Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

This Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is a one-dish dinner that’s simple to mix up and put in the oven, and the whole family will love it!

Chicken Tatertot Casserole: This one-dish dinner is so simple to mix up and put in the oven, and the whole family will love it!

This weekend I was so excited to reach 15,000 Facebook fans (thank you!!) that I ran an impromptu giveaway. To enter, folks just needed to comment on a post telling me one of their favorite things to have for dinner. Reading all the responses made me so hungry! I think tacos and steak were the most common answers, but one reader named Pam answered Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole. I was in love just reading the name of that dish! Cheese, chicken, and tots? What’s not to like?

Chicken Tatertot Casserole: This one-dish dinner is so simple to mix up and put in the oven, and the whole family will love it!

I don’t know what Pam’s version is like, but I knew I needed to make my own because it just sounded too good. Of course it needed to be easy, and I wanted it to be an all-in-one dish so I wouldn’t have to make a side to go with it. I hope you’ll love the casserole that I came up with. It’s sort of a cross between chicken pot pie and tater tot casserole, but with more cheese. Check the recipe instructions to options to cut down on prep or bake time depending on which you have more time and energy to do.

Chicken Tatertot Casserole: This one-dish dinner is so simple to mix up and put in the oven, and the whole family will love it!

Speaking of bake times, the fact that I’m bringing you this recipe this week really proves that I love you guys. I made it in the middle of a 90-degree day in San Francisco! That was just poor planning on my part, but if I didn’t want to hurry and get the recipe to you, I wouldn’t have gone through with it. When the weather cools down, we’ll be having this on the regular I’m pretty sure. Let me know when you get a chance to try the recipe!

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Chicken Tatertot Casserole: This one-dish dinner is so simple to mix up and put in the oven, and the whole family will love it!

Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

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A one-dish dinner that’s simple to mix up and put in the oven. The whole family will love it!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 16 ounces frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup sour cream (reduced fat is OK)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese divided
  • 1 packet reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 28 ounces frozen tater tots

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.
  2. (See notes at the bottom for alternate directions to reduce baking time.) Stir together uncooked chicken, vegetables, sour cream, ONE cup of cheese, and taco seasoning until evenly combined. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish.
  3. Arrange frozen tater tots evenly over the chicken mixture. You probably don’t need the whole bag, but I made them all fit. Cover with foil, and bake 30 minutes in preheated oven.
  4. Remove foil, and bake 20 minutes longer. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over tots, and bake 5 minutes more before serving.

Notes

  • To cut down on bake time and get a creamier filling, saute the chicken and frozen vegetables together in a skillet until heated through, then drain. Stir in taco seasoning, cheese, and sour cream with those hot ingredients and bake uncovered for 30 minutes total.
  • This casserole is great leftover. If you reheat it in the microwave in an broiler-safe bowl, you can place the bowl under the broiler for 3-5 minutes to make your tater tots crispy again.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60

Want more hearty potato casseroles? Here you go!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

26 comments

Alexis mull
9 years ago

I’m making this for my son’s marching band competition tomorrow. I’m the chairman and need to feed roughly 100 people! Wish me luck….this looks yummy.

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

That’s a lot of tater tots! How did it go? I hope it turned out well, Alexis! I was in the marching band in school too. I would have loved someone to make me tater tot casserole at a competition. I think we just got McDonald’s ;)

Alexis
9 years ago

It went very well, except for last minute changes due to the weather. Thanks to your great recipe my casserole dishes were empty! Pretty impressive!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Oh this makes my day, Alexis!! Thank you!!

Kathy
9 years ago

This sounds so great & easy. We love using tater tots, not very expensive we always have them on hand. Great for seniors. Thanks

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Glad you like it, Kathy! Thank you!

Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
9 years ago

OMG the ultimate comfort food.

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

My favorite kind of food ;) Thanks, Cathy!

Joanie @ Zagleft
9 years ago

Wow, Andi! This sounds and looks so good. I know my family would love this for dinner and I’d love how easy it was to put together!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Thanks, Joanie!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
9 years ago

This sounds like total comfort food! :)

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

My favorite kind of food :) Thanks, Jamie!

Des @ Life's Ambrosia
9 years ago

It doesn’t get more comforting than tater tot casserole! Perfect for busy nights!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Yes! Thank you!

Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits
9 years ago

This looks like great comfort food, my boys would love it!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Thank you, Sheena!

Gerry Speirs
9 years ago

This is my kinda food!!#

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Ours too :) Thanks, Gerry!

Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
9 years ago

I just LOVE tater tot casseroles! Such perfect comfort food. This one looks delicious! :)

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Who can resist tater tots?? Thank you, Carrie!

Beth
9 years ago

Awww! I love how you made something suggested by a reader! I bet you made them feel famous :)

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Famous might be strong, but I hope she likes what I came up with. I might have butchered her favorite dish ;) Thanks, Beth!

Michele @ Alwayzbakin
9 years ago

This looks and sounds amazing! I LOVE tater tots! Delicious!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

We love them at our house too. Thanks, Michele!

Cate | Chez CateyLou
9 years ago

Congrats on 15K on FB!! That’s so exciting! This tater tot casserole is such a great idea – I would love to eat this for dinner tonight! And thanks for cooking for us on a 90 degree day! It is 90 here in NYC too and it needs to end!!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Thank you, Cate! It’s starting to cool down here, and I hope you get a break from the heat this weekend too. Hang in there!

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