• Prep Time: 10 MINS
  • Cooking Time: 50 MINS
  • Serves: 8

Chicken Pot Tater Tot Hotdish

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 Ingredients List

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose seasoning (salt-free)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 2 cups milk (or half and half)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/4 cups cooked shredded chicken (or turkey!)
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag pearl onions, defrosted
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag crinkle cut carrots, defrosted
  • 1 cup peas, defrosted
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1- 1 1/2 (18-ounce) bag frozen tater tots (see notes)


BROWN THE VEGGIES: Melt the butter in a 4-quart dutch oven (use oven-safe if you don’t want to transfer to a casserole dish) over high heat. Add the mushrooms and allow them to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the celery and let it cook for about 3 minutes or until slightly softened. Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir to coat evenly. You’ll notice it starts getting dry and crumbly, let cook 1 minute. Season with the dried thyme, all-purpose seasoning, and garlic powder (if using).

MAKE THE BASE: slowly stream in the milk while you use a whisk with the other hand to work out any lumps. Add the chicken broth and allow the soup to reach a simmer, this will take 8-12 minutes. While the soup reaches a simmer, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425ºF. Once the soup reaches a simmer, add the shredded chicken, onions, crinkle cut carrots, and peas. Stir and allow the mixture to come back to a simmer.

BAKE: Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer the prepared chicken mixture to the dish. Top with the shredded cheese and the tater tots. You’ll need more if you’re using a baking dish and less if you’re using a dutch oven. Bake for 27-32 minutes or until the tots get nice and golden brown. I like to turn the broiler on for the last 1-2 minutes just to give them a little more of a crisper texture. Let cool slightly before serving.

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