Cheesy Crock-Pot Chicken Bacon Tater Tot Casserole

Another busy week and the desire to try some different recipes had us making a new crock-pot recipe today.  It turned out great so I thought I’d share it with you!

The inspiration for this recipe came from something my oldest daughter pinned on Pinterest.  It was a recipe from The Country Cook Blog.

The recipe sounded great… but being me… I felt the need to tweak it just a bit.  I asked my daughter how she would change it.  What spices might she want to use?

What we came up with was fantastic!

Cheesy Crock-Pot Chicken Bacon Tater Tot Casserole

Here’s what you need:

1 – 1.5 pound boneless skinless chicken breast

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 – 10.5 ounce can of Cream of Chicken Soup

10.5 ounces of milk

1 – 30 ounce package of tater tots

1 tablespoon parsley flakes

1/2 pound bacon

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

Cheesy Chicken Tator Tot Casserole Ingredients

First, cut your chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Frozen Chicken Breast

Cubed Raw Chicken

Then it’s time to cook the bacon.  I tried a new method; cooking it in water as demonstrated in this video.

Cooking Bacon In Water

It turned out great! I’ll definitely be using that technique again.

Cooked Bacon

 

Once the bacon is cooked and cooled go ahead and chop it up.

Chopped Cooked Bacon

Time to make the “sauce”.  In a bowl whisk together the cream of chicken soup,  milk (use the soup can to measure), parsley flakes, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Cheesy Chicken Tator Tot Casserole Sauce

Now it’s time to assemble the casserole.  Layer the tater tots, chicken, cheese, and bacon in 2-3 layers.

Cheesy Chicken Tator Tot Casserole Layers

Layering Cheesy Chicken Tator Tot Casserole

Pour the sauce evenly over the whole thing.

Adding the sauce

Turn the crock-pot on low and let it go for 4-6 hours.  That’s it!

Ready to cook

Time to serve it up.

Cheesy Chicken Tator Tot Casserole Finished

Cheesy Chicken Tator Tot Casserole Plated

This casserole is delicious and filling!  As we were eating it my wife and youngest daughter suggested that next time we add a bag of frozen chopped broccoli or cauliflower.  Great suggestions that will definitely be tried next time!

Other ideas I might try sometime would be to add some chopped onion, fresh minced garlic, and maybe some water chestnuts for crunch.

What do you think? Does this sound like something you’d like to try? What ways might you modify the recipe?

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