Maddy goes through phases of eating one thing and one thing only. I know she is only four, but I thought I’d never get her to quit asking for broccoli at every meal (I know, I know…. I shouldn’t be complaining because she’s eating veggies and asking for them, but you didn’t have to eat broccoli for lunch and dinner for 4 months!). Recently she has wanted tater tots with everything. When her daddy takes her to preschool every morning she wants him to stop at a local diner and get her some tater tots. When I pick her up from school she wants me to take her to Sonic to get tater tots. She doesn’t always get the tater tots, but she sure is persistent in her asking. Tonight I decided that I would try my hand at tater tots in the crock pot. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I wasn’t making it into a casserole (I just don’t like using the canned “cream of” soups in everything all the time…. every once in a while is fine, just not all the time). I had remembered seeing a fellow foodie blogger make a cream of soup free tater tot concoction in a crock pot before so I thought I’d try it too (Brandie, you ROCK!), This crock pot chicken and cheese tater tot bake was so delicious!!!! It only took like 3 minutes to throw it together and about 3 minutes to be devoured. We will definitely be having this again.
Here is how I did it: Ingredients:
- 32 ounce bag of frozen tater tots
- 16 ounce bag of frozen grilled chicken breast strips
- 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
- 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- Spray a 4 – 6 quart crock pot with non-stick cooking spray (or use a slow cooker liner as I did).
- Place half of the tater tots in an even layer in the bottom of the crockery.
- Spread half of the chicken in an even layer over the tater tots.
- Use half of the salt and pepper to season this layer.
- Add half of the cheese evenly over top of seasoned chicken.
- Repeat steps 2 – 5.
- Pour the can of evaporated milk evenly over top of layers.
- Place lid on crock pot and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or on high for 3 – 4 hours.
- Serve warm.