Saturday, August 18, 2012

Healthier Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

cheesy chicken tater tot casserole with salad
I have to tell you that this really isn't a very healthy recipe. I did my best to make it healthier, but still.....well, sometimes you just have to indulge. This has been one of those weeks where I've been run down, tired and overworked. You know the feeling. I could tell my body was also trying to fight off whatever bug is going around giving everyone a cold. I needed some easy comfort food. We also had some nice October weather right in the middle of August, so I knew it was a good time to try a recipe I found on Pinterest: Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole (Slow Cooker) from The Country Cook. You can also find it on

I have a weird relationship with tater tots. I remember we were served them quite frequently as part of our hot lunches in school. All of my classmates loved them, especially dipped in ketchup. Me, I'd rather have fries. I never cared for tater tots until I met my husband and his mom introduced me to Tater Tot Hot Dish (a recipe similar to this one, but I will post the "official" recipe at a future date). This was tater tots in a completely different format and I loved them that way! Still.....As much as I love tater tot casseroles and such, I would rather have fries with my ketchup.

Back to this recipe. I had to put my own somewhat healthier spin on this amazing dish. First of all, I cut the tater tots in half. This reduced the carbs and increased the protein per serving. I also used organic tater tots (Cascadian Farms Spud Puppies) and uncured, no-added-nitrate bacon (Applegate Farms). I cooked the bacon until crisp and drained the grease. I figured I would share this recipe because it is appropriate for fructose malabsorption. Meat, potatoes, cheese....nothing there that doesn't work for me! I can tell you I will be making this recipe in the autumn and winter months to come.

Quick Note about the Cascadian Farms Spud Puppies: the ingredients lists apple juice as an ingredient used to promote browning. I was concerned about this due to my FructMal, but I figure it is the second to last ingredient on the list, so the amount is very minute. I do not have issues with them.

Healthier Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

cheesy chicken tater tot casserole with salad
serves 4


1 - 16 oz. bag frozen tater tots (Cascadian Farms Spud Puppies)
4 slices bacon (Applegate Farms), cooked crisp, drained and crumbled
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced (uncooked)
1 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
3/4 cup milk (lactose-free or non-dairy for low-FODMAP)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Layer half of the frozen tater tots on the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with a third of the bacon crumbles and a third of the cheese.
  3. Add diced chicken on top and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle with a third of the bacon crumbles and a third of the cheese.
  5. Add the remainder of the tater tots and sprinkle the remaining third bacon and cheese. Pour the 3/4 cup milk all over top
  6. Cook on low for four hours. Serve.


  1. I'm assuming the diced chicken is uncooked?

  2. Hi Catherine! Yes, the chicken is uncooked. I will update the recipe. Thanks for reading!

  3. do the tater tots get crispy or stay soft?

    1. I don't think they get too very crispy, but they aren't soggy!

  4. Replies
    1. Yes, this is gluten-free. Just make sure your ingredients are gluten-free, especially the tater tots. I believe Ore-Ida are gluten-free, as well as Cascadian Farms.

  5. Wow- I think I'm going to try this one tonight. looks so delicious.

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