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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 (FAQ’S)

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

This Crock Pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is a family favorite. Tater tots, cheese, chicken and bacon. A whole meal in one!
4.82 from 74 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

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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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293 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Tater tot casserole is a favorite here too! I like to use taco seasoning on the chicken (or ground beef or ground turkey or chicken) for a bit of a jazzy kick. It’s all good !

  2. 5 stars
    My whole family loves this recipe! I generally do not plan ahead, so I often bake this casserole in the oven because I’m short on time and don’t have 6 hours for the slow cooker. You can cook the chicken ahead of time, tho, so you don’t have to wait so long. I’ve made it both ways in the crock pot and as a casserole in the oven baking it at 350 degrees. It’s great either way!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made this a few times. Big hit with the kids and husband. Big hit with me cause it’s so easy!

  4. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe! I found we liked it with more chicken so we used 1.5-2 lbs of chicken. We also added a 1/2 cup of chopped onion and substituted garlic salt for regular salt.

  5. Wow!!! This would be perfect to cook for my cheese, chicken and bacon lovers in my family !! I’m adding and bookmarking this recipe for sure!! I love this site.

    1. 5 stars
      My sister has cooked this with hamburger meat n cream of mushroom soup in the oven & it’s awesome! She cooked the meat first n drained it then set the temp as the tater tot bag says. It turns out so good each time. So in my opinion you can use any type of meats. She also adds the cheese, bacon in layers…If you wanna try hamburger meat some time for your family. Hope you don’t mind me replying back to your fans! I mean no disrespect.
      I love your recipes

  6. I love this recipe really easy to make . I use the slow cooker so my question is if I want to double the recipe does the time change I usually do 4hrs have any body try to double the recipe for 8hrs?

    1. HI Tiffany! That is a really good question. I don’t see why not. As long as you are wrapping it really well before putting it into the freezer it should work. Then add on some additional cooking time since you’re cooking from frozen. If you try it, I’d love to know how it turns out!

      1. Would you recommend freezing in a freezer bag, and then dumping into the crock pot, or freezing in a baking dish, and then baking it? If so, how long would you bake it for, and what temperature?

      2. Hi Kathy, you could do it either way. If you decide to bake it, you’d have to play the timing by ear. I haven’t actually cooked it from frozen so I can’t actually say. My guess would be at 350f degrees for perhaps 45 minutes to an hour…

  7. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner and it was delish! The ONLY thing I did different was after cutting up the chicken I mixed it with a packet of dry ranch dressing to give it a little “oomph!” I omitted the salt and pepper. It was so good!

  8. 5 stars
    Hello,
    This is a family favorite and we’ve made it MANY times 🙂 Has anyone converted this for the Instant Pot? I’d love to be able to make it faster as I always forget how long it takes in the crock pot. Thank you in advance for your ideas!
    Amanda:)

  9. I’m wondering if you’ve ever added a package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix. I’m going to try this for the first time tonight and wondered if I might try it that way. Thanks!

  10. 5 stars
    Very good as is. The best part about this meal is how easy it was to prepare. Who doesn’t love a simple potatoes, chicken and cheese recipe that requires very little work and almost no time? As I said, the best part is how easy it is to make. Just dump everything into the crockpot and go. But, if I have more time the next time I prepare it, I’ll probably make a few additions. I’m thinking next time I’ll add green onions, ranch powder, cubed cream cheese and maybe some sour cream! Overall, great recipe for those busy days/nights.

  11. Hello! This recipe looks wonderful. I will be making it on Sunday. I was wondering can I add a can of cream of chicken and a dollop of sour cream to the milk? Also, could I use ham instead of bacon?

    1. You can substitute ham 4 bacon but it wont be as smokie tasting.& if you add the cr chicken soup may change consistency a bit. BUT YOUR WAY SOUNDS GOOD TOO!

  12. Hi everyone I have a dilemma, so i want to make this now and i realized that I don’t have milk so my question is: Can i substitute regular milk with evaporated milk instead? Please help????