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BEST Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe – Perfect Appetizer for Game Day

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip – let’s check out this easy and delicious appetizer. This was a HIT with my picky eaters.

Let me back up. Yesterday, we hosted a family get together with 23 people. It was VERY last minute, how last minute?

24 hours notice. It was a great time with lots of food, fun, laughter, kids and a few injuries but we survived. We made it happen and the hit was the chicken buffalo ranch dip.

instant pot buffalo chicken dip recipe
Quick and easy – always delicious!

The Instant Pot made 4 of the dishes for our family meal, so if you haven’t already – make sure to check out our Instant Pot Recipes – we use these often!

Instant Pot Chicken Buffalo Dip Recipe

I’m going to show you how to make this Instant Pot dip in less than 10 minutes. But don’t worry for the traditional folk, I also have the tried and true old school method, but done IP style. Let’s start IPing!

Bonus, this buffalo chicken dip recipe is keto friendly and low carb! For more keto recipes, check out Keto Dirty.

If you haven’t had chicken buffalo ranch dip, bless your heart. In all seriousness – it’s a yummy delicious dip and a great alternative to queso (there is nothing wrong with queso.)

buffalo ranch chicken dip recipe
make this delicious buffalo ranch dip in the instant pot

It tastes like buffalo chicken wings with ranch, but even better – it has were calling my name this weekend. This dip has been a regular in our parties for years. It all started when my sister-in-law made it for a party and then our friends started making it, now we always chuckle when we see it.  You can make it spicy or well it will still have a kick, but you can most definitely tone down the heat (or turn it up! I like it HOT!)

franks red hot sauce ingredients for buffalo ranch dip
Gotta love Franks Red Hot sauce! Use as much as you want to make the Instant Pot Chicken Buffalo Ranch Dip as hot or mild as you like. (It will still be somewhat hot with this stuff!)

I’m including 2 Instant Pot Chicken Buffalo Ranch Dip Recipes here. One is if you want to make this dip the more traditional way – but I occasionally use a hack to save time and i’ve included that recipe here.

Quick Instant Pot Chicken Buffalo Ranch Dip Recipe

To make this chicken buffalo recipe on the quick, here is my simple hack for a delicious appetizer.

QUICK Chicken Buffalo Ranch Dip

If you are in a hurry and need a quick dip, the Instant Pot chicken buffalo ranch dip will not fail you with this hack!

  • 2 cans of chicken (season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic to your liking)
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/2 bottle Franks Red Hot Sauce (Franks buffalo wing sauce works as well)
  • 1/2 bottle Ranch dressing
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar (either mild cheddar or sharp cheddar will work!)
  • Tortilla Chips or Fritos (I prefer Tortilla, my kids love this with Frito Corn Chips!)

In my hurry, I really didn’t want to cook ANOTHER meat. I mean we had 24 burgers to get prepped! I looked into our cabinet and we had 2 cans of chicken that I had bought at Sams Club. I hadn’t used these in forever. The good news, is the expiration on these is forever out. I don’t use often, but SO it is so worth keeping these handy for last minute needs. Anyways, on to the recipe!

Empty the water out of the 2 cans of chicken. Place the chicken in the Instant Pot. Season the chicken well, canned chicken is so bland. And the smell – let’s mask that smell! 

Next, you will put your Instant Pot on sauté . You will sauté your chicken for 3-4 minutes. Since the chicken is cooked, you are just warming up the chicken and getting the pot hot. 

Then, place all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot. With this quick recipe, you don’t need the chicken broth because there is no need to pressurize. 

Stir the ingredients quickly, as you don’t want anything to burn. You are just melting the items together. 

Finally, when all of the ingredients resemble the Chicken Buffalo Ranch Dip – you will turn the IP off, and then back on with the Slow Cooker function. 

Instant Pot Chicken Dip and Chips
Use tortilla chips or corn chips, either way – this instant pot dip does NOT disappoint!

When you are done, serve in a bowl – garnish with a little shredded cheese and serve with tortilla chips or corn chips. YUM! NOM! 

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Yield: 12

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Delicious and simple - let's make a chips and dip Instant pot recipe that will be a fam favorite. Perfect for sport games, our Buffalo Chicken dip recipe aims to please!

This Instant Pot chicken recipe has you cooking the chicken. If you want to make Buffalo Chicken dip super quick, use pre-cooked chicken and skip the Instant Pot chicken step. This will reduce your time significantly!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken (season to your liking with salt, pepper, garlic)
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/2 bottle Franks Red Hot Sauce (Franks buffalo wing sauce works as well)
  • 1/2 bottle Ranch dressing
  • 1 cup of water or chicken broth
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar (either mild cheddar or sharp cheddar will work!)
  • Tortilla Chips or Fritos (I prefer Tortilla, my kids love this with Frito Corn Chips!)

Instructions

  1. Place 1 lb seasoned chicken in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of chicken broth or water. Next, close the lid - make sure you are sealed and set the IP for 12 minutes. If your chicken is frozen, I would up the time to 15 minutes. 

    Note: By the time the chicken is pressurized, it will take around 25-30 minutes total.
  2. After your Instant Pot dings, quick release the seal.
  3. Next, is the easy part. You can either shred the chicken first, or what I do is just dump all of the ingredients and stir.
  4. Take your cream cheese, shredded cheese, ranch dressing and Frank's Red Hot Sauce and mix your dip together! That's it!  

Notes

I make this ahead of time, and then put the Instant Pot on slow cooker. This keeps the dip warm, without burning. I had 2 hours before my party, I did stir a few times just to make sure all was well (and it was delish!)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g

The Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe nutrition data is a guesstimate and will vary depending on the specific ingredients that you use.

Instant Pot as a Slow Cooker 

I don’t use the Instant Pot as a slow cooker often, but this function comes VERY handy when you need to heat up an item and leave it. It doesn’t work with every meal, but when it works – it works!

There you have it. There is the Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe. It is SO good, and so easy to make. 

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