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Buffalo Turkey Dip | A Frank’s Red Hot Chicken Wing Dip Spin-Off

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After all the traditional Thanksgiving food is picked over, save those leftover turkey scraps to whip up this delicious and easy appetizer. This Buffalo Turkey Dip is perfect for snacking on fresh veggies the day after a big meal when you’ve had way too much heavy food. 

Buffalo Turkey Dip | A Frank's Red Hot Chicken Wing Dip Spin-Off

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If you don’t happen to have fresh turkey, you can substitute canned chicken or shredded chicken breast for a Buffalo Chicken Dip instead. Simply follow the same directions, swapping out the turkey for chicken!

I love this recipe because it is extremely versatile.

  • You can serve it hot or cold.
  • You can make it ahead or the day of.
  • Plus, you can cook it in a slow cooker for easy transport to parties!
Buffalo turkey dip with red peppers.

Is This The Same recipe As Frank’s Red Hot Chicken Wing Dip?

You may have heard of this Buffalo Turkey Dip before, as the classic Frank’s Red Hot Chicken Wing Dip.

With it being such a simple recipe, I cannot take credit for this masterpiece, as there’s not too much to switch up! However, I have made a couple substitutions for this Buffalo Turkey Dip that I think improves the taste even more.

Hot buffalo chicken dip.

For my first substitution, the original Frank’s Red Hot Chicken Wing Dip recipe calls for Ranch dressing, but I prefer to make mine with Ken’s Steak House Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

I’m definitely a blue cheese snob. There are some brands that really taste “off” to me, so here I am promoting Ken’s Blue Cheese simply because I love the flavor.

My runner-up choice would definitely be Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese. You can’t go wrong with either of these options!

The next substitution is obvious– the turkey. Hence, a delicious Buffalo Turkey Dip!

Now, let’s get to the recipe.

When Should I Make Buffalo Turkey Dip? 

Growing up, I used to make this recipe all the time for sleepover parties. My girlfriends and I actually made a cooking video of us all making it together!

So this leads me to say, 

  • Throwing a party? Make this dip.
  • Need to bring a dish to pass? Make this dip.
  • Need a Super Bowl snack? Make this dip. 
  • Alone on a Friday night? Make this dip. 
Carrot dipped in buffalo turkey dip.

With how loved this Buffalo Turkey Dip is, you would think it was difficult to make, but this recipe only requires 5 ingredients! 

Buffalo Turkey Dip Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz Package Cream Cheese
  • ½ Cup Frank’s Red Hot Original 
  • ½ Cup Ken’s Blue Cheese Dressing
  • ½ Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded Leftover Turkey (or 2 cooked turkey breasts, shredded)
  • Optional: Chopped Green Onion for Garnish
Appetizer on a countertop

How to Make Buffalo Turkey Dip In The Oven

Step 1. Start by softening your cream cheese. You can either do this by taking it out an hour ahead of time, or by microwaving for 30 seconds. Remember to take your cream cheese out of the foil wrapping and place inside the dish you plan to use for the dip before microwaving! 

Step 2. Preheat your oven to 350°F. 

Step 3. Spread out the softened cream cheese on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish

Spreading cream cheese in a dish.

Step 4. Add in your shredded turkey, ½ cup of Frank’s Original Hot Sauce, ½ Cup Ken’s Blue Cheese Dressing, and ½ cup blue cheese crumbles. 

Spreading turkey in dish.

Step 5. Mix all the ingredients together and spread out evenly inside the baking dish. 

Step 6. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes and then serve immediately with cut up fresh veggies or chips. 

Making buffalo turkey dip

Can I Make Buffalo Turkey Dip In The Slow Cooker?

You can also make this delicious buffalo turkey dip in the crockpot as well.

Here’s how: 

  1. You’ll want to start this dip early in the morning to cook your turkey first. Place two oven ready turkey breasts in the slow cooker with a little chicken broth to coat the bottom of the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours.*
  2. Drain the juices from the crockpot, and shred the cooked turkey and place it back in the crockpot. 
  3. Cube your cream cheese, then add it to the crockpot along with all the remaining ingredients for the dip and stir together. 
  4. Cook on high heat for 2 hours and then serve!**

Can I Serve This Dip Cold?

You can also serve this dip cold. For cold buffalo turkey dip, or cold buffalo chicken dip, you can use precooked shredded chicken or turkey. Then, use your electric stand mixer to whip up the ingredients.

Here’s how: 

  1. Using the paddle attachment on your KitchenAid mixer, whip up the cubed block of cream cheese.  
  2. Pour in the hot sauce, and blue cheese and continue to mix. 
  3. Add in the blue cheese crumbles and shredded cooked protein. 
  4. Finally, mix in some chopped green onion and shredded cheddar cheese. 
  5. Using a spatula, scrape the sides of the mixing bowl and scoop up all the dip and work it together forming a ball in your hands. 
  6. Serve cold with fresh veggies and crackers, or wrap in plastic wrap and place in your refrigerator for later. It will stay fresh up to 2 days. 

This is a great option for a make-ahead appetizer!

Appetizer on a countertop

Buffalo Turkey Dip Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Buffalo Turkey Dip is a delicious and easy appetizer for snacking on fresh veggies or your favorite pita chips at your next party.

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz Package Cream Cheese
  • ½ Cup Frank's Red Hot Original 
  • ½ Cup Ken’s Blue Cheese Dressing
  • ½ Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded Leftover Turkey (or 2 cooked turkey breasts, shredded)
  • Optional: Chopped Green Onion for Garnish

Instructions

Step 1. Start by softening your cream cheese. You can either do this by taking it out an hour ahead of time, or by microwaving for 30 seconds. Remember to take your cream cheese out of the foil wrapping and place inside the dish you plan to use for the dip before microwaving! 

Step 2. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Step 3. Spread out the softened cream cheese on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. 

Step 4. Add in your shredded turkey, ½ cup of Frank's Original Hot Sauce, ½ Cup Ken’s Blue Cheese Dressing, and ½ cup blue cheese crumbles. 

Step 5. Mix all the ingredients together and spread out evenly inside the baking dish. 

Step 6. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes and then serve immediately with cut up fresh veggies or chips. 

Notes

See full post for directions on crockpot cooking and the option to serve cold.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181

What to Serve With Buffalo Turkey Dip

To dress up this Buffalo Turkey Dip, add some color by surrounding the dish with sliced red, yellow, orange and green bell peppers, or some chopped carrots and sugar snap peas. 

Buffalo Turkey Dip | A Frank's Red Hot Chicken Wing Dip Spin-Off

The fresh snap of the veggies really helps balance the buffalo turkey dip and is also super yummy! If you would like, you can also serve this dip with pita chips, Fritos scoops, or assorted crackers. 

I really hope you enjoy this simple, yet delicious appetizer!

Have you made buffalo chicken or turkey dip before? If so, do you serve yours cold or warm? Which do you prefer?

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