Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is pure comfort food. A homemade chicken filling is topped with crispy tater tots. When it comes out of the oven, the tater tots are golden brown, while the creamy chicken filling is bubbling to perfection.
This recipe goes out to all the kids and the kids-at-heart. Topped with tots, it’s a nostalgic dish with an elevated twist. I mean, seriously…since when do you see “roux” and “tater tots” in the same recipe?
Why KJ Loves Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
This is just one of those happy and nostalgic recipes to me. It not only makes my stomach and tastebuds happy, but it makes my heart smile! From simmering the chicken filling, to arranging the tater tots all over the top of the casserole, to the way the smell of it baking in the oven fills your house with warmth and all the way to digging in and taking a bite. It just fills your soul in so many ways. We all need that type of comfort food in our lives!
Classic Comfort Food
If you love chicken pot pie but don’t want to spend hours making it from scratch, this is the perfect recipe for you.
This chicken tater tot casserole can even be a one-pan dish if your skillet is oven-safe (my favorite is my Le Creuset Braiser). Cook, assemble, and bake it all in the same pan!
While chicken tater tot casserole is not a “healthy” meal, it’s certainly one that you will turn back to! That’s the thing about comfort food, though—it’s good for the soul. On a chilly evening, you will want a bowl!
In short, chicken tater tot casserole is a cozy KJ & Company staple.
Chicken tater tot casserole is a dream recipe for planners (or wannabe planners!). Freeze it, reheat leftovers, or transport it to family and friends.
An aluminum foil baking pan will be your best friend if you make this meal ahead of time. Fewer dishes. No pestering someone to get your favorite pan back.
Make this casserole for a get-together, social gathering, or for a neighbor or a friend. Any way you bake it, it’s bound to bring smiles!
Freezer Meal Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
01) Make the recipe as directed…up until right before you’ve poured the chicken base into the baking pan.
02) Cool the chicken base and pour it into a freezer-safe pan.
03) Top with tater tots, cover, and freeze.
01) Pull the chicken tater tot casserole straight from the freezer and remove the cover.
02) Bake at 350 degrees for an hour and a half.
03) …that’s it. Enjoy your easy, delicious dinner.
01) Make the recipe as directed.
02) Cool and store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
03) Reheat in the microwave. Or, cover the leftovers and reheat in the oven at 400 degrees for around 20 minutes.
Take and Bake
01) Make the recipe as directed. But after topping with the tater tots, don’t bake it.
02) Cover with aluminum foil and place in a transport-safe compartment.
03) Take with you to wherever you need to go/deliver. Then bake for an hour at 350 degrees.
Note: If it’s not going to be baked right away, store the casserole in the freezer until you’re ready to bake it.
Tater Tot Time
Bite into a salty, crispy, golden tot—it will take you straight back to childhood.
Use regular-sized tater tots for this recipe—straight from the freezer! No need to defrost or pre-cook.
A great way to get everyone involved: Have the family help you arrange the tots. Fun to make. Fun to eat.
Chicken Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients
Other than the tots, everything in this recipe is from-scratch, elevating this casserole from your run-of-the-mill potluck dish to a homemade masterpiece.
Onions, carrots, celery, and garlic form the base of this casserole and infuse the dish with flavor! I love using baby carrots—they are naturally a little sweeter and easy to cut into perfect-sized rounds.
This chicken tater tot casserole recipe calls for dried herbs, but you can use fresh herbs if you have them on hand. If you’re using fresh herbs, double the amounts (dried herbs are more potent than fresh).
While many casserole dishes use condensed, canned soup, this chicken tater tot casserole recipe is made without soup. Instead, you’ll use the flour to create a roux that thickens the base.
Creamy and rich! Don’t skimp here. (No, really. I see you looking for a “healthy” substitute. Don’t do it.)
You won’t regret using the real deal to form the creamy base of this casserole.
Chicken stock adds layers of chicken flavor and helps keep the casserole base from getting too thick.
Use boneless, skinless chicken for this recipe. You can use white or dark meat. My favorite is boneless skinless chicken tenderloins because they are easy to cut into 1-inch pieces.
If you need to cut down on prep time, you could use a rotisserie chicken instead!
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