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Cream of Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

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Looking for a delicious and simple recipe to add to your side dish menu? Look no further than the BEST cream of chicken tater tot casserole you’ve ever tasted!

This casserole recipe is a traditional family favorite that is sure to please everyone’s palate. This meal is the ultimate in classic comfort food, with its creamy sauce and gratifying tater tots. 

Whether you’re cooking for a family gathering or just looking for a delicious and satisfying no-meat meal or filling side dish, this cream of chicken tater tot casserole is sure to be a hit.

completely filling tater tot casserole with a load of potatoes and cream of chicken soup, traditional classic casserole

So why wait? Try it out for yourself and see just what a delicious recipe this is!

Why you will love making Creamy Tater Tot Casserole

Tater tot casserole is a versatile and easy-to-make side dish that complements a wide range of main courses. With its cheesy and filling potato goodness, it’s a classic and kid-friendly meal that can also be customized with vegetable toppings for a more adult twist.

Plus, it’s travel-friendly and can be baked and stored in a covered dish. Whether you’re serving a large family or a party, this timeless dish is sure to satisfy.

With a layer of tater tots, creamy soup, sour cream, and topped with fried onions, this recipe is a great side dish to feed a hungry family or as a seasonal potluck idea.

Because there is no inherently strong spices, this dish is a traditional, classic and basic meal that kids tend to eat up and can be spiced up with veggie toppings for the adults – making it versatile as well.

 Casserole Ingredients

  • tater tots, frozen
  • sour cream
  • cream of chicken soup
  • shredded cheese
  • French fried onions
  • Optional toppings: chopped fresh tomatoes and chopped fresh parsley  

How to Make Tater Tot Casserole with Cream of Chicken Soup.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Place frozen tater tots on the bottom of the oven-safe casserole dish in one layer (or as much as possible, a little overlapping won’t change the recipe) and set the baking dish aside.
add layer of tater tots on the bottom of a casserole dish for a filling and simple casserole recipe
  1. In a mixing bowl, add sour cream, cream soup, and cheese. Optionally season with black pepper. Mix all ingredients well.
  2. Spread the cream of chicken soup and sour cream mixture on top of the layer of frozen potato tots.
cream of chicken soup with sour cream and cheddar cheese is the tater tot topping
  1. Generously top the whole thing with French fried onions (or one of the alternative toppings listed).
  2. Bake tater tot casserole for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly on the edges and warmed through.
  3. Remove from oven and top with chopped fresh tomatoes, green onions, and fresh parsley before serving as a side dish to your favorite meal.
Loads of french fried onions on top of baked tater tot casserole right out of the oven

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Alterations

French Fried Onions are a classic and flavorful topping for casseroles, but if you don’t have them, don’t worry. You can try other ingredients like crushed potato chips, croutons, or even Rice Krispies cereal for that desirable crunch.

For more toppings on your tater tot casserole, bacon bits, diced tomatoes, avocado, and parsley can elevate the dish’s presentation and taste and make it a complete meal.

While the recipe calls for cream of chicken soup, you can also add freshly cut onions for more depth of flavor.

To make a heartier dinner, you can turn this casserole into a Cowboy Tater Tot Casserole by adding a pound of cooked lean ground beef and substituting cream of mushroom for the soup.

If you want more seasonings, consider adding garlic powder, onion powder, freshly cracked pepper, and sea salt for extra taste.

What cream of soups go best with tater tot hot dish? 

There are various different types of cream-based soups that can be used as a base for hearty casseroles. Here are some popular choices and alternatives:

Cream of mushroom soup is a traditional topping for tater tot casserole. The earthy flavor of the mushrooms complements the creamy texture of the soup, making it an ideal accompaniment to the potato and cheese in the casserole.

Cream of chicken soup: Another popular option, cream of chicken soup gives the baked chicken recipe a slight chicken taste while still providing a creamy base. It’s a versatile alternative that complements a wide range of toppings and mix-ins.

Cream of celery soup: Because it has a softer flavor than cream of mushroom or cream of chicken, this soup is a wonderful choice if you want the other ingredients in the casserole to shine. It retains a creamy texture and a mild vegetable flavor.

Cheddar cheese soup: A terrific way to add more cheese to your tater tot casserole is to make cheddar cheese soup. It has a creamy, cheesy flavor that pairs well with the potatoes and can be used in place of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup.

Is tater tot casserole the same thing as Funeral Potatoes?

It has very similar ingredients but “funeral potatoes” typically use hash browns as the base and cornflakes as the top layer.

scoopable tater tater tot casserole is so creamy, this one shows a huge scoop out of the dish

What are some variations of tater tot casserole?

Some variations of tater tot casserole include adding vegetables like green beans, broccoli, or corn, using different types of cheese, adding in spices like garlic powder or onion powder, or substituting cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken soup.

Can tater tot hot dish be made ahead of time?

Yes, tater tot casserole can be assembled ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to bake. This makes it a great option for meal prep or for entertaining guests.

How long does it take to bake cream of chicken tater tot casserole?

Tater tot casserole typically takes 35-45 minutes to bake in a 350-degree oven or until the tater tots are golden brown and crispy.

top tater tot casserole with tomatoes and parsley for color

Easy Casserole Side Dish Recipes

You can find a variety of casserole recipes here, but here are a few of my favorites:

Check out whole green bean casserole, cauliflower casserole, twice baked potato casserole with bacon, zucchini and tomato casserole and Ritz cracker chicken casserole (a family meal!).

If you are reading this recipe in the fall, a few seasonal favorites for your holiday menus are french style green bean casserole and corn casserole. Yum!

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Cream of Chicken Tater Tot Casserole


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Looking for the BEST tater tot casserole recipe that is both filling and delicious? Try this creamy tater tot casserole with cream of chicken soup and French Fried onions! Made with traditional ingredients like canned soup and tater tots, this casserole recipe is both tasty and comforting. You can even swap out the Cream of Chicken for other cream-based soups to mix up the flavors. Take this dish to the next level by adding cooked proteins such as sausage, hamburger, or chicken to create a complete meal. With its inviting, warm, savory, and hearty flavors, this Southern tater tot casserole is sure to satisfy your cravings. So why not indulge in this classic side dish today?

Ingredients
 

  • 32 oz. tater tots frozen
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 6 oz. French fried onions

Optional Toppings

  • chopped fresh tomatoes
  • chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 pan.
  • Place frozen tater tots on the bottom of the pan with minimal to no overlap and set baking dish aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add sour cream, cream of chicken soup and shredded cheddar cheese. Mix all ingredients together well.
  • Spread soup mixture on top of tater tots and top with French fried onions.
  • Bake tater tot casserole for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and hot on the edges.
  • Remove tater tot casserole from oven and top with chopped fresh tomatoes and parsley before serving.

Notes

Please see full article for alteration and topping ideas for this casserole dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 696mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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