BBQ Chicken Dip.

I’ve… been holding out on you.

And no, I’m not talking about my grey’s anatomy thoughts on twitter or how it’s Bloomingdale’s friends and family sale through Monday or how crushed potato chips on top of boxed macaroni and cheese is seriously a thing (thanks for giving me that terrible habit 20 years ago Dad), or how this scarf slash blanket slash vest is the most amazing piece of clothing you will ever own.


I’m talking about this dip. You’ve probably already figured out that it is buffalo chicken dip’s – you know the dip that people lose their head over and make for every single sporting event every single weekend? – stepsister or once-removed cousin or something like that. I mean, it’s exactly like buffalo chicken dip but with some caramelized red onions and barbecue sauce and… wait for it… butter roasted chicken.

And maybe it’s not that big of a deal, and maybe I’ve been living under a rock all this time by secluding us from this dip with barbecue sauce, but then a reader sent me this recipe right before Labor day and… I freaked out. Because ever since discovering bone suckin’ sauce a few years ago it’s safe to say that I’m a thousand times more obsessed with that than I am with buffalo wing sauce, and the simple thought of the sweet and tangy flavors mixed with cheese and that freaking butter roasted chicken was enough to OMG make me go crazy. Oh and I sort of figured that someone else in this house might enjoy it too. Just a hunch.

I follow the same rule with this dip as I do with the others: if I’m making it just for us or for a small crowd and want to keep things light, it’s totally fine to use lighter cream cheese and lighter cheddar and MAYBE (ugh) skip the butter roasted chicken. But if you’re making it for a giant crowd and you’re going to watch a bunch of people throw a pigskin around, I think you want something that is going to melt in your mouth. Take that as you will.

Now add it to your list of football food and go wild.


BBQ Chicken Dip

Yield: serves 8-10

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


3 bone-in chicken breasts
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2/3 cups ranch dressing
2/3 cups your favorite BBQ sauce
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
crackers or chips for serving


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Rub chicken breasts with softened butter then season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes. Let cool completely then pull chicken off the bone into bite-size pieces. While the chicken is roasting, heat a skillet oven medium-low heat. Add olive oil and onions, cooking until soft, about 5 minutes. Add in brown sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramely. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, ranch dressing, 1/3 cup of the BBQ sauce, onions and half of the cheddar cheese. Fold in chicken.

In a casserole or baking dish (mine was 8-inch round, 4-inch deep), layer the cream cheese mixture, smoothing the top off. Cover it with the remaining BBQ sauce, then the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly and hot. Serve with crackers or chips.

recipe provided by reader Jessica

I can hardly stand it.

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107 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Dip.”

  1. #
    Robyn | add a pinch — September 28, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    I can hardly stand it either. I’ve made BBQ chicken dip, but never with butter roasted chicken. So I might as well have never even made it!


  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 28, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    Dam this dip looks good! You have been holding out on us, way to long!!!! This looks amazing!!! My mouth is watering just looking at the photos!!


    • Rich — October 1st, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

      Holding out? This is not her recipe.. I don’t know why she’s taking credit for something that’s not hers. ~


      • Jessica — October 1st, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

        I’m not “taking credit” for it – I clearly write in the post that it was sent to me by a reader and I have HER credited in the recipe footnotes. No where do I say that this is my original recipe.

  3. #
    Liz — September 28, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    LOVE. THIS. DIP. Wow.

    Also, I’m in complete agreement with your tweet about Grey’s.


  4. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 28, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    I can’t stand it either! Love it.


  5. #
    Kim in MD — September 28, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    This dip leaves me almost speechless. All I have to say is that I wish you had posted this yesterday so I could have been stuffing my face with it during the Baltimore Ravens game last night!


    • Rich — October 1st, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

      She didn’t post it, because she didn’t have the recipe. It was sent in & shame on her for taking credit!~


      • Cristy — October 12th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

        Rich, you should keep your comments to yourself. She did not claim this recipe as her own. Your comments are sarcastic and rude to say the least. Get over yourself. Stop making these comments please, it’s not necessary.

        Sorry Jessica, I just could not help myself…

  6. #
    Rachel Cooks — September 28, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    I just want to pull that thick later of cheese off and eat it. Is that weird?


  7. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — September 28, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Pretty sure I’m going to sub the barbecue sauce with buffalo wing sauce mixture and go wild with this recipe for football season. The husband will fall in love with me all over again!


  8. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 28, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    Ok, so this weekend is my university’s homecoming game, and I think this dip would go down well for, well, let’s face it… EVERYONE! Can’t really fail to please with a cheese and chicken combo!


  9. #
    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — September 28, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    I could eat that with a spoon..


  10. #
    Kim@hungryhealthygirl@gmail.com — September 28, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Oh my!!!!! That cheesy goodness looks fantabulous….maybe Friday night dinner!


  11. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — September 28, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    This dip screams Monday night football, in a good way. And I don’t even watch football.


  12. #
    Abby@ Totes Delish Blog — September 28, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    I need this in my face rightnow. Thanks..now I’ll be stuffing my face with dip all weekend!


  13. #
    Amanda N — September 28, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    You should have been sent this recipe a long time ago because its genius. Buffalo chicken…why not barbecue chicken! Can’t wait to try it :)


    • Rich — October 1st, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

      It’s not her recipe & she should not be taking credit for it!


  14. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 28, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    Jesssssssssssica. Oh dear lord. You save the BEST posts for Fridays. The chocolate munchkin donuts and now THIS. We are obsessed with bone suckin’ sauce. literally the only thing I eat on my chicken. and I SLATHER my chicken with it! I do the same thing with dips – use lighter versions of cream cheese, sour cream, etc if I’m making it for myself. But I go all out when it’s for a party. This looks SO good Jessica. I am a BBQ chicken Fa-reeeeak.


    • Rich — October 1st, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

      She’s not Jessica! This is not her recipe.. I can’t stand bloggers that take credit for recipes that aren’t theirs…


  15. #
    jude — September 28, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    Man this sounds good!!
    Talk to me about the chicken breasts – 3 full breasts or 3 split breasts? skinless or skin on?


  16. #
    Lisa @ Floating Along... — September 28, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Yes, I love buffalo chicken dip – this sounds right up my alley! I’ll be adding it into the rotation, thanks :)


  17. #
    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — September 28, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    In love, this looks amazing! Can’t wait to give it a try!


  18. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — September 28, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I heart buffalo chicken dip! I have to try this recipe…it looks amazing!! I can’t stand that picture with the gooey cheese…so yum looking!!!


  19. #
    Jessica — September 28, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Pretty sure I could slam this like a bowl of cereal. Is that horrific? Don’t stop loving me.


  20. #
    lisa — September 28, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Good Lord; this is over the top!!!


  21. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — September 28, 2012 @ 10:39 am



  22. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — September 28, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    I have a slight bbq chicken dip obsession – this is definitely adding to it!


  23. #
    Julie @ NaClKitchen — September 28, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Wow. This looks great and perfect for football watching. And the butter roasted chicken may need to happen whether or not I’m making the dip. It sounds like perfection by itself. :)


  24. #
    Mia — September 28, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Football season is only 17 weeks long. You must stop this right now. I cannot keep growing the list of Sunday afternoon recipes at this rate – I’ll never get through them all/I will go broke/I will be terribly fat. So stop it.


  25. #
    Jessica — September 28, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    OMG I can’t believe my recipe made it onto HOWSWEET!!! I feel like a celebrity :) So glad u love this recipe too….!!! xx


  26. #
    mary @ what's cookin with mary — September 28, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    What a great reader recipe! So so sinful, but so so right. This is the perfect man-dip. Perhaps an alternate name could be proposal dip ? ha!

    I am a huge fan of Bone Suckin’ Sauce! Have you ever tried the “hot” version? That and TJ’s Kansas City are my two all time favorites.


  27. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 28, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    Living in Memphis, I cannot believe I have never had a BBQ chicken dip yet. Guess I’ll be fixing that during my next football viewing!


  28. #
    Ashley @PeaceLoveYumminess — September 28, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    MMM I am making this sunday for the football games! I am a stickler for always making buffalo chicken dip but think this will be a super delicious change!


  29. #
    Rebecca — September 28, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    I honestly don’t even know how I’m going to wait to get home from work to make this. Needing to eat BBQ chicken dip is a valid reason to go home early, right?

    I absolutely love pretty much everything you post!


  30. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 28, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Oh yeah! My hubby will love you for this. He loves BBQ sauce and this is a favorite dip of ours!


  31. #
    Lauren — September 28, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    As good as Buffalo Chicken Dip is, I’m so happy to see something new. The buffalo dip is becoming a bit overdone in my opinion. ;)

    Have a great weekend Jessica!


  32. #
    Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. — September 28, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Great recipe! Anything with bone suckin’ sauce is great. Are you using the hot version or the regular?


  33. #
    Diane, A Broad — September 28, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    Big problem: I want to make this and eat the whole thing for lunch. You are so bad for me.


  34. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — September 28, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    This looks so good! I’ve never tasted bbq chicken dip – how is that possible?


  35. #
    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — September 28, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I could not even feel guilty about eating this–it looks TOO GOOD!


  36. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — September 28, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Heck, yes! I absolutely love buffalo chicken dip, and I love BBQ chicken pizza. So I have no doubt I would love this! Awesome idea!


  37. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — September 28, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Holy crap. BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, cheese…..all in one dip? I may have to actually watch football this weekend.


  38. #
    Mal @ The Chic Geek — September 28, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    Yum! This looks awesome


  39. #
    BYH @ Bless Your Heart — September 28, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    I’m definitely making this for a football tailgate tomorrow!! Thanks for the great recipe!


  40. #
    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — September 28, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    Wow, wow, wow… So cheesy and delicious. I won’t be able to leave its side with my bag of chips in hand.


  41. #
    The Food Hound — September 28, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    So I was totally going to make buffalo chicken dip for a party next weekend… but not anymore! Omg this is fabulous!


  42. #
    Ricardo — September 28, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    looks good this dish delicious anxious to prepare


  43. #
    Samantha Kashka — September 28, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    OMG Vinyasa scarf is the best blanket EVER. I work at lululemon (worst job in the world i swear i made more money sitting at home all day because i spend ALL MY MONEY now) but no one believes me when I tell them you can use the scarf as a blanket. I do it all.the.time. and I try not to buy every single color. Ugh my life is so difficult sometimes.


  44. #
    Pixie — September 29, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    I would have left a comment here, BUT, I ate this dip and I died and went to heaven!


  45. #
    tania@mykitchenstories.com.au — September 29, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Oh my …I dont know if we have half the things in that there dip here in Australia but it does look good. I hope you shared


  46. #
    megan — September 29, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Oh geez! I”m trying to lose a few “summer ice cream” pounds and you throw this at me with your super delectable photography and the image of the chip lifting that cheesy goodness…UGH! You can just buy me my new jeans cause the old one’s are never gonna fit now!!!



  47. #
    Abbey — September 29, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Ugh, the vinyasa scarf is the BEST. Everyone should own one. And wear it with their wunder unders. Which, btw way, the bordeaux drama is the prettiest fall color ever!


  48. #
    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — September 29, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Now that is a tasty looking dip!


  49. #
    Anita — September 29, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    not all ranch dressings are created equal. which would you recommend using for this particular dish?


  50. #
    Lynna — September 29, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    this is what the word delicious was made to describe.



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