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Monday, October 22, 2012

In The Slowcooker: Cheesy Chicken Tater Casserole

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With winter weather coming on now...I am on the hunt for some tasty new slow cooker meals to serve my family on chilly nights.  Last week I was reading my friend Gina's blog when I saw that she has posted a link to a recipe that was on her meal plan....Cheesy Chicken Tatertot Casserole. I was intrigued...plus it had 4 main ingredients that most families like...chicken, cheese, bacon & tatertots. Sounds good, right?

I made it for my family and everybody liked it and it disappeared fast. And I even heard, "What smells so good?" as people came through the door....that is always a good sign! Although the original recipe was for a very basic cheese, chicken, tatertot & bacon mixture, I also added in sliced mushrooms, green onion and leeks to add some veggie to the dish and also because I know my family likes those veggies.

So here we go...

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts, cut in bite size pieces
1 large bag of tatertots
2-3 cups of shredded cheese {I used a bag of Mexican cheese mix}
6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
3/4 cup of  milk
Optional:
1 cup diced green onion
2 cups of sliced mushrooms
1 leek, sliced {white & light green parts only}

Directions:
1. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
2. Pour into half of tatertots. Sprinkle half mushrooms, leeks, green onions, bacon and cheese.
3. Layer chicken over veggies, bacon and cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Add remaining tatertots, mushrooms, leeks and cheese. Sprinkle with remaining bacon and green onion. Pour 3/4 cup milk over casserole. {Don't worry if casserole comes right to the top of the dish...it shrinks down while cooking.}
5. Cover casserole and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-7 hours.



I served this yummy casserole with carrots and a salad...and everyone left the table with happy tummies!  Thank you so much for the inspiration Gina!

This dish would be awesome to make up the night before and cook in the slowcooker on a work day to come home to at suppertime. Or to throw in on a busy Saturday or Sunday when you are away for the day with the kids' activities like hockey, football, soccer, etc.

Don't you love when you a try a new recipe and it goes over well? {Trust me...I have had my share of recipe fails too!}

What is your family's crockpot/slowcooker meal?

Here is another of our other favourite slowcooker meals:






20 comments:

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I just bought a new crock pot after being "crockless" for years -- there is nothing like it for winter cooking! This looks absolutely wonderful!

Rustown Mom said...

So glad you liked it! I like 'tweaking' recipes, too and your version sounds great. I think the bacon is the secret ingredient that males people love this (:

Laura said...

This sounds yummy Angie and I'm all over how easy it is to throw together. My kind of meal! I'm intrigued by the leeks though...I only bought them for the first time a couple of weeks ago for the Butternut Squash Soup I was making but other than that I'm not really sure what to do with them. Do they need to be cooked first?

craftyles said...

Mmm, looks good. I'm always on the lookout for new crockpot recipes. Thanks!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This looks and sounds delicious, Angie! I am determined to use my crockpot more this year. I usually just make chili, but I've already made four different meals in the crockpot and so far, so good. : ) I'm adding this to the list to try.

annabell@MapleRidgeFarmGirl said...

Looks just DELISH!!! I am making this next week. Happy Autumn!!
~~~~~Annabell ;)

Alli said...

This sounds heavenly! I'm thinking it's going to go into the meal planner for our "have to try this" recipe. Can't wait to try it!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

This recipe looks so delicious and I wish I could make it, but my husband is allergic to chicken! Years ago, I used to make a Tatertot casserole with ground beef. I think I could adapt your recipe.

Cindy said...

That sounds wonderful, I wonder if I could just use cut up potatoes in place of tater-tots, I don't need the calories that they add. It would probably be fine.
I was meaning to put a crock pot mac and cheese recipe that I found on Pinterest and forgot to, but I hope to do that tomorrow.
I will pin this recipe today and thanks so much for it.
Hugs, Cindy

J's mom said...

I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early :) Thanks, Peggy. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-5-linky-parties-are-back.html

chris said...

This looks yummy! I think my kids would love it. Thanks for sharing.

Becca Acker said...

Found your yummy post via Tatertots and Jello. This looks really really good! I've had tatertot casserole with hamburger before, but never chicken. Gonna have to pin this! :)

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Christine said...

Angie, that looks DELICIOUS!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

Kim said...

Probably a silly question, but: should the chicken be pre-cooked?

megan {homemade ginger} said...

Yum! I wouldn't mind coming home to this in in the crockpot!
I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I know my family would like it too. They love chicken casseroles.

Julie said...

oh yummy! This has been pinned and I will be making it sometime soon. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Chef in Training and now following via GFC. I'd love for you to stop by sometime, check out my blog and link up to my party!

Have a great evening!

Julie
www.thisgalcooks.com

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Looks so yummy!
Love the colours.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

Oh yum! Looks like a fabulous hearty meal that every one in the family would enjoy.

Jocelyn said...

What a great and easy comfort meal!!! Gotta love crock pot meals that turn out delicious!!!

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