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Exactly How To Reheat Buffalo Chicken Dip – I Test 3 Methods [Pics]

It’s game day. And your buffalo chicken dip is sat in fridge, all cold and stodgy.

So, what’s the best way to reheat it?

In this article I show you the very best way to bring your buffalo chicken dip back to life. With as little effort as possible.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

The experiment

As a test run for game-day, I made a big batch of buffalo chicken dip (stuffed my face) and then left it in the fridge overnight. 

The next day I tested three different ways to reheat it:

  • In the microwave (best for single portions)
  • In the oven (slow but good for big portions)
  • On the stove (quick and tasty)

Note: I also mention a method you should avoid (the crockpot).

All the methods worked well, so the best one for you depends on how much dip and time you have.

The risk with buffalo chicken dip is that it splits and becomes oily. The best way to avoid this is not to heat the dip too quickly or at too high a temperature.

If the dip does split, give it a good stir with some extra milk or cream and it should come right back together.

Related: How To Reheat Shredded Chicken

Reheating buffalo chicken dip in the microwave

To reheat buffalo chicken dip in the microwave, put it in a microwave-safe bowl and cover it with some plastic wrap or a damp paper towel. Heat the dip at 50% power in 30-second intervals until heated through. Stir the dip during each break and add some milk if it’s too dry. 

How to reheat buffalo chicken dip in the microwave:

  1. Place the buffalo chicken dip in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. If the dip seems dry, add a little milk to loosen it up.
  3. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel or some pierced plastic wrap. 
  4. Heat the dip at 50% power for 30 seconds.
  5. Stir the dip and then continue to heat in 30-second intervals until hot.
  6. Let the dip rest for 30 seconds before stirring.

Stirring the dip ensures it heats evenly and you don’t end up with cold spots.

Covering the dish will trap steam and help keep the dip moist. It will also prevent any unwanted splattering.

My verdict

For a quick snack for one (no judging) – the microwave is perfect.

Low and slow is the way to go. 

As I said before, if you heat the dip too quickly, it can split and become greasy. 

I wouldn’t recommend the microwave if you’re reheating a big batch of dip because it’s more likely to overheat and split.

Reheating buffalo chicken dip in the oven

To reheat buffalo chicken dip in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and place your dip in an oven-safe dish. Stir in a tablespoon of milk if the dip needs extra moisture. Cover the dip with foil and heat it for 10-15 minutes. Stir halfway through heating. 

How to reheat buffalo chicken dip in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Put your buffalo chicken dip in an oven-safe dish and add some milk for extra moisture.
  3. Cover tightly with foil to prevent the dip from drying out.
  4. Heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring halfway through.

The exact timings will vary depending on how much dip you’re reheating and what type of oven you’re using. 

To avoid overheating the dip, check it fairly often.

If you want, you can remove the foil for the last few minutes of heating and melt some extra cheese on top.

My verdict

A conventional oven works great if you’re expecting a lot of guests because you can put a huge portion in there and pretty much forget about it until it’s done.

For smaller portions, the toaster oven is more suitable.

The dip itself came out tasting super yummy, and I really liked the crispy cheese on top.

Reheating buffalo chicken dip on the stove

To reheat buffalo chicken dip on the stove, place it in a small saucepan and heat it gently on a medium-low heat. Stir the dip frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Add a few tablespoons of milk to loosen the dip if needed. 

How to reheat buffalo chicken dip on the stove:

  1. Place dip in a cold saucepan.
  2. Heat the dip on a medium-low heat on the stove, stirring frequently until hot. Approximately 3-5 minutes.
  3. If the dip needs extra moisture, stir in some milk while you’re heating it.

Make sure to taste the dip while you’re heating it and add in any extra seasoning or hot sauce if it needs it.

Sometimes the fridge can mute the flavors of the dip.

My verdict

This method works best for more creamy dips. 

You have really good control over the heating and can easily adjust the flavor or texture of the dish.

But if the dip is too firm, it’s hard to stir and won’t heat evenly. 

Reheating buffalo chicken dip in a crockpot

It’s not recommended to reheat food in a crockpot or slow cooker because it will take too long to get up to temperature and can sit in the ‘danger zone’ (where bacteria can breed) for too long. 

Instead, reheat your buffalo dip another way and then once it’s hot, put it in the crockpot to keep warm. 

How to store buffalo chicken dip

You can store your buffalo chicken dip before or after baking. Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge where it will last for 3-4 days.

If you have any leftover crudites like carrot sticks or celery sticks, store these in a separate airtight container and cover them with water to keep them from drying out.

Can you freeze buffalo chicken dip?

Buffalo chicken dip doesn’t always freeze well because it contains lots of dairy and the texture can become grainy or split once thawed. However, I have frozen it before with no ill effects. 

The best thing to do is test freezing a small amount of your dip and see what happens!

How to freeze buffalo chicken dip:

  1. Cool your buffalo chicken dip in the fridge.
  2. Place the dip in either a shallow airtight container, a freezer bag, or wrap the baking dish in a layer of plastic wrap followed by foil.
  3. Freeze the dip for up to 3 months.

If you’re using a freezer bag, remove as much air from the bag as possible before sealing it to protect against freezer burn.

The dip must be cool before you freeze it. 

If it’s still warm, condensation will turn to ice crystals in the freezer, which will ruin the texture of the dip. 

How to thaw and reheat frozen buffalo chicken dip

It’s best to thaw your buffalo chicken dip in the fridge overnight. 

However, if you’re in a rush, you can also thaw the dip by holding it under cold running water or using the defrost setting on the microwave. 

Be careful not to overheat the dip in the microwave because it can split and become greasy.

Once the dip is soft, you can reheat it in the oven, on the stove, or in the microwave. If it looks oily, give it a good stir to bring the ingredients back together.

Another option is to reheat the buffalo chicken dip straight from frozen in the oven. 

You’ll need to ensure the dip is in an oven-safe dish (foil trays like these are great for going straight from the freezer to the oven), then just cover it with foil and bake in a 350°F (180°C) oven for 20-30 minutes until piping hot. 

Exactly How To Reheat Buffalo Chicken Dip

In this short recipe, I show you the best way to revive and reheat your leftover buffalo chicken dip.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken dip, reheat buffalo chicken dip
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 198kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 portion buffalo chicken dip
  • 1 portion milk optional

Instructions

  • Place dip in a cold saucepan.
  • Heat the dip on a medium-low heat on the stove, stirring frequently until hot. Approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • If the dip needs extra moisture, stir in some milk while you’re heating it.

Notes

Make sure to taste the dip while you’re heating it and add in any extra seasoning or hot sauce if it needs it.
Sometimes the fridge can mute the flavors of the dip.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 198kcal

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