Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip in a square white bowl next to a pile of square crackers on a white and grey marble surface (with logo overlay)

Easy Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip

It only takes 4 simple ingredients to make this cheesy ranch chicken dip that is delicious served warm or cold and is a crowd-pleasing appetizer!

One night a few weeks ago, when Justin was at a meeting, I got a craving for some type of dip. But I had no idea what to make. Sometimes, that’s when I come up with the best recipes, such as this Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip.

We were getting very low on groceries, and I had some chicken thawed that I didn’t make for dinner that night. So I started digging through the refrigerator and pantry to see what I could throw together. I had some Wheat Thins crackers, which are always my favorite for a dip. So I thought I might be able to make a chicken dip. I bought the crackers to make my buffalo chicken dip since I haven’t posted that here yet, but I didn’t know we were out of buffalo sauce.

What did I have on hand? Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chicken, and ranch powder. And my trusty crackers.

The chicken was still uncooked, so I went ahead and boiled the chicken. While it was cooking, I got the cream cheese out so it could soften a bit. It’s not my favorite way to cook chicken, but if it’s going in something like a dip, then it isn’t too bad. And it shreds easily, especially in the stand mixer.

After I shredded the chicken, I added in the rest of the ingredients and folded it all together to make this easy cheesy ranch chicken dip. And it was delicious! I know I say the recipe makes about eight servings but I ate almost half of it in one night. Then again, it was basically my dinner.

Justin tried some the next day and loved it as well. The great thing about the dip is you can eat it warm or cold, and both ways are great. Of course, you can use other crackers such as club crackers or Ritz crackers, but my favorite is Wheat Thins.

The dip took about 10-15 minutes to make, only because I had to cook the chicken. You could also use a rotisserie chicken especially if you like both the light and dark meat. This would cut down on the prep time as well.

Step by Step

In a medium saucepan, boil the chicken until it’s cooked through. Shred the chicken. Add the chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch powder to a mixing bowl. Stir until combined.

Stainless steel bowl with cream cheese, ranch powder, shredded cheddar cheese, and shredded chicken

Serve either warm or cold with crackers.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip in a square white bowl next to a pile of square crackers on a white and grey marble surface (vertical)


Originally Published On: May 7, 2019

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip in a square white bowl next to a pile of square crackers on a white and grey marble surface

Easy Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip

It only takes 4 simple ingredients to make this cheesy ranch chicken dip that is delicious served warm or cold and is a crowd-pleasing appetizer!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, chicken, cream cheese, ranch
Servings: 8 servings
5 from 5 votes


  • 1 lb chicken breast (bonesless, skinless)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 pkg ranch powder
  • crackers


  • In a medium saucepan, boil the chicken until cooked through
  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch powder
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and shred
  • Gently fold the chicken into the cheese mixture
  • Serve either warm or cold with crackers
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 253mg11%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 540IU11%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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44 thoughts on “Easy Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip”

  1. We enjoy making all kinds of different dips. This cheesy chicken dip sounds like a keeper. Will have to make it when I make chicken, we always have leftovers and this would be a perfect way to use it up.

  2. Oh, this looks so yummy. I love it. I will be making this for sure. I would try it for a sandwich even. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Amanda @ All Day Active Life

    Stop! This looks SO good! I love dips that have a bit more substance (like a meat). They make such a great app to bring to dinner parties. Definitely book marking this one!

  4. This looks really yummy. I love unique dips like this. I think it would be yummy to sandwiched it between some crackers too. Or maybe a yummy bread sandwich.

  5. Ooooo nothing better than a yummy dip!!!! They make the best things to serve when you have company. Definitely pinning so I can try!!!

  6. Neely Moldovan

    This would be a great dish to take to friends houses. I feel like it would be pretty easily loved by all!

  7. Melanie williams

    I need to give this a whirl, as my other half would love this. I will be trying this next week xx

  8. I am always looking for good dips to make for parties and this one is so good! The chicken, the ranch, the cheese – it is pretty much the perfect dip!

  9. I love that this dip only takes four ingredients. It typically scares me away when there is a huge ingredient list. Definitely making this soon!

  10. This sounds really tasty and a great option when you have chicken and not many ideas how to prepare it! However, in total honesty, cheddar cheese and me aren’t good friends… what would you suggest as a replacement for it?

    1. I haven’t tried it with any other cheese because cheddar is my favorite, but you could try any other yellow cheese and see how it comes out. I don’t know if the white cheeses, like mozzarella, would give the same sharp flavor that a yellow cheese does. If you make it with a different one I’d love to know how it comes out!

    1. I haven’t tried it before, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. As long as you get most of the liquid out of the chicken since you don’t want it to be runny when you mix everything together.

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