Dairy Free Buffalo Chicken Dip

Dairy free buffalo chicken dip on a cracker

Football is officially starting up, and that means it’s time for all the game day snacks.  Most dips are tough if you’re on a dairy free diet, because many contain cream cheese or cheese.  But with this dairy free buffalo chicken dip, you get all the rich indulgent flavor with none of the dairy!

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Why I love this buffalo chicken dip

Buffalo chicken dip is probably one of my top 10 favorite foods.  I mean, it’s spicy, it’s filling, it’s rich – it’s just so good.

When I had to be dairy free for nursing my kiddo, I remember going to a Christmas gathering and being so sad that I couldn’t eat the dip.  While it took me a while to find a way to recreate that same flavor without the dairy, I think I’ve finally gotten it down pat.

The secret ingredient?  Mayonnaise.

Yes, I know it sounds kind of gross.  A dip with a bunch of mayo – for real?  But I promise, it tastes amazing.

The mayo mixes together with the buffalo sauce to create that indulgent flavor you’re craving.

Casserole dish with dairy free buffalo chicken dip

Dairy free buffalo chicken dip on a spoon

Allergens in this dairy free buffalo chicken dip

This buffalo chicken dip is dairy free, and can also be wheat/gluten free (as long as the mayo meets those requirements, which most do).

If you have other allergens that you’re concerned about, you’ll want to be smart about the mayo that you choose.  Here are my recommendations:

Need a soy free option? 

Try Primal Kitchen Mayo – This mayo is made from avocado oil and contains just a few simple ingredients.  It does contain eggs.

(*Side note – if you are following Whole30, you can use this mayo to make this dish Whole30 complaint.)

Primal Kitchen Mayo

Need an egg free option? 

Try Just Mayo.  It uses pea protein to help thicken it rather than eggs.  Note that it may contain soy.

Bottle of Just Mayo

Need an option that’s both soy free and egg free? 

Try an aquafaba based mayo.  These are thickened using the liquid that beans soak in.  You can make it yourself if you’ve got some extra cans of beans lying around, or you can try a store bought option like Chosen Foods Vegan Mayo.

What to serve with this dip

My go-to is the standard pairing of crackers.  Despite their buttery taste, most crackers on the market these days are surprisingly dairy free*.

For example, at the time of this post, the following varieties were all dairy free:

*Of course, product formulations can change so always double check the label prior to eating any of these.

You can also serve this dairy free buffalo chicken dip with:

  • Homemade French bread (either regular or gluten-free)
  • Celery sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Zucchini sticks
  • Sliced bell peppers

Celery, crackers, and dairy free buffalo dip

I hope you enjoy this dip as much as I do – and if you do, be sure to leave a comment or rate the recipe! 🙂

Dairy free buffalo chicken dip on a spoon
5 from 13 votes

Dairy Free Buffalo Chicken Dip

Whether you’re looking for a game day snack or a party appetizer, this dairy free buffalo chicken dip has all of the tasty flavor – with none of the dairy!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free buffalo chicken dip, dairy free dip
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 175 kcal
Author Dairy Free for Baby


  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until mixture is hot and bubbly.
  3. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve with crackers, celery, or other desired items!

Recipe Notes


You can use any cooked chicken that meets your needs. I generally just take extra plain chicken that I made for another recipe, chop it up well, and use that.

The mixture may look a little oily when you take it out of the oven; that's OK.  It won't taste oily.

Nutrition analysis (approximate per serving):

175 calories, 12.5 g fat, 620 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, 14 g protein, Vitamin A: 2%, Vitamin C: 8%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 3%

Share with me:  What’s your favorite game day snack or party appetizer?  If you made this dairy free buffalo chicken dip – what did you think?

38 thoughts on “Dairy Free Buffalo Chicken Dip”

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  3. 5 stars
    This looks so good. I may try dairy free blue cheese dressing instead of mayo. I love, love, love blue cheese on chicken wings, so I think adding it to this dip would work for me. Maybe a combination of mayo and blue cheese dressing. I have tried Daiya blue cheese dressing on chicken wings and really like it. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Hi Ellen! I hope you got a chance to try the dip! Love your idea of adding the Daiya blue cheese dressing to it 🙂

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  5. Looks delish! If I wanted to add cashew cheese, would you completely replace the mayo, half the mayo with the cheese or simply add the cashew cheese to the original recipe? Thanks!!

    1. Great question! I’d personally try 1/2 and 1/2 to start with, and then modify from there. If you give it a whirl, let me know how it turns out!

      1. I’m so excited to make this tomorrow as my husband is dairy free. I was thinking of using Frank’s buffalo sauce instead of hot sauce. Any thoughts??
        Thank you!

        1. Hi Kelly! Sorry I missed this comment – hopefully you were able to give it a whirl! I think Frank’s buffalo sauce would work just fine. If I’m remembering correctly, the buffalo contains “natural butter type flavor” but I *believe* it’s non-dairy sources. Might be worth a quick email to the company though just to double check. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I have never been the cooking type, but I found out I have Celiacs and a dairy allergy! So I decided to start cooking, and found this recipe. This is AMAZING. I’ll personally use less hot sauce next time because I’m a wuss 😂😂😂 but it was absolutely perfect the way it was. Thanks!!!

    1. Aw, thanks so much for the kind words Jessie!! So glad to hear you enjoyed it (even if it was a bit too spicy for ya, haha!) 🙂

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  8. 5 stars
    This recipe is spot on! Our new favorite. I use Veganaise due to a variety of allergens and it comes out perfect!! I can’t wait to use it to make a buffalo chicken pizza

  9. Elizabeth Collins

    A friend made this for me and it was delicious. I wouldn’t change a thing except to maybe double. Ha ha. I can’t wait to make it again. Seite makes a grain free chip that is great with it.

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      Awesome! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂 And yes, I LOVE Seite chips. Their dairy free queso is awesome too if you haven’t tried it yet.

  10. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I made two serving for a family cook out and everyone loved it! I used vegan mayo and slow cooked the chicken because I preferred it have more of a shredded texture. It was so good!

  11. 5 stars
    Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you sooo much for sharing this recipe! I’m have been dairy free for about 5 yrs and I been trying to find dip recipes that I can eat. This is amazing and taste just like regular Buffalo chicken dip!!

  13. Love this dairy-free recipe!

    Can you tell me what hot sauce you use to get to the 187 mg sodium / serving cited in the nutritional analysis? I use Frank’s Redhot sauce which contains 190 mg / tsp. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup (24 tsps) of hot sauce which equals 4,560 mg sodium. Divided by 8 servings = 570 mg / serving (if using Frank’s).

    1. Sharon – thank you for catching this! I did this recipe analysis a few years ago on an older software, and it appears the generic “hot sauce” entry in the system was missing the sodium input. I just fixed the nutrition analysis in my newer software and updated it above – around 620 mg/serving. 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    love this dip. Taste no different then regular buffalo dip. Dairy free and no heavy icky feeling after eating it. Another plus to dip is making my own mayo with health oil and pasture raised eggs.Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      I use Frank’s Red Hot and prefer that to Tabasco, but you can definitely use that if it’s what you have on hand!

  15. Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.

  16. 5 stars
    Just tried and it was good! Will definitely help me with my buffalo chicken craving I get! But mine came out runny, Any reason why this happens and tips on how to decrease it?

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      Hi Jessica! I haven’t had many issues with this being runny, but here’s some troubleshooting. 🙂 The brand of mayo may affect the texture – I might try with another brand if you’re having issues. Sometimes it may also seem a little runny right out of the oven, but as it cools a little the form thickens up – so be sure to give it at least 5-10 minutes to cool.

      One other thing you can try if it’s still runny is mixing in a small amount of cornstarch slurry, which can help thicken up the mixture right out of the oven.

      Hope that helps!

    1. I haven’t tried it, but I imagine that would work. I would ensure you’re using a thicker dairy-free ranch (as a thinner dressing may mean the dip gets too liquidy) and start with 1/4 cup mayo and 1/4 cup dressing. If you try it, let me know how it works!

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