Sunday, December 23, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Tator Tot Casserole

I seem to falling behind on my posts and I think it is only going to get worse the rest of this week. I've had this recipe ready to post for a week now. A yummy Nacho Chowder waiting in the wings. Coming up this week is Simple Fudge, Snowman Poop and Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pizza. Of course there is also my menu plan for the week, which I will try to have ready sometime tomorrow. With family visiting, last minute shopping and just being a little bit lazy I just keep putting the blog off. Anyway, back to today's post. This was a really yummy casserole that I made for our group this last week. I found this recipe over at The Country Cook or rather I was led to it by Jamie over at Love Bakes Good Cakes when I saw it on her menu plan for the week. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, to me it was missing something but I have yet to figure out what that was. John and I enjoyed the leftovers for breakfast and it actually seemed better the second time around. I will have to make this again just to see if I can figure out what was missing.

32 oz bag frozen tator tots
3 slices crisp cooked bacon
1 1/2 to 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
2 cups shredded cheese, colby jack and cheddar
1 cup milk
salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

Spray 4 qt slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
Layer half of the tator tots into the bottom. Top with one slice of crumbled bacon and 2/3 cup of cheese.
Layer chicken on top of tator tots. Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Top with the remaining tator tots, cheese and crumbled bacon. Season with additional onion and garlic powder if desired. Pour milk over the top.
Cook on low for about six hours. Serve and enjoy!

Oven Variation:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. After you've cooked the bacon; season the chicken with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder; then cook the chicken in the grease remaining in the skillet. Layer half the tator tots into the bottom of a large casserole pan. Top with one slice of the crumbled bacon and 2/3 cup of shredded cheese. Layer chicken on top of the tots. Top with the other half of the tator tots, remaining cheese and bacon. Season with additional onion and garlic powder. Poor milk over the casserole. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tots are browned and crispy.
Serve and enjoy!

Shared with:

 Ms. enPlace

11 comments:

  1. Never, ever would have thought to put tator tots in the crock pot! Bacon, potatoes, cheese--that's all I need right there.

    I've gotten behind so bad I've just given up for the rest of the year!
    Merry Christmas, Terry.

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    1. A couple of these posts will probably be put off till the new year, lol.

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  2. We had this today ... and my first thought was to add BBQ sauce and onions the next time! I loved how easy it was - but I agree with you, something was missing!

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  3. Terry, how about adding some diced green chiles for a bit of the "kick" you and I both like.

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    1. That would be great but unfortunately not all the members of our cooking group can handle that kind of kick.

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  4. I love this:) How easy is this. Pinning!

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Terry!!!

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  5. Ummmmm I forgot to spray it. I didn't just screw it up did I?

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    1. Well I forget at least half the time. As you've prob figured out by now, no you didn't ruin it but it will stick some making clean up more of a pain. Hope you enjoyed the casserole.

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  6. Terry, this sounds so good, and I would never think to cook it in the crock pot! What a great idea! :) And now that it's cooling off a little bit....this sounds perfect!

    Love, Joy
    Yesterfood

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