Oh People!!!! You really need to try this recipe as soon as possible! It is so good. It is like cracked out chicken with ranch and tater tots. This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until later, or you can freeze half for another day. Before you rush off to the store shopping, add these ingredients to your shopping list.
This dish really only takes a few minutes to prepare. This is one of those one pan meals. It is so tasty I can guarantee the family will want seconds.
Your family likely loves the classic hamburger tater tot casserole, this will be the number two favorite. Be prepared.
There are going to be many variations that can be used for this dish. If you do try them or come up with new ways, let me know so that I can try them too!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use straight ranch dressing?
This recipe has the ranch mixed in with cream of chicken soup. It adds a delightful and unexpected zing to the flavor. I would stick with this one.
Can I use french fries for the top?
Well, yes you could. However, remember that tater tots are seasoned perfectly and have a different taste than french fries do. In a pinch though, I would assume that french fries would work.
Could I use cream of mushroom soup instead of the chicken soup?
Certainly, it is an option. I prefer the way the mushroom tastes and I am not a fan of the chicken bits in the cream of chicken. But when all the ingredients are combined, the cream of chicken tastes way better!
What do you need to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tot Casserole
3 cups of cooked and shredded chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup cooked, chopped bacon
1 pkg Ranch dressing mix
16 ounces sour cream
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
2 pound bag of frozen tater tots
How to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tot Casserole
Preheat the oven to 350*
Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish, with non stick spray
In a large bowl mix together the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, chopped bacon, ranch seasoning mix and shredded cheese
Stir to combine really well
Toss in the cut up chicken and stir to combine
Fold in the frozen tater tots
Spoon into the prepared pan
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until bubbly
Rather than stirring the tater tots into the casserole with all the ingredients, you can lay them out on the top of the casserole. Then for the last few minutes of cooking, sprinkle some more cheese on the top and allow the cheese to melt.
You can also replace the bacon with turkey bacon to make this a little bit healthier. One more suggestion sent in by a reader is to use taco seasoning in place of the ranch seasoning and have a mexican chicken casserole. If you have a suggestion as a way to change this dish up, please let me know, I would love to share it with everyone.