Before I get into this blog post, I must apologize for the horrendous pictures. I am still learning how to use my camera, and the white chicken in this dish completely didn’t turn out correctly. Oh well, I’m learning.
There are some days when my children surprise me. Yesterday was one of those days. I had thawed a bag of chicken to be used for dinner, but completely forgot to put it in the crockpot before I left for work. When my husband called me to ask what needed to be done with the chicken, I scrambled to think of what we could do with the chicken once we got home. He suggested that I call the kids and have them put together their favorite crockpot recipe. I was very leery about asking 2 teenagers to do anything while they are on Spring Break, much less asking them to COOK something. I decided I would call them later to see if they would be so kind as to prepare dinner for the family, fully expecting to hear groaning and complaining. To my surprise, I received a call from my son asking what he needed to do with the chicken. WHAT!? Could this be true? My husband had called my son to ask him to make dinner, and he said “yes.” I’m still shocked. After explaining that “slow cooker” and “crockpot” were exactly the same thing, he was ready to prepare dinner. He didn’t require any additional help.
I was very excited when I arrived home and, 1) my house was still in tact, 2) dinner was finished, 3) the teenagers had even folded some laundry. I felt like I had won the lottery!
If you are looking for a quick and simple dinner, this should be your go-to recipe. It is one of our favorites. One important note about this is that it only requires 4-5 hours of cooking time on low, and it won’t last long if you leave it on warm after it is done. It dries out quickly.
p.s. This recipe is “naturally” gluten free
p.p.s. My kids really didn’t fold any of the laundry. My mom stopped by for lunch and decided to do me a favor. Thanks mom!
Cheesy Chicken and Potato Casserole for the Slow Cooker
1 bag frozen tater tots (32 ounces)
1/3 cup bacon pieces
4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (thawed, diced, uncooked)
2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, colby, mexican, etc)
3/4 cup milk
- Cover crockpot with plastic liner or spray with cooking spray.
- Layer half of the tater tots in the bottom and sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon pieces and 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
- Add chicken on top of the previous layer and sprinkle with 1/2 of the remaining cheese and bacon pieces.
- Add the remaining taters tots and top with remaining bacon and cheese.
- Pour milk over the top.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is fully cooked. Do not overcook or leave in crockpot on warm once casserole is finished.