Chicken pot pie tater tot casserole is a kid-friendly, family favorite dinner recipe that everyone loves! A creamy chicken and vegetable mixture gets topped with crispy tater tots and cheese. So delicious and a sure win for dinner time.
I *almost* did not post this recipe for chicken pot pie tater tot casserole. The pictures did not turn out like I wanted and I am a perfectionist when it comes to this blog of mine. I want to share recipes and pictures that make you want to eat it and run to the store to get the ingredients. This casserole recipe may not make you want to run to the store to get the things needed, but if you do try it, I promise it will be loved by all.
Since this blog is all about easy family food, whenever I make something that my kids willingly eat and even go for seconds of, I just have to post it on the blog and share it with you all. When the dinner table is quiet you know it’s a family favorite 🙂
This is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken or buy a Rotisserie chicken from Costco or Sam’s Club. I always get one when I go there so recipes like this one are my favorite because I can easily have dinner ready in a hurry thanks to the rotisserie chicken. Or leftover if that’s what you use.
Cook up some onion and seasonings in some butter on the stove top. Add chicken broth and cream cheese. The cream cheese is the secret ingredient. It makes the chicken pot pie filling SO creamy and delicious. Throw in your chicken and some frozen veggies and then dump it into the casserole dish.
Top it with the frozen mini tater tots and then cook it. You want to be sure and not crowd the tater tots. You want them all in a single layer on top so they can bake well and get crispy all around. If you are more patient than me, line up the tater tots nicely in a row and you will be able to fit more. My 1 year old was sad and teething so I just dumped the tater tots on top and spread them out as best as I could. Making sure that they were in a single layer on top.
Add some cheese on top after the cook time and stick it back in the oven until the cheese is melted. You will just love the creamy chicken filling and then those crispy, toasty tater tots and of course that melted cheese. It is so yummy and something that the kids will eat with no complaining.
Dinners that allow for a quiet dinner table are my favorite. Normally there is some whining and crying happening, mainly because I make my kids eat their food…… so to have a dinner that is quiet is like my sure sign that it’s a winner.
Tips for making chicken pot pie tater tot casserole
- To make this dinner even faster to prepare, use some leftover chunked or shredded chicken or a rotisserie chicken. You will need 3 cups of chicken for this recipe.
- The recipe calls for the mini tater tots because I have found that they cook quicker and more evenly, which ensures that you will have crispy tater tots on top. I don’t believe the off brands make the mini sized tots. I always buy the Ora Ida brand of mini tater tots. If you use the larger, regular size then you may need to increase the cook time slightly to make sure they’re cooked through.
- The Montreal chicken seasoning adds great flavor. No other salt or seasoning is necessary! It’s very easy to find at the grocery store with the other spices. It’s made by McCormick brand.
Chicken Pot Pie Tater Tot Casserole
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Montreal chicken seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
- 4 oz cream cheese (1/2 of an 8 oz block)
- 3 cups diced or shredded chicken
- 1 bag (10 oz) steamables frozen mixed vegetables
- 1-2 cups shredded cheese
- 1 bag (28 oz) frozen mini tater tots
- Heat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet pan, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Once melted, add diced onion, Montreal chicken seasoning, and dried thyme. Cook 4-5 minutes until the onions are soft and transculent.
- Sprinkle flour over the onion and stir until a thick paste forms. Keep stirring for about 1 minute to cook the flour.
- While stirring with a whisk, add the can of chicken broth and stir until the clumps are gone and everything is combined. Heat to a low boil, while stirring constantly. It should only take about 2-3 minutes.
- Once thickened, add in the cream cheese and stir to combine. Add the cooked chicken and the bag of frozen vegetables. Stir to combine. Dump into the prepared baking dish.
- In a single layer, place tater tots on top of the pot pie mixture. Make sure the tater tots are not on top of each other. You just want one layer evenly across the top.
- Cook for 40-45 minutes or until the tater tots are brown and crispy and cooked through. Top with shredded cheese and place back in oven just for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
- Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. The pot pie filling will thicken back up and it will allow time for the casserole to cook down a bit.
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