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Ultimate healthified buffalo chicken dip (+few extras)

October 7th, 2011 · 55 Comments · appetizers, chicken, entertaining, favorite recipes, game friendly, snacks

***Welcome Pinterest visitors!! So glad you liked my healthified buffalo chicken dip (it IS as good as it looks – maybe even better 😉 ). I have lots of other juicy content on the blog so I hope you stick around and do a little digging. For other fun healthy appetizers, you may want to try roasted red pepper, tomato and anchovy crostini, tofu and mushroom lettuce cups, double tomato bruschetta or chipotle-lime two-bean hummus. And for something a little indulgent, the pizza monkey bread is always a HUGE hit! For more ideas, check out my favorite recipes page on top. Thanks again for coming!! 😀 ***

Onto the post…

Hi y’all (I’m currently in the airport on the way to New Orleans, so I’m getting myself in the mood). Happy Friday!! I am obviously in a great mood since vacation is just hours away. The weekend is just around the corner for you too, so I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe with you before I shut my computer down for a few days.


Buffalo sauce. OMG, I love buffalo sauce. If I didn’t worry about killing my taste buds, I’d be totally cool with covering everything in it – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Something about how acidic and spicy it is. LOVE.


Luckily, it’s football season so instead of bathing myself in it (gross + I don’t have anything to wear with neon orange Smile with tongue out), I can just show up to a football-watching party with a buffalo sauce covered concoction and be the most popular person in the room. Win-win. Smile


A lot of buffalo chicken dip recipes call for canned chicken (eww) and butter (totally unnecessary). I came up with this on a whim the other day and it was the best buffalo chicken dip I’ve ever had. It’s not exactly health food but it’s just a little lighter.

Ultimate healthified buffalo chicken dip (serves a crowd)

  • 2 poached chicken breasts, shredded
  • 2 packages (8oz ea) neufchatel (low fat cream cheese), softened
  • 1 cup low fat sour cream
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s RedHot buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1.5 cups shredded reduced fat cheese (I used 1/2 mozzarella, 1/2 cheddar), divided
  • Baby carrots and pita chips for dipping


1. Preheat oven, or toaster oven, to 350*.

2. Mix all ingredients together, hold 1/2 cup cheese. The Kitchen Aid with a paddle attachment does an amazing job of creaming it all together. Super easy!

3. Transfer to 9×5 loaf fan (or another baking dish), sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.

4. Bake for 15 minutes.

4. Broil for 1-2 minutes to get the cheese extra golden on top.


Creamy, buffalo-saucy, cheesy. Dig in!


For a few extra snacks, consider making the Eat, Drink and be Vegan two-olive sundried tomato hummus.


And Trader Joe’s blueberry goat cheese is perfect for those craving something a little sweeter… or  those that may just be goat cheese obsessed Winking smile [I’m both!]


This stuff seriously tastes like cheesecake. Crazy awesome!

One of my 2011 goals (btw, I should really look at those again) was get into sports watching. I may not be a die-hard football fan just yet, but I’ve got the game day snacks down for sure! Smile

Do you love buffalo sauce? Any favorite game friendly snacks?

*Last reminder about the Pomi giveaway. I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday.*

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55 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - nicole

    ooo yum!!! I love buffalo dip. I make this for when we watch NASCAR and football. I can, and typical do, make dinner out of chips and dip. This works perfectly… there is protein in it! :-)

  • #2 - Megan

    You need to stop giving me all these great appetizer ideas! I am about to put pizza monkey bread in the oven!

  • #3 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Done and done. John is going to LOVE this!! Have a blast in New Orleans – make sure to check out the French Quarter & Cafe Du Mode =).

  • #4 - Meghan@travelwinedine

    I adore buffalo sauce and love your variation on this dip. It sounds like it would be amazing. Have fun in NOLA!

  • #5 - Sylvia

    My mouth is watering! Seriously! I love Buffalo Sauce. I even love that it makes my lips feel like they are on fire. With this last pregnancy I wanted everything to be smothered in Buffalo Sauce. Now I want everyone on this entry…sigh…Trader Joe’s here I come.

    I totally agree with you about the canned chicken. I think poaching a chicken is just as easy as opening a can, except there are dishes left. Oh well, I’ll take the dishes over the canned chicken any day. Have a great vacation!

  • #6 - Alaina

    I like mild tasting buffalo. I’m such a wimp, I can’t do the hot stuff.

    Have a great time in New Orleans!!

  • #7 - Jen @

    I’ve never been able to try buffalo chicken dip because of all the dairy in it… But I’ve heard it’s very addictive! Oh man, that blueberry vanilla goat cheese is AMAZING. We’ve been snacking on it as well.

  • #10 - sarah@spinach and spice

    Buffalo dip is to die for! Great lightened up recipe 😀

  • #11 - Michelle

    Yum! This looks fantastic! Have a great time in NOLA!

  • #12 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I am also obsessed with buffalo sauce! I hate chicken wings though so I dip things in buffalo sauce or put it on hummus. I LOVE this idea! Totally going to make this for my next party.

  • #13 - Kerstin

    Mmmm, talk about the perfect dip! Hope you’re having fun in New Orleans!!

  • #14 - Hillary Gras

    This looks amazing!! I know what I’m making for football tomorrow!

    One of my favorites is CORN DIP!! YUM. And so so easy. Not exactly healthy but its awesome:
    1 Can Mexicorn
    Approx. 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayonaise (I tend to go heavier on light sour cream than mayo)
    Approx. 1 Cup Mexican cheese
    1/2 Can chopped green chilies
    A few jalapeño’s chopped fine or 1 small can chopped jalapeños

    Mix everything into an oven safe bowl, top with extra cheese and heat in oven for about 20 minutes; until bubbly. You could also put it in the microwave for about 3 minutes instead. Dip with tortilla chips!!!

    • #15 - Elina

      Thanks for the recipe, Hillary! I’ve never heard of Mexicorn but I’m loving the combination of flavors in your dip. Will be on the lookout for it! :)

      • #16 - Hillary

        Oh it’s just green giant calls their canned corn with some peppers and spices – as you can tell I’m a big fan as I wrote it like, “oh everyone knows about this” :)

  • #18 - Shannon

    yeah, you’ve definitely got the game-time snacks down :) this sounds awesome!!

  • #19 - Cara

    Totally in love with that blueberry goat cheese :)

  • #20 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    This dip looks so good, definitely need to try it! Hope you are having a fantastic time away:-)

  • #21 - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    My husband would absolutely love this dip, and I’d love it because it’s not unhealthy, hah! What a great recipe and delicious idea. Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful blog and I’m so glad to have found it. I’m looking forward to seeing more from you!

  • #23 - Katie (The Aspiring RD)

    This reminds me of the Cooking Light spinach dip you introduced me to – but buffalo style! Looks so good! Hope you enjoyed your vacation!

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  • #25 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Making this again today to bring to a friend’s house for the game – we love this recipe!!!

  • #27 - kimberly

    Celery sticks for dipping too! YUM!

  • #28 - Shelly

    I make Buffalo Chicken Dip as follows:
    2 poached chicken breasts – shredded, 1 8-oz reduced fat cream cream cheese, 1/4 C. light ranch dressing (I like Hidden Valley), 1/2 bottle Texas Pete or favorite wing sauce, 1 bag Weight Watchers Italian Blend shredded cheese. Mix all together. Taste. Add a splash more of Ranch if too spicy or a splash more of Texas Pete if too bland. Pour into small casserole dish and bake on 350 until bubbly, about 20 minutes. In a pinch, you can use the canned chicken breasts but run under hot water and drain very well to lower the sodium content.

  • #30 - gale bergman

    my recipe calls for 1 lg. stalk of chopped celery which is also healthy and adds a great crunch.

  • #31 - Traci

    I have been making this lower-fat version for quite some time now, but with low sodium canned chicken and minus the garlic.

    Using, I calculated that each tablespoon is just under 25 calories, and I’d share the full content if wasn’t down. :-/

  • #35 - Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

    My wife and I love this dip, used it at a New Years Eve gathering and every drop was gone. Thank you for sharing

  • #36 - Alf

    Love this dip once I used the basic ingredients but instead of cream cheese I puréed a can of great northern white beans. Now that was healthy and same great buffalo chicken flavor!

    • #37 - Elina

      That’s a really great idea, Alf! I’ll need to try swapping one of the cream cheese blocks for cannelini beans sometime. Extra protein and fiber :)

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  • #40 - Jenny

    Love this blog!! Just made the buffalo chicken dip that I found on pinterest!! So Great!!

  • #41 - Stephanie

    I make a low fat version of this dip – it just calls for the 2 cooked & shredded chicken breast 2 – 8oz pkgs of Fat Free Cream Cheese and 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Mix all together pour in a pyrex bake at 350 for 20 mins It taste so good this way and less fat without the shredded cheese & sour cream.

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  • #44 - Abby

    Could this work in a crockpot? I’m looking to make this for a pot luck at work! Thanks! :)

  • #45 - Allen

    Do you have the nutrition facts for this dip? Thank you

    • #46 - Elina

      Allen – I do not, but I know Sparkpeople and MyFitnessPal have a recipe development option so you can just add the ingredients and get the total for the whole dish.

  • #47 - Nicole

    I made this tonight – it was tasty! I used low-fat cream cheese, low-fat sour cream, and part-skim cheese (sharp cheddar + mozzarella – half of each). I threw a few extra dashes of Tabasco on top to give the spice an extra layer of flavor. It was an excellent recipe; perfect proportions. Thanks!

  • #49 - Kristen

    I made this as well, and it was delicious!! Just loved it. I’d like to try it with a crockpot this time though, has anyone had any success doing that?

    • #50 - Tab

      I have made it in my crockpot a few times and it worked great. I tripled the recipe and had it set on high for two hours then set to warm. Loved how it kept the dip warm for my guests.

  • #51 - Jackie

    You can make this even more healthy/light if you sub greek yogurt for the sour cream!

    • #52 - Elina

      I’ve made it with 2% greek yogurt before. Not as crazy creamy awesome but still totally delicious… and definitely a bit healthier :)

  • #53 - Angela Higdon

    I made the Buffalo Chicken Dip last night for a party and it was a huge hit! I lightened it a little more by using FF Cream Cheese and Nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream…IT WAS FABULOUS! I served with crackers and celery and actually preferred it with the celery.

    Entered all the info into My Fitness Pal and it came out to 94 calories a serving!! I based this on the recipe making 20 servings.

  • #54 - Karen

    I go one step further, along with the substitution of 0% greek yogurt as others have commented, I omit the cream cheese and use wedges of Laughing Cow light blue cheese flavor…only 35 cals per wedge. I also prefer the celery to the crackers, but there are some delicious gluten free chips called “Late July” that are amazing with this dip. I love buffalo chicken! Bestill my heart!!!!

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