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Crock Pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

This Crock Pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is a family favorite. Tater tots, cheese, chicken and bacon. A whole meal in one!

A DELICIOUS SLOW COOKER MEAL!

This cheesy chicken tater tot casserole is so good. I just don’t know how else to describe it. It is cheesy. It is bacon-y. And you got your chicken and taters all together so it is a whole meal in one. You just gotta try it and let me know what you think. In my house, this is a kid favorite!

forkful of tater tot casserole on a white round plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I double this recipe?

I don’t recommend it. If you need more, just make it in a second crock pot.

Do I need to use raw chicken?

You can use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and cut the cooking time by a couple of hours.

Any other seasoning I can use for the chicken?

It’s important to season the chicken well with salt and pepper or any other seasoning you prefer, like cajun seasoning or blackened chicken seasoning.

Could I bake this casserole in the oven?

To make in the oven: spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Then layer ingredients into baking dish. Don’t add the milk. Cover and bake at 350F degrees for about an hour to an hour and a half.

What would be a good side dish?

A fresh, crisp green salad or your favorite veggie like these Glazed Sweet Potatoes or this Roasted Cauliflower.

Can I assemble this ahead of time and then cook?

I don’t recommend it. Everything would be starting from very cold and the slow cooker insert could crack from going from very cold to hot.

How do store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Leftovers can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Crock Pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole recipe from The Country Cook shown fully cooked in a black oval slow cooker

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • frozen tater tots
  • bacon pieces
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • milk
  • salt and pepper
ingredients shown: frozen tater tots
bacon pieces
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
shredded cheddar cheese
milk.

HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT CHICKEN TATER TOT CASSEROLE:

Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray

spraying a black oval slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

Layer half of the frozen tater tots on the bottom of the slow cooker.

layering the bottom of a slow cooker with tater tots.

Sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon pieces.

sprinkled bacon pieces on top of tater tots.

Now top with 1/3 of the shredded cheese.

shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled on top of layers in slow cooker.

Add diced chicken on top. Season with salt and pepper. Note: This is a good place to add your favorite seasonings. I think Cajun or blackened seasoning work well.

layer raw, diced chicken breasts on top of cheese, bacon and frozen tater tots.

Now add 1/3 of the bacon pieces and another 1/3 of shredded cheese. Put the rest of the frozen tater tots on top. Finish with the remaining 1/3 cheddar cheese and remaining 1/3 of bacon pieces.

final layer of chicken breasts, tater tots, shredded cheddar cheese and bacon pieces.

Pour 3/4 cup milk all over the top.

pouring milk over tater tot casserole in a slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low about 4-6 hours. Please note: Some slow cookers run at different temperatures. If you are using an older slow cooker (older than about 6 years old), your cooking time may take longer. Newer models run a bit hotter so keep an eye on this around the 4 hour mark. You want to make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly (to 165F degrees.)

covered oval slow cooker with chicken tater tot casserole ingredients inside.

Look at all that cheesy goodness on top. Serve with your favorite veggies and a fresh, green salad.

spoonful of finished Crock Pot Chicken Casserole.

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Crock Pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole recipe

Crock Pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole (+Video)

This Crock Pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is a family favorite. Tater tots, cheese, chicken and bacon. A whole meal in one!
4.81 from 72 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Layer half of the frozen tater tots on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon pieces.
  • Now top with 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  • Add diced chicken on top and season the chicken with salt and pepper and any of your other favorite seasoning.
  • Now add 1/3 of the bacon pieces and another 1/3 of shredded cheese.
  • Put the rest of the frozen tater tots on top.
  • Finish with the remaining 1/3 cheddar cheese and remaining 1/3 of bacon pieces.
  • Pour 3/4 cup milk all over the top.
  • Cover and cook on low about 4-6 hours. Then serve.

Video

Notes

  • To make in the oven: spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Then layer ingredients into baking dish. Don’t add the milk. Cover and bake at 350F degrees for about an hour to an hour and a half.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Leftovers can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 31g | Sodium: 1407mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: July 2012
Updated & republished: February 2020

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  1. 5 stars
    My dad and used to make this together years ago and he passed away and now I make this for my fiancé. I made it for him for the first time 3 years ago and he loves it and requests it about once a month. So this recipe hold a special place in my heart, thank you <3

  2. Could you use chicken broth instead of milk? I’m reading that the milk might curdle. However, with all the positive comments this must not be a problem.
    Thank you
    Becky

  3. Is the milk added in for a creamy mix or does it help break down the chicken? I only ask cause I often substitute butter milk for regular milk in recipes and the check comes out great! Thoughts?

  4. 5 stars
    This has been a family favorite for a few years now. We always add onion powder and garlic powder to every layer as well because of family preference, but it’s amazing as is too

  5. 5 stars
    To make this a freezer meal do I have to cook this prior to putting it in the freezer ? Or can I layer it up in a baking dish raw and cover it and then freeze it?

    1. You could try but I wouldn’t recommend it. The problem you can have is when there is so much, the bottom might begin to burn while waiting for the stuff on top to finish cooking. You’re much better off borrowing another person’s crock pot and just making two pots of it.

  6. I have an Instant Pot, not a Crock Pot. Is it the same cook time in the Instant Pot slow cooking setting? Or are any adjustments needed? This looks delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve had this recipe saved since 2015 🙂 We had a long time ago and loved it, so I found it again and it’s in the crockpot right now. It should be high for four hours. Otherwise, it’s delicious and we love it!

  8. I made this recipe for the second time today, but I didn’t have any bacon or cheddar cheese on hand. What I *did* have though, was some sliced deli ham and some shredded swiss. So, I turned it into an impromptu chicken cordon bleu. I coated my chicken in some honey mustard sauce before adding it to the crock pot, and it added a nice flavor throughout. Everything else, I kept the same. I still may go back to the original recipe on occasion, but the newer twist was a hit, too.