This smoked buffalo chicken dip recipe is so easy and always a crowd pleaser! With only 10 ingredients, it’s a simple appetizer that can also be used in tacos, quesadillas, wraps and more. It doesn’t take all day on the smoker making it perfect for a family summer gathering, and cooking it on a pellet grill infuses the perfect amount of smoke flavor! It’s also low carb and gluten free!
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Ingredients You’ll Need:
One of the great things about this buffalo chicken dip is that you only need 10 ingredients! Although you will need to do a bit of prep work ahead of time because you’ll need about 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken and 8 slices of cooked and chopped bacon first. The easiest and most time efficient way to do this is to poach the chicken in a pot of water on the stove and cook the bacon in the oven while you prepare and combine the remaining ingredients.
You will also need an 8 ounce block of cream cheese, a 7 ounce can of diced green chiles, 1 cup of diced onion, and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping the smoked buffalo chicken dip if you’d like.
Smoking can dry out foods faster than some cooking methods because it lets a lot of the moisture in the food cook off for longer. Because of that, for this smoked dip, we will add a bit more liquid ingredients than a normal buffalo chicken dip may call for. It all perfectly incorporates together into the perfect consistency at the end! For those ingredients you will need 1/2 cup buffalo sauce, 1/4 cup ranch dressing, and 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen Buffalo Mayo.
Primal Kitchen Squeeze Buffalo Mayo is the perfect mayo to use in this recipe! It’s creamy, zingy and adds extra buffalo flavor to your chicken dip. Plus, it’s made with avocado oil, cage-free eggs and is Whole30 Approved, keto and gluten-free! Aside from smoked buffalo chicken dip, it’s perfect for fries, sandwiches, chicken and so much more. You can find it on their website (code PALEOBAILEY saves you a discount at checkout)!
Cooking Steps for Prepping & Smoking Instructions
The first step when smoking buffalo chicken dip is to preheat your smoker to 300 degrees F., and then prep all of your ingredients. As you’re prepping each ingredient, add it into a large cast iron skillet or dish, or into a 9×13-inch aluminum pan.
Once all of the ingredients are in the skillet or pan, use a large spoon to stir well so they all incorporate and mix together. The cream cheese will still be in the cubes and won’t mix in well until they’ve been heated. Place the skillet or pan onto the heated smoker and close the lid.
Smoke the buffalo chicken dip for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring halfway through to mix that cream cheese into the dip. 5 to 10 minutes prior to removing it from the smoker, sprinkle additional cheese, green onions or parsley over the top of the dip. Once the cheese on top is hot and melted, remove the buffalo chicken dip from the smoker.
Tips for Smoking Buffalo Dip on a Pellet Grill
- You can use any wood pellets you prefer for smoking this recipe, but the ones I would go with if you have them are the Signature pellets, Hickory pellets or Pecan pellets.
- Keep your buffalo chicken dip uncovered while it’s smoking. This allows more of the smoke flavor to penetrate into the chicken.
- Stir it halfway through to incorporate the chunks of cream cheese into the rest of the dip. This is much easier to do once they’re hot and melty!
How to Serve Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip
There are so many ways to enjoy smoked buffalo chicken dip! Of course you can use as intended, as a dip for an appetizer, and serve with chips or crackers, celery or carrot sticks, sliced radish or bell peppers. Or you can use it as filling for baked potatoes, quesadillas, wraps, lettuce cups or tacos.
To store smoked buffalo chicken dip, you will first want to ensure the dip has completely cooled. Then you can transfer it into a container with a lid and place it in the refrigerator. Store it in it’s airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat it in the oven, microwave or slow cooker all together or in individual portions and then it can be used in any of the ways mentioned for serving ideas.
How long is buffalo chicken dip good for?
Buffalo chicken dip will keep for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator so long as it’s stored in an airtight container.
Can you freeze buffalo chicken dip?
Yes buffalo chicken dip can be frozen. To freeze your buffalo chicken dip, first layer it in a container that is freezer safe. Then you’ll need to use plastic wrap to place directly on the dip to cover it tightly so no air touches the dip. Then cover again with a layer of foil or a lid to the container.
How long does buffalo chicken dip last in the freezer?
Buffalo chicken dip can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Once you’re ready to eat or serve, thaw the dip in the refrigerator overnight and then bake, smoke, or microwave to reheat as desired.
Is buffalo chicken dip keto?
This buffalo chicken dip does fit into a keto or low carb template. All of the ingredients in and of themselves are low carb, so naturally the dish is also low carb. To enjoy buffalo chicken dip in a keto style, you can use sliced peppers, sliced radish, carrot or celery sticks, lettuce cups or lettuce wraps to eat it instead of chips.
Can you make buffalo chicken dip dairy free?
Yes! You can make this smoked buffalo chicken dip recipe dairy free by using vegan cheese and swapping the cream cheese for a dairy free cream cheese such as Kite Hill.
Can you reheat buffalo chicken dip?
Yes you can reheat buffalo chicken dip. To easily reheat it, you can warm it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes depending on the amount you’re reheating. Stir it every 30 seconds to warm it evenly. To reheat in the oven, cover the dip with foil and bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees F or until it’s hot and bubbly. You can also reheat it in the slow cooker by setting the slow cooker to warm and letting it heat until hot and bubbly.
Can you cook buffalo chicken dip in the oven?
Yes you can cook this buffalo chicken dip in the oven. Simply place it in an oven proof skillet or dish and bake it for 25 minutes on 350 degrees F., stirring halfway through. Once hot and bubbly, sprinkle additional cheese on top and let that bake for 5 more minutes until melted.
Is buffalo chicken dip spicy?
I don’t think buffalo chicken dip is spicy per say. While it’s made with cayenne, the “zing” flavor comes from vinegar, so it gives it a more tangy flavor than anything. Most buffalo sauces are mild, but you can easily make it hotter by getting a “hot buffalo” or by adding red pepper chili flakes or cayenne into the chicken mixture before it goes into the smoker or oven.
Other Smoker Recipes You’ll Love:
- Best Smoked Butterfly Chicken
- Easy Smoked Lamb Roast
- Smoked BBQ Wings
- Smoked Shrimp
- Smoked Chicken Quarters
- Smoked Boneless Turkey Breast
- 1/2 pound shredded chicken (about 2 cups)
- 8 slices cooked and chopped bacon
- 8 ounces cream cheese, sliced into cubes
- 1 (7 ounce) can diced green chiles
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
- 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen Buffalo Mayo
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
- 1/4 cup ranch
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- Preheat your smoker to 300 degrees F.
- Combine all of the ingredients into a large cast iron pan or 9×13-inch aluminum pan. Stir well so they’re incorporated and place onto the smoker
- Smoke the buffalo chicken dip uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring halfway through to mix the cream cheese into the dip
- 5 to 10 minutes prior to removing it from the smoker, sprinkle additional cheese, green onions or parsley over the top of the dip if desired. Once the cheese on top is hot and melted, remove the buffalo chicken dip from the smoker and serve immediately
- Bacon and green chiles are optional, but highly recommended
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