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Can You Freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip?

Can you freeze buffalo chicken dip? Whether you’re meal prepping for a big party, want to make a batch ahead of time, or have too many leftovers, freezing buffalo chicken dip can be a game-changer.

Instant Pot buffalo chicken dip in a serving bowl.

Start with a Recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip

Instant Pot buffalo chicken dip is a heavenly combination of creamy, spicy goodness. It features canned shredded chicken, fiery buffalo sauce, velvety cream cheese, butter, and zesty ranch, flawlessly cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot. Whether you pair it with crispy chips, fresh veggies, or crusty bread, the crowd-pleasing snack will be a hit at your next party or game-day get-together.

A spoon scooping into Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Can You Freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip?

Freezing buffalo chicken dip is convenient whether you’re freezing the dip before or after cooking, especially when you have too many leftovers or are planning an event. Follow my guide for making gooey and delicious buffalo chicken dip that lasts.

How Long Does Buffalo Chicken Dip Last?

How long does buffalo chicken dip last in the fridge?

Buffalo chicken dip will keep in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days, but this may vary depending on the ingredients you use. After preparing the tasty Appetizer, place the leftovers in the refrigerator within two hours of setting it out. Let the dip cool completely before adding it to an airtight bag or container. If using a container, I suggest wrapping it in plastic before pressing the air out and securing the lid.

How long does buffalo chicken dip last in the freezer?

Given the presence of dairy in buffalo chicken dip, it’s okay to ask, can I freeze buffalo chicken dip? The answer is yes, you can! The tasty dip will last for 2 to 3 months when properly stored. It’s worth mentioning that once frozen, the texture of buffalo chicken dip can change considerably, but here are some measures you can take to preserve the freshness.

Best Tips for Freezing Leftover Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • If you’re freezing buffalo chicken dip that’s already been heated, warm or hot dip increases the potential for bacterial growth, so it’s important to let it cool completely before storing it.
  • Store the leftovers in airtight containers or freezer bags designed for freezing to prevent freezer burn and preserve freshness.
  • Air is the enemy of food storage. Whether using a container or bag, try squeezing out as much air as possible before sealing them. You can also wrap the airtight container in plastic wrap and press the air out before securing the lid to reduce exposure to cold air and prevent freezer burn.
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip in a serving bowl with scallion topping.

How to Thaw Frozen Buffalo Chicken Dip

The safest and best way to thaw the frozen dip is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Thawing it slowly in the fridge helps to prevent the ingredients from separating as they defrost. When you’re ready to eat the dip, let it come to room temperature and warm it according to the instructions below.

How to Reheat Frozen Buffalo Chicken Dip

Thaw the buffalo chicken dip in the fridge. When it’s ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the dip is bubbly and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (73°C). Consider adding a fresh layer of shredded cheddar cheese before baking. 

For individual servings, I recommend warming them in the microwave for one minute, giving them a quick stir, and warming it for another minute.

Once reheated, stir to distribute the ingredients. If it appears dry, add a small amount of buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, or cream cheese until it reaches your desired consistency.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance can you make buffalo chicken dip?

You can prepare the dip before a gathering or busy get-together and refrigerate for up to 3 days before baking or cooking it in the Instant Pot.

After compiling the ingredients, cover the dip tightly and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make it. Be sure to bring the dish to room temperature. This way, the dip is ready when it is time to serve.

What to do with leftover buffalo chicken dip?

Make nachos or taquitos, and use the dip to top roasted potatoes or air fryer hasselback potatoes. Like beef lettuce wraps, fill romaine lettuce or a flour tortilla to create buffalo chicken wraps. Alternatively, you can add the filling to Hawaiian rolls and make buffalo chicken sliders, similar to how we use leftover brisket to prepare brisket sliders.

How long can you leave buffalo chicken dip out?

If you want to ensure the dip stays at a safe temperature and maintains its quality, use a chafing dish, slow cooker, Instant Pot, or another warming device if you plan to serve it over an extended period.

Just remember not to exceed 2 hours of leaving it out. If it’s been sitting out longer than that, it’s best to err on caution and toss it.

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