Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Tator Tot Casserole

Sometimes you just want something comforting and not necessarily healthy...and for us tator tot casserole usually does the trick. I make a few different variations but I like this one because even though its extra cheesy, all that broccoli makes up for it, right?

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Tator Tot Casserole

1 - 26 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup nacho cheese sauce (I like Tostito's brand Salsa con Queso)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 Tbsp. hot sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
6 cups ( 2 -12 oz. bags) frozen broccoli cuts
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 bag frozen tator tots


1. In a large pot, combine cream of chicken soup, queso, milk, hot sauce and spices over medium heat. Bring to a low simmer and add 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese; continue stirring until melted. Add broccoli, stir to combine, and let simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chicken.

2. Pour broccoli mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. Place tator tots in a single layer on top of the broccoli mixture (you probably will only use about 3/4 of the bag). Top with remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.

*Notes: I made this last night, and even with the salsa con queso, hot sauce and chili powder, it wasn't spicy at all. But I've made it before and it had a little kick, so feel free to adjust those items to taste. Also, this works just as well if you mix the tator tots in with the broccoli, but I like putting them on top because they get crisper and hold their shape better.

1 comment:

C + J said...

OMG, TATER TOT CASSEROLE!!! What a flash back! My aunt used to make this for us when we were little. I remember liking it. Its one of the only dishes where I didn't fuss over the meat. haha!


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