Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

If you’re looking for pure comfort food, Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is just the dish for you! A classic, homemade, creamy chicken pot pie-type filling is topped with nostalgic tater tots. When it comes out of the oven, the tater tots are golden brown and crispy, while the creamy, chicken filling is bubbling to perfection.

Chicken Tater Tot Casserole - KJ & Company

This is one of those recipes that, even though it isn’t the healthiest on the list, it is certainly one that you will turn back to! That’s the thing about comfort food, though. Recipes that might not be the healthiest for us in calorie count, but good for the soul. With cold temperatures and snow flurries, you will want a bowl of this Chicken Tater Tot Casserole in front of you!

Chicken Tater Tot Casserole - KJ & Company

Tater tots always have a nostalgic memory attached to them. As you crunch into one, it usually takes you straight back to your childhood or the first time you tasted one of those salty, crispy, golden nuggets of joy. I think my husband about cried when he saw me bringing home a couple bags of tater tots to toss in the freezer. You never know when you are going to need a tot!

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Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Chicken Tater Tot Casserole - KJ & Company

If you’re looking for pure comfort food, Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is just the dish for you! A classic, homemade, creamy chicken pot pie-type filling is topped with nostalgic tater tots. When it comes out of the oven, the tater tots are golden brown and crispy, while the creamy, chicken filling is bubbling to perfection.

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch disks
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 32 oz bag frozen tater tots

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add in the onion and sauté until slightly translucent, about a few minutes. Add in the celery, carrots and garlic. Stir to combine and sauté for a few minutes more, avoiding any dark browning of the butter or vegetables. 
  2. Add the salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, thyme and flour into the butter and chopped vegetables. Stir to create a thick mixture and until the flour has coated everything. Whisk in the heavy cream and chicken stock and bring to a low boil. Add in the chicken pieces and stir to combine. 
  3. Reduce the heat to low and allow the chicken filling to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Carefully pour the chicken filling into a 9×13 baking pan. Evenly top it with the frozen tater tots. Bake the Chicken Tater Tot Casserole for 1 hour, or until the tater tots are golden brown and the chicken filling is bubbling. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If the chicken filling is getting too thick while it is simmering on the stovetop, you can add in more chicken stock 1/2 cup at a time to help thin it out. 
  • You could certainly add in any additional veggies of your choosing! Peas, green beans or broccoli would go great!
Chicken Tater Tot Casserole - KJ & Company

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