Easy Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip (Gluten-Free)

July 12, 2021
A childhood favorite, buffalo dip was a staple at my house growing up—the perfect, shareable dish to enhance any party, get-together, or game night with friends and family. I loved the creamy, spicy combination—with that added twang of vinegar that made everything pop and come together.

Despite being entirely vegan, this recipe tastes deceptively similar to the traditional buffalo chicken dip, with none of the meat and all of the flavor. You can serve it with chips, veggies, in a bun, or however you best like your dips served.

Share with friends and family or, like me, devour it all by yourself.
vegan jackfruit buffalo dip with veggies on a table

Easy Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip (Gluten-Free)

Recipe Type: Appetizers
utensils YIELDS 3 servings
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  • 1 can jackfruit
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (Frank's RedHot preferred)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dill seeds
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese
  • (Optional) 2 stalks green onions
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1. Soak cashews in hot water for approximately 25–30 minutes or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 375°F.

3. While cashews are soaking, heat up olive oil in saucepan on medium-low heat.

4. Drain jackfruit and put whole pieces of the fruit in the sauce pan, stirring occasionally for 5–10 minutes.

5. As jackfruit cooks, slowly shred the jackfruit with two forks in the pan, stirring until lightly browned. 

6. Remove from heat and spread out in a small, well-coated cake pan (ideally 8” or 6” and round).

7. Once the cashews are soaked, strain and add to a blender along with 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, ½ cup Frank’s red hot sauce, ½ cup water, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dill seeds, and 1 tsp parsley. Blend until well-incorporated.

8. Pour sauce over jackfruit and stir until combined.

9. Sprinkle with vegan cheese on top and cook for 15–20 minutes.

10. Serve (optionally) with green onions on top for extra crunch, and enjoy!

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Dana Drosdick
Dana is a marketer living in Saratoga Springs, NY with a passion for all things related to stewardship, faith, wellness, and personal enrichment. Her work has been featured in various Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, The Odyssey Online, and The Banner Magazine. Follow her at @danadrosdick on Instagram for foodie trends, her latest book recommendations, and far too many photos of clementines.


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