Caramelized Onion BBQ Chicken Dip


Here’s everything delicious about tangy BBQ chicken in a creamy, cheesy, hot, bubbly dip with caramelized onions to make for the perfect appetizer for a party or game day.

Caramelized Onion BBQ Chicken Dip. Perfect for football parties or any time you need to make an appetizer!

I wanted to just name this “the best dip in the world”…I really did.  I have a slight chicken wing dip obsession and this BBQ chicken dip definitely added to it.

I made this dip a few weeks ago and would just like to say that A) it was a hit at the church get-together I brought it to and B) it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.  Needless to say, I went home with a clean dish that night!  Everyone loved it, but I’d have to say that I loved it the most!  I could seriously eat this stuff until I’m sick (and maybe I even did).  If you want to make this even faster, you don’t have to butter roast the chicken – just poach it and shred it to save time and it will still be awesome.

This was a wonderful alternative to buffalo chicken dip if you want to switch it up once in awhile and it’s different because it uses BBQ sauce instead of buffalo sauce.  It would be the perfect, filling snack for any game day….whether your sport of choice may currently be football, hockey, or baseball (the Red Sox seriously need to stop winning games! Sorry Boston fans! #sorrynotsorry).  Serve this dip with fritos scoops, Club or Ritz crackers, or tortilla chips.  Enjoy!

Caramelized Onion BBQ Chicken Dip. Perfect for football parties or any time you need to make an appetizer!

Caramelized Onion BBQ Chicken Dip
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Serves: 8-10 servings
Here's everything delicious about tangy BBQ chicken in a creamy, cheesy, hot, bubbly dip with caramelized onions to make for the perfect appetizer for a party or game day.
  • 3 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ⅔ cups ranch dressing
  • ⅔ cups your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • crackers or chips for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Rub chicken breasts with softened butter then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes. Let cool completely then pull chicken off the bone into bite-size pieces. While the chicken is roasting, heat a skillet oven medium-low heat. Add olive oil and onions, cooking until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in brown sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramely. Remove from heat.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, ranch dressing, ⅓ cup of the BBQ sauce, onions and half of the cheddar cheese.
  6. Fold in chicken.
  7. In a casserole or baking dish (mine was 8-inch round, 4-inch deep), layer the cream cheese mixture, smoothing the top off.
  8. Cover it with the remaining BBQ sauce, then the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly and hot.
  9. Serve with crackers or chips.

 Recipe source:  a reader named Jessica sent this in on

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48 Responses to “Caramelized Onion BBQ Chicken Dip”

  1. October 15, 2013 at 2:03 AM #

    Ohmahgarsh! Ashley, this very well could be THE BEST dip in the whole wide world! We have a serious (severe?) Buffalo Chicken anything addiction in this house. The Big Lug will go wild for this! (I cannot have dairy/cheese. Boohoo!) But, I will surely be making this for him and I bet that 1 teaspoon of brown sugar sends this dip over-the-moon in taste sensation. Thanks ever so much for sharing, girl! xo

    • October 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM #

      It really is the best!! I do not lie!

  2. Nancy Monteleone
    October 15, 2013 at 8:07 AM #

    This sounds awesome! Can’t wait to try it.

    • October 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM #

      Nancy, you’ll love it!

  3. October 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM #

    Oh man, this looks awesome!!

    • October 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM #

      Thanks, Jennifer! It really is!

  4. October 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

    My husband and friends would love this at a party, great for upcoming holiday events! Thanks!

    • October 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM #

      Yes – perfect for holidays! I should have added that in the post 🙂

  5. October 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM #

    wow These look serious rich and divine

  6. October 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM #

    I have to make a snack for my girls Bible study tomorrow night – making this for sure!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • October 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM #

      That’s exactly what I made it for – a Bible study!

  7. October 15, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

    Wow, looks amazing and I love everything in it so I can imagine this really is the best dip ever!

    • October 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM #

      It most definitely is!! Thanks, Ruby!

  8. October 15, 2013 at 6:47 PM #

    OMG I am in love right about now.

    • October 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM #

      haha thanks, Kammie!

  9. October 15, 2013 at 6:55 PM #

    Oh bet this was a hit if no one was looking I would have licked the bowl if I was there… Gosh I am going to half to make this for football season.. Beautiful recipe..

    • October 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM #

      Haha Shundara! Thank you!!

  10. October 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM #

    This recipe is one of those dips that will last about five point five seconds in my house. It looks delish!

    • October 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM #

      I think that’s about how long it lasted here, too 🙂

  11. October 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM #

    That does look like the best dip ever! BBQ sauce and ranch are two of my favorite things ever.

  12. October 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM #

    Oh yum! My brother in law is coming to visit this weekend and he loves BBQ Chicken wings. I can’t wait to make this for him!

    • October 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM #

      OH he’ll definitely love this then!

  13. October 16, 2013 at 2:45 AM #

    I think this really might be the best dip in the whole world. Look at all of the melted cheese and flavors to layer on my corn chip. you just need a bigger corn chip! Maybe even inside a taco shell…thats a teenager size snack.

    • October 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

      I love the idea of stuffing it inside a taco shell!! That could be dangerous for me, however 🙂

  14. October 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM #

    I love all of these ingredients that you have in this, Ashley! I would devour this…maybe I’ll share with all my boys in my house…maybe. (=
    Already pinned…and thinking of actually making this to a gathering we’re going to on Sunday. Perfect!

    • October 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

      I cannot see anyone NOT loving this…so enjoy!!! 🙂

  15. October 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM #

    I love that this dip is homemade! I bet it would go so fast while watching football!

  16. October 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

    They look delicious Ashley! I love a good dip. It’s so hard to resist that gooey cheesy goodness. I can eat this entire bowl myself! 😉 Have a great Wednesday!

    • October 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM #

      Thanks, you too!!

  17. October 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM #

    Dips are basically my life. I need to try this one!!

    • October 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM #

      You’ll love it – I promise!

  18. October 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM #

    I need to make this, it looks seriously amazing and addictive! x

  19. October 16, 2013 at 5:47 PM #

    Oh my goodness — This looks so, so good!! Amazing!

  20. October 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM #

    Now that’s a tasty sounding twist to onion dip!

  21. October 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM #

    Really interesting idea! I’ll bet this has wonderful flavor. Love the idea – very creative. Thanks!

    • October 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM #

      Thanks – it really does!

  22. Dianah
    October 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM #

    Gonna try this tonight!! Maybe add a little sour cream and hot sauce? What you think?

    • October 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM #

      I think that sounds delicious!!! Let me know how you like it!

  23. October 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM #

    Omg, this looks crazy good. I’m always looking for good appetizer recipes and this looks like a sure winner! I think even be drooling. 😉

  24. October 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM #

    Preety damn good dip, i guess i’m gonna be please as a guess in your party!
    i made this for my finger food…

  25. October 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM #

    I keep meaning to come back to this recipe and read it. I’ve finally had the chance and of course I might as well just apply these to my stomach because I’d eat the whole batch myself. Forget about sharing it. Great recipe – perfect for the World Series!

  26. October 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM #

    This looks killer!! Perfect noshing dip! 😉

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