Monday, November 17, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Found this over at the Country Cook.  I really like her recipes!
The Country Cook: Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole {Slow Cooker or oven}
1 (32 oz.) bag frozen tater tots
1 (3 oz.)bag bacon pieces
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup milk
salt & pepper, to taste

Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
Layer half of the frozen tater tots on the bottom of the slow cooker.
Sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon pieces.
Now top with 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
Add diced chicken on top. Season with salt & pepper.
Now add 1/3 of the bacon pieces and another 1/3 of shredded cheese.
Put the rest of the frozen tater tots on top.
Finish with the remaining 1/3 cheddar cheese and remaining 1/3 of bacon pieces.
Pour 3/4 cup milk all over the top.
Cover and cook on low about 4-6 hours.
Note: Some slow cookers run at different temperatures. If you are using an older slow cooker (older than about 6 years old), your cooking time may take longer. Newer models run a bit hotter so keep an eye on this around the 4 hour mark. You want to make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly (to 165F degrees).

Cook's Note: This recipe is designed to be made in a slow cooker. If your only choice is to make it in the oven then you will need to thaw partially thaw the tater tots first. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Then layer ingredients into baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about an hour to an hour and a half.

Also, use any kind of bacon you want with this. If you have some fried bacon or microwave bacon - that all works just fine too!

MY NOTE:  I thought it was a bit dry in the oven.  Probably more moist in the crock pot!

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