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Satisfying Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

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Dive into comfort with this irresistible Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole. Packed with tender rotisserie chicken, hearty mixed vegetables, and crispy tater tots, all smothered in a creamy, cheesy sauce, this dish is a crowd-pleaser that will have everyone coming back for seconds. Perfect for busy weeknights or potluck gatherings, this easy-to-make casserole is sure to become a family favorite.

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed to room temperature
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 (28 ounce) package frozen tater tots

Instructions:

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  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
  2. Combine Chicken and Vegetables: In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded rotisserie chicken and thawed mixed vegetables. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Make Creamy Sauce: In another bowl, whisk together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, milk, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, dried basil, and black pepper until well combined.
  4. Pour Sauce Over Chicken and Vegetables: Pour the creamy sauce mixture over the chicken and vegetables in the baking dish, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  5. Add Cheese: Sprinkle the shredded Colby Jack cheese over the top of the casserole, covering it evenly.
  6. Top with Tater Tots: Arrange the frozen tater tots in a single layer over the cheese, covering the entire surface of the casserole.
  7. Bake: Place the casserole in the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the tater tots are golden brown and crispy, and the filling is bubbly and heated through.
  8. Serve: Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
  9. Enjoy: Serve the Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole hot, and enjoy the creamy, cheesy goodness with every spoonful.

Cook’s Tips and Variations:

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  • Customize with Your Favorite Vegetables: Feel free to use your favorite vegetables in this casserole. Broccoli, peas, carrots, or corn would all work well.
  • Add a Kick: For a spicy twist, add a dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes to the creamy sauce mixture.
  • Make it Gluten-Free: Use a gluten-free cream of chicken soup and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free to make this casserole suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

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Q: Can I use cooked chicken breast instead of rotisserie chicken? A: Yes, you can use cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced, as a substitute for rotisserie chicken in this recipe.

Q: Can I make this casserole ahead of time? A: Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it, covered, until ready to bake. Simply add a few extra minutes to the baking time if the casserole is cold from the refrigerator.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers? A: Yes, you can freeze leftovers of this casserole. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer individual portions to airtight containers or freezer-safe bags. Label with the date and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food experience with this Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole. With its creamy sauce, tender chicken, colorful vegetables, and crispy tater tots, it’s a hearty and satisfying dish that will please the whole family. Whether served for dinner or enjoyed as leftovers the next day, this casserole is a delicious way to bring everyone together around the table. Give it a try and savor the cozy goodness of homemade comfort food

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