Chicken Tater tot Casserole

This casserole is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner because it goes together quickly! And with the creamy sauce, chicken, veggies, and tater tots it’s an easy meal the whole family loves.

Love Tater Tot Casserole? Try my Minnesota classic Tater Tot Casserole or the yummy Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole.

Creamy chicken and veggies are mixed up and topped with cheese and crispy Tater tots in this tasty casserole with some serious pot pie vibes. Easy to put together, great to freeze and bake later, and guaranteed the whole family will love it, you’ll want to add this one to your menu rotation.

Ingredients for chicken tater tot casserole

Key Ingredients for Chicken Tater Tot Casserole:

  • Chicken breast. You can use leftover chicken, canned chicken, or chicken breast.
  • Cream of chicken soup. I prefer the low-sodium varieties.
  • Creamed corn. Use an additional can of soup if you prefer but the creamed corn adds a nice texture and flavor.
  • Frozen Peas and Carrots. Or whatever your family prefers.
  • Tater Tots. You'll need a whole big bag. Try sweet potato tots for a fun change!
  • Mozzarella cheese. For the alfredo vibe I like to use mozzarella. Swap it for cheddar or Pepperjack.

Can I use pre-cooked or leftover chicken?

In short, yes! All that really matters is that your chicken is cooked and shredded or cut into pieces. If you’re in a bind, you can even use canned chicken. 

Can I use canned veggies instead of frozen?

It really comes down to your preferences. Try broccoli, green beans, or even cauliflower if your family prefers. Frozen vegetables will taste fresher than canned. If you use canned, be sure to drain them well so you don’t add too much liquid to your dish–no one likes soggy tater tots.

Can I sub cheddar cheese for the mozzarella?

Again, this comes down to taste and preferences. Any cheese will technically work. But if you want that yummy chicken alfredo flavor, your best bet is to stick with mozzarella. 

How to Make Chicken Tater Tot Casserole:

  1. Saute the diced onion and the chicken breast and saute until the chicken breast is no longer pink and the onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in the spices and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  3. Pour the cooked meat and onions into a greased pan. Spread the frozen veggies and creamed corn evenly over the top. Spread the cream of chicken soup over the veggies.
  4. Add the mozzarella cheese on top.
  5. Place the tater tots evenly on top of the mixture in straight lines.
  6. Bake.
  7. Let cool down and enjoy!

Freezing

You can freeze Chicken Tater Tot Casserole! All you need to do is prepare it in a freezer-to-oven-safe pan (or disposable aluminum pan), then wrap it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and stick it in the freezer–unbaked!–for up to three months. When you’re ready, thaw it and bake it according to the instructions, but expect it to add an extra 30 minutes or so to the baking time.

Reheating

I prefer to reheat chicken tater tot hotdish in the oven in the original pan. You may want to add a tablespoon or two of water around the edges, then cover and bake until it’s heated through. To reheat individual portions, you can use the microwave or the air fryer if you want it a little crispy.

Storage

If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. I sometimes like to store mine in individual portions for quick lunches the next few days!

Make Ahead

If you’re busy the day of, you can make chicken tater tot casserole ahead of time! Prepare the dish but instead of popping it in the oven, pop it in the fridge (or freezer–see freezing instructions). When you’re ready to bake it, you will want to set it out 30-60 minutes before baking and/or be sure to take on a few extra minutes for the bake time.

Can I make this in a slow cooker?

I have never made this recipe in a slow cooker, but you can certainly try it! Keep in mind that the texture likely won’t be the same as the tater tots may be more on the mushy side than crispy.

What should I serve with chicken tater tot casserole?

Honestly, my favorite side dish for chicken tater tot casserole is a simple salad with your favorite dressing. When it’s cold outside, it would also pair great with a cozy mashed cauliflower or squash and some cornbread. You can pair this comfort food with just about any of your favorite sides. 

easy chicken tater tot casserole

Chicken Tater Tot Hotdish

| 8 servings
Prep Time | 20 mins
Cook Time | 45 mins
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This casserole is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner because it goes together quickly! And with the creamy sauce, chicken, veggies, and tater tots it’s an easy meal the whole family loves.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lbs chicken breast cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1.5 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can creamed corn you can sub another can of cream of chicken soup if you prefer
  • 2 cup peas and carrots mixed veggies
  • 1 pkg tater tots
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese optional but not really :). -> equal to an 8oz block.
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat, add the diced onion and the chicken breast and saute until the chicken breast is no longer pink and the onions are translucent … about 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir in the spices and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  • Grease a 9x13 pan.
  • Pour the cooked meat and onions into the 9x13 pan. Spread the frozen veggies and creamed corn evenly over the top. Spread the cream of chicken soup over the veggies. Some people mix it here, some people don't. It's up to you.
  • Add the mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Place the tater tots evenly on top of the mixture in straight lines. (It's okay if you're lazy and don't put them in straight lines, just make sure they're pretty even or they won't cook properly)
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes. Check. If tater tots are not golden brown and the veggies are still crunchy, put in over for another 20 minutes. If the veggies are tender but the tots arent’ broil the casserole for 5 minutes or until the tots are brown.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 22gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 834mgPotassium: 392mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3780IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 182mgIron: 2mg

Recipe Tester Paulette says

"Recipe instructions were easy to follow and worked out as stated. The family loved the casserole."

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