Appetizers

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Dip is so addicting! This warm appetizer is a fully loaded chicken dip that is quick to make and with only 7 ingredients.

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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Dip

Baked appetizer dips are wildly popular in this house, and not just for gatherings. I fully admit we make them for afternoon snacks, to even dinner. While family and friend gatherings isn’t in the cards this year, that doesn’t mean that appetizer dips are also a thing of the past.

We love appetizer nights, even if it’s just us digging in. They go so well with game and movie nights, to just relaxing and enjoying some great food. They will always be apart of our holiday tradition.

We often make Buffalo Chicken Dip, because it is simply amazing when it comes to taste. Yet we like to change up our favourites now and then with simple swaps that create a whole new taste. This warm dip recipe is fantastic on it’s own, yet it can easily be made into a Buffalo Crack Chicken Dip just be adding some buffalo sauce into the mixture. It gives this recipe that ‘kick’, for those that like that bold spicy taste.

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This chicken dip recipe is sometimes referred to as Crack Chicken Dip for being so very addictive. It’s a tongue-in-cheek name for sure, yet I prefer to nickname this dip recipe as Fully Loaded Chicken Dip. Either way, this dip is as recognizable as it is irresistible and delicious.

warm loaded chicken dip on a chip

How to Make Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Dip

This dip is a mix and bake appetizer and is ready in 30 minutes, which could not be easier. You simply combine cream cheese, sour cream, cooked shredded chicken, ranch dressing mix, cooked crumbled bacon, green onion and cheddar cheese.

You can top with a bit of reserved cheese and bacon, then pop it into the oven. Once cooked, garnish if you want with some green onion and it’s ready to be enjoyed.

Since you could eat this dip for a meal, some might want to cut back the calories. If you prefer, you can use low fat cream cheese, light sour cream, light cheese and use turkey bacon. While I haven’t tried it with low calorie products, I’m sure it would still taste as great.

chicken dip in a dish

Can Shredded Chicken Dip Be Made Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! You can make this dip ahead of time and refrigerate until it’s time to bake. Yet keep in mind, the bake time might increase a couple of minutes. If you have leftovers, simply cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days, and re-heated to enjoy at a later time.

chicken dip on a baguette

What to Serve with Warm Shredded Chicken Dip

We enjoy this dip with baguette slices, Tostito chips and even sliced vegetables. I like to have a variety on hand, so you can jump from one to the other. This way all tastes and preferences are covered.

Other Warm Appetizer Recipes to Try:

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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Dip

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Dip is so addicting! This creamy warm appetizer dip is fully loaded and popular with the masses.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. crean cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package powdered ranch dressing mix
  • 6 slices chopped cooked bacon
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 3 chopped green onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9x6 baking dish with cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese and sour cream until combined.
  3. Reserve 2 tbsp each of the cooked bacon and green onion.
  4. Combine all other ingredients into the large bowl with the cream cheese and sour cream. Mix well until combined.
  5. Pour into prepared baking dish, top with reserved bacon and bake for 20 minutes. It's done when it's hot and bubbly.
  6. Remove from oven and garnish with the remaining green onion.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

- You can make and refrigerate for later. Yet additional baking time might be required if the dish is cold.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 752mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 21g

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I especially love this dip recipe because I usually have all the ingredients on hand, for when that mad craving strikes. I find this so handy, because I have been really trying to avoid multiple trips to the store each week. I have been using the CFC Free Grocery App and if you haven’t tried it yet – you’re in for a holiday lifesaver!

The CFC Grocery App allows me to make lists for my next shop, and also share lists with family so they can add to it, or even do the shop themselves. It’s a grocery organizer that controls that chaos. We all need helper elves this time of year, right?

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44 Comments

  1. My favorite chicken appetizer recipe would definitely be Buffalo Chicken dip. My best friend made it and I’ve been hooked ever since.

  2. The Baked Chicken Nachos with Tomatillo Salsa, but I could make a meal out if that! Mmmm…

  3. Chicken wings are always my go to chicken appetizer, but I am definitely going to try this dip. It sounds sooooo good!

  4. I would have to say that bacon wrapped chicken bites would be my favourite chicken appetizer.

  5. It’s actually one that my brother makes and it’s delicious! Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip! He usually brings it at Christmas. I think the recipe is very similar to the one above!

  6. The Chicken Meatball Appetizers sound really good but buffalo chicken dip is amazing too.

  7. My favourite appetizer is chicken wings in a variety of flavours – salt & pepper, buffalo and BBQ.

  8. One of my fave chicken appetizer recipes is Piri Piri Chicken Wings! Thanks for the recipe and for the chance to win.

  9. Chicken will hold a starring role in both my regular, hearty winter meal cooking and the special holiday treats I am preparing to bring special smiles at this particularly fun, festive time of the year.

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