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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Crock Pot Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Tater Tot Casserole


I'm constantly trying to accomplish a few things. 1.) Use what I have on hand without going to the store, 2.) Have something quick and easy that will feed the entire family for supper, 3.) Do as few dishes as possible and 4.) Spend as much time in the evenings as a family doing fun things now that it's gotten busier.

This crock pot chicken, broccoli and cheese tater tot casserole helps to accomplish all of those things. It's truly a one pot wonder that makes all of my listed accomplishments possible.

Here is how I made it happen:

                                     
  • 10 3/4 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 oz. can of chicken breast chunks, drained
  • 10 or 11 oz. package frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained
  • regular size bag (28 - 32 oz.) of frozen tater tots (I used crispy crowns--same thing, just smaller in size)


Mix the soup, milk and seasoning in a large mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of  the cheese, the chicken and broccoli and stir to incorporate. You can now add the tater tots and stir. Make sure that all the tater tots are coated with the mixture and incorporated well.






Line a 3 - 4 quart crock pot with aluminum foil. Just because this has a lot of cheese and I wanted an easy clean up I also used a slow cooker liner. Pour the mixture into the lined crock pot.  Place folded paper towels on top of the crock pot and secure with the lid. This will keep the extra condensation from the lid during the cooking process from watering down the dish.

Cook on low for 5 - 6 hours or on high for 3 - 3 1/2 hours.


Around 15 - 30 minutes before the end of cook time sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top. This will melt the cheese nicely. If you turn the crock pot off and remove the crockery (if yours has a removable crock) the casserole will start to cool down and set faster. It stinks when someone burns their tongue and/ or roof of their mouth (jus' sayin').


Serve with your favorite veggie or side salad. It can even be served alone.

NOTE: You could substitute ingredients easily for this casserole. You could use a cheddar cheese soup or your families favorite 'cream of" soup in place of the cream of chicken. You could also use chopped broccoli instead of florets. For that matter you could use green beans or even mixed veggies. If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken or baked chicken you could use 1 1/3 cups of it cut into bite sized pieces in place of the canned chicken.

It's also very important that you use the canned evaporated milk. Since different models of slow cookers run at different temperatures you don't want to chance using real milk and it curdling.



Crock Pot Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Tater Tot Casserole

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8 comments:

  1. I'm fascinated by this. It's similar to something I've made without a crockpot.
    I live in fear of ever putting broccoli in my crockpot. I did that once, early-on as a new crock owner. I just remember opening the door to my house and thinking "what died in here?" before I realized it was the recipe I had tried to adapt to slow-cooking.
    Does it smell ok?

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  2. My peeps definitely thought it smelled delicious. As a matter of fact, they enjoyed it so much they asked if I would make it again tonight for supper LOL

    The funny thing is my family is a ketchup loving family too. This dish tasted so good that not one person asked for ketchup to passed to them. This casserole was a HUGE hit!

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  3. I think my family would love this recipe...I have 3 little ones. I don't use my crock pot nearly enough and didn't even know about crock pot liners?!!! So glad I stopped by!

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  4. Sounds awesome! You have a great set up here and I will surely be visiting again. Found you at MIYMM.

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  5. This looks awesome! I shared this recipe on my blog post Must Try Tuesday.

    http://therickettchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/06/must-try-tuesday-june-21-2011.html

    Thanks for sharing!

    Wende

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  6. I want to try this recipe.....however I am not very good at adjusting measurements. I have the 6qt cooker......how do I change it?

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  7. Thanks for all the great, positive feed back y'all. I know once you try it you'll love it as much as my family does.

    @Cltmom95: You should be able to easily double it. The cook time would remain very close to the same. Start checking for doneness at the earliest cook time for the temperature you're using though.

    Keep on cROCKin' y'all!

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  8. This sounds like just what I've been looking for! Awesome website - I love cooking but I hate cooking on the stove top (even when I do have the time)! Will def be returning!

    :)

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