Tears of Loss Dip

Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip Recipe - Shredded chicken simmered in tangy hot sauce and baked with lots of gooey cheese. A perfect dip for game day!


Tears of Loss Dip

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I had grand visions of calling this dip “Bronco Dip” because it’s orange and blue (cheese).

This dip is no longer called Bronco dip after their devastating loss to the Ravens on Saturday. It is now called Tears of Loss Dip.

If you’re not a football fan, hang with me. The Broncos were a huge favorite in the playoff game against the Ravens. They had won 11 straight games, they were playing at home, and they have Peyton Manning! What could go wrong?

Turns out everything can go wrong, but mostly the Broncos just played to lose. And, while I hate to admit it, they deserved to lose. They gave up the chance to win the game at the end and settled to go to overtime.

So this dip is now dedicated to all those fans out there that have to watch the rest of football season without cheering for their team (I’m looking at you SEATTLE).

Even if your team is no longer in it, we can all still collectively root against the Patriots (because they always win), and eat this Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip while we do so!

Bluffalo Blue Cheese Dip

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Shredded chicken simmered in tangy hot sauce and baked with lots of gooey cheese. A perfect dip for game day!


1.5 pounds chicken, poached and shredded
1 12-ounce jar Franks hot sauce (buffalo is best)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
Tortilla chips for serving


1) Poach chicken in simmering water until it’s cooked through, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool, then drain and shred. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) Return shredded chicken to medium pot with butter and hot sauce. Heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until flavors meld.

3) In an 8×8 square baking dish (or 2.5 quart baking dish) spread cream cheese evenly on bottom of dish.

4) Top cream cheese with shredded chicken mixture and top with grated cheddar and blue cheese.

5) Bake for 30 minutes until dip is melted and bubbly.

6) Serve immediately with tortilla chips!

Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip

Starting the Dip

This dip has some serious flavor and packs a real punch thanks to a whole bottle of hot sauce. At the same time, it’s very easy to make.

For this particular version, I just used some chicken strips, but if I’m making this for a big crowd, I’ll actually just poach a whole chicken and shred it which is better, in my opinion, because you get a nice mix of white and dark meat.

strips for Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
About 1.5 pounds.

Obviously if you are using a whole chicken, you would want to double all the other ingredients in the recipe and upgrade the baking vessel to a 9×13 baking dish.

As-is though, just poach the chicken in a few inches of simmering water for 10-15 minutes until it is just cooked through. Then drain the chicken and let it cool briefly.

poached for Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
Cooked and drained.

When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it with a few forks and add it back to the pot with some butter.

Okay, kind of a lot of butter.

shredded chicken for Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
A small pad of butter.

And a whole bottle of hot sauce! I really prefer Frank’s for this recipe. Their standard recipe or their buffalo sauce blend both work great for this recipe.

sauced - Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip

Stir the sauce in with the shredded chicken and let it simmer for about five minutes so the flavors can blend nicely and the chicken gets seasoned well.

Finishing the Dip

In your baking dish, spread out the cream cheese in the bottom of the dish. This kind of becomes a hidden layer in the final dip, but it makes a big difference.

cream cheese - Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
Important hidden layer.

Next, pile in your spicy shredded chicken.

You should have a nice thick layer of chicken on the cream cheese.

layer - Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
Building layers.

Now you just need a few different cheeses. Honestly, I’ve made this with just shredded cheddar and it’s great, but the blue cheese adds a great kick.

cheese - Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
Orange and blue!

Pile on the cheeses and the dip is ready to bake!

ready to bake Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
All set.

Bake this sucker for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until it’s melted and bubbly.

This Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip will cure any sports fan remorse.

baked Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip

Serve it with lots of tortilla chips and cold beer.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip from Macheesmo

If your team loses a game that they should’ve one, remember: There’s always next year and there’s always more dip!

25 Responses to “Tears of Loss Dip” Leave a comment

  1. Ohio was collectively rooting for you (at least everyone I was with).

    Later that night seeing Matt Ryan throw 2 passes in about 10 seconds to get in to field goal range really made you question Denver’s decision to take it to OT without giving it a shot.

    Better luck next year!

    Oh btw, this dip looks awesome. I love the way massive blue cheese chunks seem to just settle down in to the dip!!

  2. Oh wow! That’s really, really similar to a dip I make a lot. It’s good to see such a close recipe — the chicken + buffalo combo pretty much can’t be beat. The only differences are that I don’t add any butter, and I heat the cream cheese together with a bottle of ranch dressing to mix it all together, and then I add chopped celery in-between the cream cheese/ranch layer and the shredded cheddar layer — a full-on “buffalo chicken” dip.

    1. I have a suggestion…don’t be Jets fans? It’s been tough for you guys…

      Of course, we have a Cardinals fan in this house (my husband, I’m a Peyton Manning girl myself) so we know your pain!

  3. I never miss a chance to try your recipes, because they are always my most favorite.. BUT I can assure I will be eating this dip as I root FOR the Patriots to go all the way to the big game :)
    Thanks for the new dip- I might call it tears of joy Patriots victory dip just to make it taste better :)

  4. My pregnant self is craving buffalo wings, but the actual wing with bones grosses me out. (Picky baby)
    I am totally making this dip this weekend. I may or may not share. My future spawn thanks you for this recipe.

  5. As a Steelers fan, I was of course rooting against the ravens, so I’m truly sorry for your loss! This is usually the go to dip in our house, being avid Frank’s and cheese lovers. Since becoming vegetarian, this was the one thing I have been craving the most, so I experimented this past weekend and subbed some chopped firm tofu in place of the chicken. It actually worked really well, added consistency without changing the flavors, in case any other vegheads want to give it a go.

  6. Can I just say, if you haven’t yet had Louisiana Hot Sauce yet, you need to try it. YOU HAVE NOT LIVED!!!

    And if you have had it before and still prefer Frank’s…. I don’t know if we can be friends anymore.

  7. Haha, I just found this recipe, and you mention Seattle – and in less than two weeks the Broncos will be playing the Seahawks!

  8. I made this for our Super Bowl get together and man was it ever awesome. Only difference, I started with a layer of guacamole. It will now be one of my regulars to bring or to make for any get together.

    Thank you

  9. I have made this dip several times and it is a great hit. I usually use a rotisserie chicken or left overs from a smoked chicken. This weekend I was at the cabin and forgot the shredded cheddar. Instead we grated a block of smoked cheddar and it was AMAZING. It added a whole new depth of cheesy flavor. I recommend trying it at least once.

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