TATER TOT CASSEROLE (CHICKEN POT PIE VERSION)
Your family will love this tater tot casserole with a chicken pot pie twist! Who can resist crispy tater tot nuggets and melted cheese?! And it's a great dinner recipe to use up a rotisserie chicken which makes it so quick to prepare.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE TATER TOT CASSEROLE
Onion - Use any type you want. I normally always have yellow onions in my kitchen so that's what I use.
Dried Thyme & Montreal Chicken Seasoning - The Montreal chicken seasoning can be found by the other spices at the store. If you can't find it for some reason just use salt & pepper.
All-Purpose Flour - This thickens the chicken pot pie mixture. Use a gluten-free or almond flour if needed.
Chicken Broth - You can use the regular chicken broth or the reduced-sodium chicken broth. I prefer to use low-sodium so the casserole is not too salty. But it's all up to personal salt preference.
Shredded Chicken - Use leftover chicken, a rotisserie chicken, or bake some up in the oven or slow cooker.
Steamable Frozen Mixed Vegetables - Use any kind you want. I normally like to do a corn, peas, carrot mix. Cook these in the microwave according to package instructions before adding them to the chicken pot pie if you want soft veggies. This is what I do.
Frozen Tater Tots
MY TIPS & HELPFUL HINTS
- I almost always use a rotisserie chicken for this tater tot casserole recipe because it makes it quick & easy to prepare. I get a rotisserie chicken from Costco and it's enough for the amount of chicken needed for the recipe.
- The recipe calls for mini tater tots because I have found that they cook quicker and more evenly, which ensures that you will get crispy tater tots on the top. I have only ever seen the mini tater tots in the Ora Ida brand. Feel free to use the non-mini tater tots but increase the cook time slightly.
- Montreal chicken seasoning adds great flavor. It's from the McCormick brand and you will find it by the other seasonings and spices at the grocery store.
TRY THESE OTHER CHICKEN POT PIE RECIPES
Chicken Pot Pie Soup - So creamy and packed full of all the things you love about chicken pot pie but without the pie crust. Chunks of chicken, peas, carrots, in a creamy chicken broth base.
Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Biscuit Casserole - Creamy chicken pot pie topped with buttery, flakey biscuits and parmesan cheese.
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie - An easy version made in the slow cooker! This recipe uses convenient ingredients like canned biscuits, cream of chicken soup, and lots of veggies for a simple slow cooker version of the classic.
Chicken Pot Pie Tater Tot Casserole
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Montreal chicken seasoning
- ½ 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° 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 cool down a bit.