Are you looking for a mouth-watering appetizer that is sure to please a crowd? This Buffalo Chicken Spinach Dip fits the bill. Combining the creamy, cheesy goodness of a spinach dip with the spicy kick of buffalo chicken, this easy dish is an irresistible addition to any party, game day, or gathering.
This buffalo chicken dip with spinach is not only delicious but it's super easy to prepare. Once you taste the flavors combined together in this dip, you'll be excited to share it.
Heck, you can even make a buffalo chicken spinach artichoke dip by adding artichokes. This chicken dip is so good, with or without them.
Why You Will Love This Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Great flavors. The combination of tender chicken, creamy spinach, and spicy buffalo sauce creates a mouth-watering dip that you'll find irresistible.
- Easy to make. All it requires is a handful of simple ingredients and a few minutes to prepare.
- Flexible dish! The dip can be served with a variety of snacks, including tortilla chips, sliced baguettes, or celery sticks, and either hot or cold, making it perfect for so many occasions.
You only need a few simple ingredients to make this wonderful dip that will impress all who taste it. Take a short trip to the grocery store and you're good to go!
- Cream Cheese and Sour Cream: These two ingredients create the rich, creamy base for the dip. Use full fat options for the best results.
- Buffalo Sauce: This brings the heat so choose one with a heat level you can handle or feel free to crank it up a notch!
- Garlic Powder: Adds more depth of flavor. You can use minced garlic instead.
- Canned Chicken: An easy option for making this recipe but shredded rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken works great as well!
- Spinach: Easily mixes into the buffalo chicken dip adding some color and more variety.
- Green Onions: Just a touch for a bit of garnish but you can use chives as well.
See the recipe card below for the exact quantities of each ingredient.
If you find that you're missing an ingredient or two or you just want to switch things up a bit, here's a little bit of inspiration.
- Add Mayo, Blue Cheese Dressing or Ranch Dressing: Gives the dip a creamier texture and a boost of flavor. Add about one-quarter cup.
- Add Bacon: A handful of crisp, crumbled bacon adds a wonderful touch.
- Add Artichokes: Chop up some canned artichoke hearts and stir them into the mixture with the spinach. Make sure to squeeze out excess liquid.
- Even Spicier: For more spice you can a bit of jalapeno powder, smoked jalapeno powder, or chipotle powder to the cream cheese mixture.
- Lower-Calorie Version: Use reduced-fat cream cheese and sour cream or replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
- Use More Cheese: Mix crumbled blue cheese into the creamy base or sprinkle it on top immediately after baking. When served hot, you can also add a layer of shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or Monterey Jack cheese on top.
- Serve It Up as a Hot Dip: Place the dip mixture in an oven-safe dish and bake it in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F. You can add a layer of shredded cheese on top if desired. Bake the dip for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the top starts to turn golden brown and the dip is bubbly. Broil for 2-3 minutes after baking to crisp and darken top layer of cheese.
How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip with Spinach
As I said above, this recipe is so simple to make (and even easier to eat). So fear not my friends, you've got this
- Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder in a bowl.
- Beat until the mixture smooth and the ingredients are fully combined.
- Add the chicken, spinach, and green onions to the bowl.
- Stir just until everything is mixed together.
PRO TIP: Make sure you taste your dip before you're done. You may want to add a little more heat depending on your tastebuds and your guests' preferences.
- Serve up your buffalo chicken spinach dip with crackers, carrots, celery, or your favorite dippers.
If you love this buffalo chicken recipe then you just have to check out our Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls recipe. It's one of Ken's favorites.
Here are tips for storing leftover dip.
Refrigerator: Store it in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Before serving be sure to give it a good stir. If you prefer to serve it warm, reheat it in the oven or microwave until it warmed.
Make Ahead: Mix all the ingredients except for the toppings, cover the dish with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it until you are ready to serve or bake. If you plan to bake it, add the cheese topping before heating it into the oven.
In The Freezer: Freezing your dip is an option for longer-term storage. Just note that the texture will not be the same after it's been frozen but the flavor will be the same. After cooling, store it in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. When you're ready to enjoy it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and serve heated or at room temperature.
What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Spinach Dip
When serving this dip, it's essential to consider the presentation and the variety of dippers.
- Arrange the dip on a shallow serving platter to make your dip even more inviting and enjoyable.
- Serve with a variety of dippers including celery sticks, carrot sticks, bell pepper slices, cucumber rounds, tortilla chips, pita chips, bagel chips, pasta chips, assorted crackers and crusty bread.
- You can also use it as a topping for baked potatoes.
- Garnish your dip with chopped green onions, chives, a drizzle of hot sauce, or a sprinkling of blue cheese crumbles.
If you need some more ideas then check out this list of what to serve with buffalo chicken dip.
Here are a few tips to assist you in creating a tasty crowd-pleasing dish.
- Thaw your frozen spinach in advance and squeeze out excess moisture with paper towel before combining with other ingredients to prevent a watery dip.
- Baking your dip? Use a cast-iron or ovenproof skillet for even heat distribution and heat retention.
- Keep an eye on your dip if you choose to bake it as ovens can vary in temperature especially while broiling.
- Use an electric mixer to blend for smoother consistency.
It's normal to have questions about a new recipe that you're preparing. Here are some of the most commonly asked ones I get. If you need to know anything else then feel free to drop me a line.
Yes! If you prefer fresh spinach instead of frozen, simply cook the spinach with the spine removed, allow it to cool, squeeze out any excess liquid with paper towel. You can also use baby spinach instead without needing to cook first.
Absolutely! Add chopped artichokes at the same time you add your spinach. Just be sure to squeeze them dry.
Yes, you can by all means. Just use low-fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt when preparing.
More Dip Recipes
Do you like dips? Here are some recipes you may also like to try.
Are you ready to create an amazing dip to serve to your friends and family? Well folks, everything you need to know is listed in the recipe card just below. So get ready to impress everyone with your cooking skills!
Buffalo Chicken Spinach Dip
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder until smooth.
- Add chicken, spinach, and green onions. Stir until well-combined.
- This dip can be served warm or cold. If you prefer warm, microwave it in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until it reaches the temp you desire.
- Serve warm or cold with crackers, carrots, or celery. I highly recommend baking and serving this dip at least once. So good.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Fill an oven-safe dish with dip, cover with layer of shredded cheddar and/or jack cheeses, if desired, and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the top starts to turn golden and the dip is bubbly. Broil for 2-3 minutes after baking to crisp and darken top layer of cheese.