Spicy Chicken Dip

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This Spicy Chicken Dip is out of this world. Creamy, cheesy, spicy, and full of tender chicken pieces, this dip will please kids and adults alike.

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I think this dip may become one of my new infatuations. I keep making it. I keep dreaming of making it. I keep thinking about how to use it as a hot pocket filling come fall and as a quesadilla tomorrow. I have a feeling, you might catch the infatuation. But, that’s okay. It all tastes good.

You will be shocked and amazed at how simple this appetizer is to make. My Spicy Chicken Dip recipe contains just a few ingredients: cooked chicken (great use of leftovers), cream cheese, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, chopped green onions, and cilantro. Mix that all up, cook in the toaster oven/big oven, serve with chips. (I think you could probably heat it in the slow cooker or the microwave, but I haven’t tried that yet.

The last time my friend Jessika was here, she and I ate a whole pan of it ourselves. The kids were a little miffed that we didn’t save them any. Spicy Chicken Dip is your ticket to all kinds of potlucks and parties this year, my friends.

I can’t take all the credit. I first tasted this at Trader Joe’s back at the sample corner. It was the first time that something so weird looking had me going back for more. I didn’t think to grab one of their recipe cards, so I don’t really know how they made theirs. I noticed the bottle of their hot sauce on the counter, but that’s all I know. My guess is that they used canned chicken because that would be way easier. Use leftover chicken, cook it up special for this, or buy a rotisserie chicken next time you’re somewhere where there’s a rotisserie.

I’m 95% sure that this dip will freeze prior to baking, but a batch has never lasted long enough at my house for me to test that theory. Apparently, I need to make it this week!

Also of note, if you check all your ingredients labels carefully, this dish should be gluten-free, opening all kinds of options for deliciousness to your GF friends and neighbors.

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Spicy Chicken Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
This Spicy Chicken Dip is out of this world. Creamy, cheesy, spicy, and full of tender chicken pieces, this dip will please kids and adults alike.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, dip, Spicy Chicken dip
Servings: 8
Calories: 312 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 8 ounces light cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons hot jalapeno pepper sauce
  • chopped cilantro for garnish
  • tortilla chips for serving
  1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8-inch pie plate.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions, and hot pepper sauce. This goes really easy in a stand mixer.
  3. Spoon the chicken mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 15 minutes until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle cilantro over the top before serving with chips.
  4. The dip can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to bake, up to 2 days.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are approximate and are based on 1/8 of the recipe. Refrigerate leftovers promptly and use within 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chicken Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 453mg20%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 344IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jennifer says

    This looks delicious! Would the green Tabasco be considered a “hot jalapeño pepper sauce”? Or do you use something else? Just trying to get an idea of the spice level. Cream cheese soaks up a lot of heat.

    • Trader Joe’s is red, similar to Tapatio or Chalula. It’s fairly spicy. I tried to find a green one, but the jalapeño tomatillo I bought (Kroger) was sweet. No bueno. I think what you have would work.

  2. Sandi says

    I’ve always made this with Frank’s hot sauce. I usually add either blue cheese or ranch dressing to it so it is more like a buffalo chicken. Never tried it with cilantro, though.

    • I imagine it would be really good with the blue cheese, but I don’t think my people would go for it. Great idea!

  3. Kim says

    I’ve swapped the hot sauce for bbq sauce…delish!

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