Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip combines magical flavors of Buffalo wings with shredded smoked chicken and a creamy cheese dip. You’re gonna want to make a double batch because this is THE MOST sought after and quickly devoured appetizer at any party or game day spread!

Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip in a cast iron pan with beer pairing.
Smoked Chicken and Cheese for the perfect smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip. Serve with ice cold beer.

Buffalo Chicken Dip – The Best Party Appetizer!

This dip starts with a whole chicken, smoked, then shredded and combined with your traditional ingredients for this indulgent party dip. The smoked chicken is going to make it really stand out from any other Buffalo Chicken Dip out there, and it’s truly worth the effort!

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. So this is easily a step you can do days in advance.

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: If the Big Game is coming up (aka Buffalo flavored EVERYTHING week), and you’re brainstorming fun ideas, make sure to consider this. Your guests will love you so much for making it. Or check out our entire round up of Big Game recipe ideas.

Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip
We strongly recommend Frank’s RedHot for this recipe.

A Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe?

Yup! 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 the flavor (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.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients

The most important of all ingredients, other than the smoked chicken is the signature Franks RedHot hot sauce. It’s gotta be Franks! That’s the tried and true flavor of “Buffalo-style wings” and what makes this dip so addictive.

  • Shredded Smoked Chicken
  • Frank’s RedHot hot sauce (No substitutions. It has to be Franks!)
  • Cheeses: Light Cream Cheese, Shredded Cheddar, Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Seasonings: garlic powder, celery salt
  • Greek yogurt (this will lighten it up a bit)
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing 
  • Celery

How to Make Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip

  1. 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).Whole Roaster Chicken on a Smoker 2
  2. Alternatively, you can also use quartered up chicken pieces. Just smoke em’ then remove any skin and shred the meat.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove and top with fresh chopped green onions and/or chopped cilantro.
  5. Serve with chips and celery stalks.
Dipping a chip in Buffalo chicken dip.
Serve with sturdy corn chips or baguette slices.

Can I Cook This 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. 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).

Other Dip Ideas

Check out our favorite dip recipes or recipes incorporating Buffalo style sauce.

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*This post was originally published in January of 2015, and updated with new photos and updated content in 2019.

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Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip

Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip is a lightened up version of a classic Buffalo Chicken Dip made with smoked chicken, Greek yogurt, and light cream cheese.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people



  • 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 warm with chips or celery sticks.



Click for recipe for Whole Smoked Chicken
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).
If you don’t have a smoker you can use a rotisserie chicken as well following the same steps.


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1509mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dips
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 256
Keyword: buffalo chicken dip, game day recipes, smoked buffalo chicken dip, super bowl recipes
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  1. 5 stars
    We loved it it’s amazing but had to make a few tweaks due to allergies and product availability in our area it’s amazing

  2. Just tweaked a few things and doubled it. I smoked the chicken and then smoked the dip instead of baking. Skipped the blue cheese crumbles but that’s just personal preference.
    My grocery store only had chiobani Greek yogurt and I used cream cheese that wasn’t low fat- as that’s all the store had.
    Overall, I will definitely be making this again and again. It was a huge hit!