Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Ranch Tater Tot Casserole

Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Ranch Tater Tot Casserole {CrockPotLadies.com}

Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Ranch Tater Tot Casserole

This recipe is one of my kids favorites and something I make, oh, about once a month. Even Parker my “I hate casseroles” kid is fond of this one as long as I don’t mention the word casserole.

Kids are weird like that aren’t they?

You can easily toss this recipe together in the morning and have it cooking and ready to go by dinner time. One of the ways I save time and money on a recipe like this is prepare ahead of time. When boneless skinless chicken breasts go on sale, I pick up a couple extra packages, bring them home, cut them up into bite sized pieces and freeze in freezer zipper bags.

The same concept applies to when bacon is on sale – buy a few extra packages, cook it up, crumble it and freeze it.

Then I have chicken ready for soups, casseroles, stir-fry’s and other dishes and the bacon is ready to top baked potatoes, sprinkle on soups (like our Bacon & Bean Soup) or on salads instead of of fake baco’ bits that are not even real bacon…yulk!

> Try our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix in this recipe! <

I like to serve this casserole with a nice healthy green salad on the side but any sort of steamed veggies would do too.

Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Ranch Tater Tot Casserole

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Ranch Tater Tot Casserole

This family friendly recipe for Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Ranch Tater Tot Casserole is a favorite with my children and something they could gobble up any night of the week.

Ingredients

1 (1 oz.) packet ranch dressing mix (or equivalent homemade
1 cup milk
1 (32 oz.) package frozen tater tots (we like Ore Ida brand)
8 slices thick cut bacon, browned and crumbled
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces (raw)

Instructions

  1. Spray the bottom and sides of a 5 - 6 quart crock-pot with non-stick cooking spray (or use a crock-pot liner)
  2. Mix ranch dressing mix into cup of milk and stir with a fork until combined, set aside.
  3. Layer half of the frozen tater tots in the bottom of crockpot.
  4. Sprinkle tater tot layer with 1/3 of the cheddar cheese.
  5. Sprinkle cheese layer with 1/3 of the crumbled and cooked bacon.
  6. Sprinkle bacon layer with cut up chicken pieces.
  7. Layer cheese, then bacon, then the remaining tater tots.
  8. Sprinkle final layer of tater tots with cheese and bacon.
  9. Give milk and ranch dressing mix one last stir and then pour over layers in the slow cooker.
  10. Cover and cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH 3 to 4 hours until chicken is cooked through.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
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Comments

  1. says

    I made this a couple weeks ago and my Grandkids loved it, even the picky ones. I put diced onions slightly fried in butter. I made them very small so the kids wouldn’t know. Of course my picky one found one his first bite and asked what it was. I told a little “White Lie” and said, “It was a squished Tator Tot”. He said, “Oh, okay” and chowed down loving it. I’m going to make it today using a whole chicken that I boiled yesterday for chicken & noodles using the chicken that I am taking off of the bone. I will only cook this for a few hours on Low since the chicken is already cooked. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  2. Kelly says

    Do you use frozen chicken breast pieces when you make this? Obviously the Tater tots are frozen but based on your intro, I am thinking the chicken you use is frozen as well. Just want to be sure.
    Thanks!

    • says

      You can make this one with either frozen or thawed chicken. I usually thaw my freezer bag of chicken overnight on a plate in the fridge which will make it partially thawed so that I can break up the chicken and it is not all in one big clump when I add it to the crock-pot.

  3. Tracy says

    This is probably a dumb question but do you think I could mix some broccoli in with this? I thought about serving it on the side but I like broccoli better when it cooks with other foods so it picks up a bit of the flavor. I’m not sure if another vegetable would go better, my kids are getting tired of green beans and peas as a side dish.

  4. Kylie says

    Is this freezable? If so are there any steps needed to take in order to do so? This sounds incredible and I would really like to make it easy for my other half to just pop out and start cooking for the night.

  5. Laura says

    Hi, I don’t see a crock pot anywhere that has a setting of low for 6 hours. It’s either 4-6 on high or 8-10 on low. Can I cook it on 8 hour low? And check it at 6 hours?

    I’m gone about 10-11 hours a day so it’s really hard to find recipes that will cook that long. Even when it switches to warm, the meat usually dries out. :(

    • says

      All of the crock-pots I have that are programmable allow you to set both the temperature and time. So yes, you can cook it on low for 6 hours. If your slow cooker does not have that programming or you are working with a manual crock-pot you can just check it at the 6 hour mark.

  6. Judi says

    I’m always worried when I make chicken because I dry it out to prevent it from not being cooked enough. I know this calls for raw chicken but have you tried rotisserie chicken? I imagine that would make it really dry though???? Recipe sounds great!

  7. Kimberly says

    I’m so excited to try this tonight for supper!! I love all your recipes. We used to eat out a lot because my husband and I both work different shifts. My three pot slow cooker be came my life saver…oh and these great recipes to fill it! Thank you!

  8. Robyn says

    made this today and it was super simple. I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon. I cooked for 5.5 hours on low and the bottom layer was a little burnt so I will cook for 5 hours next time. Also it didn’t taste very ranchy so I would probably add some more ranch next time. Overall super tasty

  9. Robyn says

    made this today and it was super simple. I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon. I cooked for 5.5 hours on low and the bottom layer was a little burnt so I will cook for 5 hours next time. Also it didn’t taste very ranchy so I would probably add some more ranch next time. Overall super tasty

  10. says

    I just dropped this in the crock pot my 30 year old son works 2nd shit and always stops at my house on the way home to eat when he finishes work he loves casseroles so thought I would give is a try since it is so easy however I changed it up a bit didn’t have powdered buttermilk so I used a cup of fresh buttermilk instead of the reg milk and added the spices from the homemade ranch recipes tasted great will let you know if it ends up a success…

    • says

      Oh no Lora, I am sorry yours came out so salty. I think it really depends on the salt content of the ingredients you use. Some tater tots for example are already pre-seasoned with a lot of salt, while some brands are not. I am glad your son loved the recipe still!

  11. April says

    Lady Heidi, I don’t know if you came up with this but it is amazing I made it tonight and it is just amazing. Biggest hit in my house for a long time. Thank you so much for sharing it :)

    • says

      Thanks April for dropping by and letting us know that your family enjoyed the recipe! Totally makes my day when our readers let us know how much they love them.

    • says

      Hi Cindy, the tots on the top get a bit crunchy while the tots in the middle of the casserole are still tender. If you want a bit more crunch you could toss the casserole in the crock part only of your slow cooker (without lid and only if your crock is oven safe) in a 350 degree oven for about 15 – 20 minutes and that should crisp up the tater tots a bit more.

  12. Sharon says

    I tried this and made a few alterations and my family loved it. I used slightly less cheese and bacon, but added some frozen broccoli! It made it almost like a loaded baked potato (and I felt better about eating it because it had a veggie :) )

  13. Selby says

    Made this today, my boyfriend and I loved it! We actually think this would be an awesome breakfast side (came out similar to loaded hashbrowns). Might try to replace the chicken with sausage, make some eggs and have it for brunch :)

    • says

      Hi Pat, I am sorry yours came out so salty. I know taste buds differ from person to person but the only added salt on this dish would have come from the ranch dressing mix and bacon. I am wondering did you happen to use pre-seasoned tater tots? Those can be super salty to me and I used plain unseasoned tater tots in this recipe.

  14. Judy says

    Can this be made the night before, refrigerated in the crockpot,, and then cooked in the crockpot the next day?

    • says

      Hi Judy, great question! And to be honest I am not too sure. My worry with doing it that way is that the tater tots will thaw out. And thus will more than likely turn to mush when you got to cook it. However, since I have not tested it the way you suggest I cannot offer advice for sure if it can be done.

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