and uses thick Greek yogurt instead. It’s still creamy and indulgent, and I promise you won’t miss those added calories.
How to make Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip
My preferred way is to start with whole roaster chicken cooked on the smoker for the ultimate flavor. But if you don’t have a whole roaster or if you don’t even have a smoker you can use a store bought rotisserie chicken and shred the meat (note that it won’t have a smoky flavor in this case).
You can also use quartered up chicken pieces. Just smoke em’ then remove any skin and shred the meat.
Finally mix the chicken with all other ingredients in a large bowl then spread evenly into a baking dish (I like cast iron), and bake until hot and bubbly.
Remove and top with fresh chopped green onions and/or chopped cilantro.
Serve with chips and celery stalks.
A lightened up version of Buffalo Chicken Dip made with smoked chicken, Greek yogurt, and light cream cheese.
- 3 cups leftover smoked chicken, shredded (you can use a store bought roaster chicken too, but the smoked flavor is unbeatable)
- 4 oz light cream cheese, softened (1/2 package)
- ½ cup 2 % Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon ranch dressing (or blue cheese dressing)
- 3/4 cup Frank's Red Hot hot sauce (No substitutions. It has to be Franks!)
- 1 small celery stalk, finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients (except blue cheese crumbles!) together in a large bowl and transfer into a 9" (or equivalent size) greased oven safe baking dish or cast iron dish. Top with blue cheese crumbles and place in oven, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until the dip starts to bubble.
Remove and serve with chips or celery sticks.
Note: if you wish to cook the dish in the smoker (vs oven), it helps to cover it with foil. Heat up grill to roughly 375 degrees (F) and cook until bubbly (about 15 minutes).
Can I cook Buffalo Chicken Dip in the grill or smoker?
Absolutely, and we encourage that. Just get your grill up to a similar heat (between 350-400 degrees F) and let it cook until hot and bubbly.
Can I make Buffalo Chicken Dip in Advance?
Why yes’m. Just combine your ingredients into your baking dish and bake when you’re ready. You can even assemble this the night before your party and bake the next day.
This is a great way to do it if you’re tailgating. Prep the dip at home, and bring it to the tailgating party, and place it on the grill (covered in foil) to heat up. In this case make sure you’re using a cast iron dish (or something that can withstand the heat).
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*This post was originally published in January of 2015, and updated with new photos and updated content in 2019.