Cracked Out Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Cracked Out Chicken Tater Tot Casserole – You must make this ASAP! It is crazy good. Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch, and tater tots. You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it or even freeze it for later. I usually bake half and freeze half in a foil pan for later. Everyone gobbled this up! Even the super picky eaters.

"Cracked Out" Chicken Tater Tot Casserole - You must make this ASAP! It is crazy good. Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch and tater tots.You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it or even freeze it for later. I usually bake half and freeze half in a foil pan for later. Everyone gobbled this up! Even the super picky eaters.

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Stop what you are doing and add the ingredients for this “Cracked Out” Chicken Tater Tot Casserole to your grocery list. You must make this ASAP! It is crazy good. Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch and tater tots! I mean, what’s not to love?!?!

This casserole only takes a few minutes to put together. You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it or even freeze it for later. Since there are only two of us, I usually bake half and freeze half in a foil pan for later. I love being able to pull this casserole out of the freezer on a crazy busy day.

"Cracked Out" Chicken Tater Tot Casserole - You must make this ASAP! It is crazy good. Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch and tater tots.You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it or even freeze it for later. I usually bake half and freeze half in a foil pan for later. Everyone gobbled this up! Even the super picky eaters.

Cracked Out Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cracked Out Chicken Tater Tot Casserole – You must make this ASAP! It is crazy good. Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch, and tater tots. You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it or even freeze it for later. I usually bake half and freeze half in a foil pan for later. Everyone gobbled this up! Even the super picky eaters.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together chicken, sour cream, soup, Ranch mix, bacon and cheese. Fold in frozen tater tots. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
  • Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes, until bubbly.

Notes:

Can use turkey bacon.
Can use low-fat sour cream.
You do not need to thaw the tater tots before adding them to the casserole. You can, but it isn’t necessary.
Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
Can make casserole ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for later.
If baking immediately after removing from the refrigerator, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.
To reheat after freezing, thaw completely. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes, until heated through.

Steph

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  1. Have made this several times! I’m ‘expected’ to make it at least once a month now:) Made this the first time with leftover marinaded/cooked chicken (Filipino Chicken Adobo: Flavour Kapow!) and make it with this chicken every time.
    I use turkey bacon, mexican shredded cheese and crispy crowns. Love making this for all my loved ones!

    1. How could something so simple be absolutely so good. Made it last night everyone loved it. This is a keeper for a quick and easy go to. Thank you.

  2. This recipe is amazing! My family loves it! To change it up a little I used the zesty ranch seasoning and there were zero leftovers!!! Even my kiddo who is the pickiest in the world asks for seconds. It’s super easy to make, perfect for a weeknight dinner!

  3. My family loves this dish. It is a go-to almost every other week. Was wondering if I could do in the crockpot so it would be ready when I got home from work? If so, how long would it take?

    1. Would give this even more stars if I could! I had some leftover chicken that I had marinated and cooked (Philippine Adobo?) and I have shared this recipe with everyone! Thank you for freezing suggestions.

  4. love this recipe! i make it all the time however i was wondering if i can used this recipe with cooked pasta instead of the tater tots. would this work?

  5. Kid, husband, in-law and friend approved. My family and guests really like this dish so 5 stars. I can’t eat it though, as a person who eats mostly raw vegetables the salt content is way too much for me to handle. I may try some lower sodium ingredients next time since it’s a regular recipe in my house now.

  6. We have casseroles once a week in our house(ever since the beginning of Covid). My husband and son both agree that this is their favorite. It made me happy because it was definitely the easiest! 5 stars!

  7. I use the rotisserie chicken from Costco, I use half the tots as a top layer (we like crispy tots) and bacon bits. Makes it faster for me.

  8. SO delish! The ultimate Crisis Cookery yumminess! I will adjust slightly to get a toastier top, and I added a good amount of onion sauteed in butter to the mix….but it was a crowd pleaser!

      1. This was very delicious. I put the potatoes on top because I like golden crispy tater tots. However for some reason they didn’t turn out crispy. I sprayed them with cooking spray but that didn’t work either.
        Any idea why? I will definitely make this again. My husband loved it too!

        1. I usually bake my tator tots first. Then add on top of the casserole and bake. That’s the only way I have found to make them crispy.

        2. I put 1/2 the tots in the mix and saved 1/2 for the top. Cooked for 40 mins then sprinkled more shredded cheese and turned the broiler on for the last 5 minutes. Nice and crispy top layer…

  9. Hey Plain chicken!!! I’m a preschool lunch lady and I’d love to try this on my kids! I have already made tater tot casserole with beef and cheddar and they absolutely LOVE it. I have Lambs Sweet Potato Tots in our freezer…do you think this would work with the chicken??? Thank you for any insight!!!!

  10. Love this recipe! So easy and a nice change from the one with hamburger. I found it to be a bit dry so the second time I made it I added a cup of milk and 2 cups of mixture of carrots, corn, and peas.( just to get some veggies in 😉and add color. It was great and the milk worked. Mmmm 😋

  11. This is one of my favorite recipes as it is listed. I saute onion, jalapenos, red and green peppers to add, as well as a can of crm of mushroom. Finish with an EVO Panko mix on top !

  12. Just love this recipe. My picky eater son loved it. I made it ahead of time and popped it in the oven when I was ready to make it.

  13. This may be a silly question, i know it says 3 cups of cooked chicken. But about how many pounds of chicken would that be?

    1. I use rotisserie chicken and it is about 3/4 of a chicken. It will be about 1-1/2 pounds of uncooked boneless chicken.

  14. I have made this a few times now… Everyone loves it…I made a few tweeks like added whole corn & dryed onions… Even a 2 year old likes it.. Great recipe thank you… Georgia in Michigan

  15. I made this casserole for my coworkers today and it was a huge hit. This casserole is SO GOOD! I don't have access to an oven at work but I wanted it to be hot at lunch so I cooked it in my slow cooker. I put everything together this morning (following the recipe exactly)and cooked it on high for about 3.5 hours. It probably should have gone another 30-60 minutes because the middle, while hot, was not quite as done as the edges. In any event, if you use a slow cooker, don't expect it to look as fabulous as it does in the pictures above but the taste is definitely still there!

  16. This looks amazing! I love how on these recipes everyone always tells you how they changed it from the original instructions or even better, asks ridiculous questions that are clearly stated already in the recipe directions. C'mon people, just read and understand!

      1. Hey! I have a daughter who can’t have gluten and we made this with gluten free cream of chicken! It was amazing even my picky teens liked it.

  17. This was delicious! I used 2 packets of ranch because we love ranch. Definitely making again! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  18. So good! I made a mexi version by adding a tin of sliced jalapeno's, niblet corn, and cooking the chicken in fajita spices.

    1. You don’t have to. I layer them on top and bake as instructed, followed by a quick broil for crispy tots.

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