Nashville Hot Chicken Dip

Nashville hot chicken dip puts the classic flavors of the spicy, sweet dish into a cream dip. You’ll love serving this appetizer for holiday parties, before the big game, and at picnics all year long!

nashville hot chicken dip in a white bowl topped with pickle chips and thinly sliced green onions

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We absolutely love fried chicken in our house.

That goes times two if it’s spicy fried chicken covered in an addicting sticky sauce, which is pretty much what Nashville Hot Chicken is.

You know what else we love?

Buffalo chicken dip.

This dip takes the classic spicy fried chicken and combines it with zesty buffalo chicken dip for a dish that is roll your eyes back good.

a shallow white serving bowl filled with nashville hot chicken dip surrounded by green onions and triangle shaped crackers

What is Nashville Hot Chicken?

Nashville hot chicken is a regional take on fried chicken popular in Nashville, Tennessee.

It is sort of a hybrid of traditional fried chicken and Buffalo wings.

Most often, it is a portion of batter, fried chicken breast, thigh, or wing covered in a cayenne paste or sauce. You’ll normally see it served on slices of white bread with pickle chips. 

This dip takes that cayenne pepper chicken and turns it into a spread you’ll love digging into.

a shallow white serving bowl filled with nashville hot chicken dip surrounded by green onions and triangle shaped crackers

Ingredients

To make this you’ll need:

  • Cream cheese– Soften it on the counter before using it in this recipe.
  • Buttermilk– Don’t substitute plain milk. You want the extra tang. For best results, use full fat, room temperature buttermilk.
  • Hot sauce– Use a good quality cayenne pepper sauce like Texas Pete or Crystal’s.
  • Honey– To balance the heat.
  • Spices– A combination of cayenne, smoked paprika, and garlic powder.
  • Chicken tenderloins– Use baked, breaded tenders cooked according to the directions on the package. You could also substitute popcorn chicken or chicken nuggets.
  • Garnish– Dill pickle slices and thinly sliced green onions.

nashville hot chicken dip in a white bowl topped with pickle chips and thinly sliced green onions

How to Make

To make this, start by putting the cream cheese and buttermilk in a microwave safe bowl.

Microwave for one minute on high heat and then stir.

Then, cook another minute and stir again before microwaving a final 30 seconds.

Next whip the mixture with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.

Add the hot sauce and spice to the whipped buttermilk cream cheese mixture and whip again until everything is evenly incorporated.

Scoop the mixture into a serving dish, and spread it out with a spatula into a thick even layer.

Then spread the cooked, chopped crispy chicken pieces out overtop of the spiced dip.

Add the remaining hot sauce, honey, and garlic powder to a small bowl and whisk them together.

Then pour the sauce evenly out over the chicken topped dip.

Finish by topping with sliced pickles and  green onions.

Serve with your choice of dipping options. Enjoy!

a wooden spoon dipping into a serving bowl filled with nashville hot chicken dip

Dipping Options

You can dip whatever you like into this, but some of our favorites are:

  • carrots and celery sticks
  • cucumber slices
  • tortilla chips
  • pita wedges
  • crackers
  • pretzels

Storing Leftovers

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheat in the microwave prior to serving until warmed through.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure the chicken is cooked and extra crispy before chopping and using.
  • You can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper if you prefer less heat.
  • For extra flavor, stir a little bit of ranch powder seasoning into the cream cheese mixture.

a crisp cracker chip being dipped into a serving bowl filled with nashville hot chicken dip

Other Sandwich Themed Dips You’ll Love

Nashville hot chicken dip turns the regional favorite into a creamy appetizer dip. Make it for your next party and enjoy!

Looking for other sandwich styled dips? Try these:

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a shallow white serving bowl filled with nashville hot chicken dip surrounded by green onions and triangle shaped crackers

Nashville Hot Chicken Dip

Nashville hot chicken dip puts the classic flavors of the spicy, sweet dish into a cream dip. You'll love serving this appetizer for holiday parties, before the big game, and at picnics all year long!
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Course: Appetizer, Dip, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 76kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 8 oz pkgs cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk full fat, recommended, at room temperature
  • scant 1/4 cup hot sauce recommend using a brand like Texas Peter or Crystal's
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3-4 baked, breaded chicken tenderloins cooked according to package instructions & chopped into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce for sauce
  • 1 1/4 tbsp honey for sauce
  • pinch garlic powder for sauce
  • sliced dill pickles
  • green onions thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Add the cream cheese & buttermilk to a microwave safe bowl. Cook for one minute on high heat. Stir.
  • Cook another minute and stir again. Microwave a final 30 seconds.
  • Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture until smooth & creamy.
  • To the whipped cream cheese add the hot sauce, honey, cayenne pepper, & garlic powder. Whip the mixture just until everything's evenly incorporated.
  • Transfer the mixture to a serving dish, and spread it out into a thick even layer.
  • Spread the cooked, chopped crispy chicken pieces out overtop of the spiced dip.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add the remaining sauce ingredients- hot sauce, honey, garlic powder. Whisk together to evenly combine. Slowly pour the sauce evenly out over the chicken topped dip.
  • Add sliced pickles to the top, as desired, and sprinkle liberally with green onions.
  • Serve with your choice of dipping options. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

recipe adapted from Baking Beauty

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