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This Chicken Tater Tot Casserole hotdish with broccoli recipe is amazing. I mean, who doesn’t love tater tots? The whole family will love this tater tot casserole with chicken, and the kids won’t even notice the broccoli, thanks to the cheesy goodness.

baked tater tot casserole in a cast iron skillet ready to serve

A chicken tater tot hotdish has layers of chicken, broccoli, and cream of chicken soup. This tater tot casserole with chicken recipe is easy to make and a very satisfying, hearty dinner.

And it’s topped with frozen tater tots and shredded cheddar cheese. Plus, this complete meal is ready to serve in under an hour!

What Is a Tater Tot Hotdish Casserole?

I like to make recipes that remind me of my favorite dishes from when I was a kid. My family’s favorite one-skillet and slow-cooker meals included such things as beef stew and sheet pan chicken with veggies.

My husband was raised in the Midwest on classic comfort food recipes, like hotdishes, casseroles, and hearty proteins with mashed potatoes and gravy.

What is a hotdish? It is a casserole with starch, protein, and a canned or frozen vegetable. People in the Midwest like to make them because they are easy and affordable.

This one-skillet chicken tater tot casserole recipe will be a hit with us both. It is like chicken pot pie but even better!

a skillet of cooked chicken tater tot casserole with garnish on top

This chicken tater tot casserole with cream of chicken soup has chicken breast tenderloins and broccoli. Then a layer of crispy tater tots and cheese is added on top to create a comfort meal that everyone will love.

Chicken tenders tater tot hotdish with cream of chicken soup and broccoli is a complete meal in one pan. You can pair it with your favorite side dishes for a heartier dinner.

The 7 Ingredients For This Recipe

This chicken broccoli tater tot casserole recipe only uses seven ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. This is a great recipe if you need to prepare a last-minute dinner that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or time.

7 ingredients for the chicken tater tot casserole

You just need:

  • Chicken tenderloin (chicken tenders) or chicken breasts
  • Onionchopped
  • Garlicminced or pressed
  • Cream of chicken soupkeep reading for other variations
  • Broccolifresh or frozen
  • Cheddar cheeseshredded or grated
  • Tater totsregular or mini-sized tater tots, frozen

Plus: salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe tips: Make the cheesiest tater tot casserole dish by grating or shredding your own cheese. The anti-caking agents in prepacked, shredded cheese can affect how the cheese melts.

Equipment Used in this Chicken Tater Tot Recipe

  • 10-12″ oven safe skillet (like cast iron skillet)
  • Or non-stick skillet
  • Casserole dish

Recipe Variations

  • Chicken breasts can be cut into 1-2″ strips to make this tater bake instead of using chicken tenderloin.
  • You can use leftover chicken or turkey in this recipe to make a casserole. This is a good way to use up your leftover chicken or turkey from Thanksgiving.
  • This chicken tater tot hotdish recipe is made with cream of chicken soup. But you can use any of Campbell’s condensed cream soups if you want. Creams of asparagus, mushroom, and celery are also good options.
  • You can also use cheddar cheese soup for extra cheesy goodness.
  • Choose your favorite vegetables to put in the casserole. Broccoli is a traditional choice, but other sturdy vegetables will bake well too! You can also try cauliflower, green beans, or peas and carrots.

How to Make Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Then on a skillet, lightly spray the cooking spray or oil.
  • Saute the chicken tenders until golden on the outside. Remove to a plate and cover with foil while sauteing chopped onion and garlic.
sautéing chicken and broccoli in a cast iron skillet
  • Shred or chop cooked chicken tenderloins, and add to skillet. Stir in canned soup and broccoli.  Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly across the top, then fold in frozen tater tots. 
  • Bake until the tater tots are golden brown and the edges of the casserole are bubbly. Garnish it with sour cream, sliced green onion, or parsley.
a skillet of chicken tater tot casserole ready to bake

Instructions for Making Ahead of Time

You can make this dish ahead of time! After you have assembled the tater tot casserole with cream of chicken, cover it and refrigerate it for up to three days.

When ready to cook, put it in a baking dish, preheat the oven, and bake at 375º F for 35 to 40 minutes. The chicken tater tots are done when are golden brown and the edges of the casserole are bubbly.

Let it cool for at least 5 minutes before serving, then garnish with sliced green onion or parsley, or top with sour cream.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What foods go with tater tot casserole with chicken?

There are a few different types of food that go well with Chicken Tater Tot Casserole. Some good sides to serve with this dish include green beans, corn, and mashed potatoes. You could also add a side salad or some rolls and butter to your meal.

Can you freeze tater tot casserole after cooking it?

Yes, you can freeze Tater Tot Casserole after cooking. Let the casserole cool completely before freezing. Then cover tightly with aluminum foil or freezer wrap and label. Store up to three months.

What is the difference between hotdish and casserole?

The casserole is the name of the dish you cook it with, while the hotdish is the meal itself.

a Lodge skillet of cheesy chicken hotdish casserole

Here is the recipe for cheesy chicken tater tots

skillet of hot dish tater tot casserole baked and ready to serve
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Chicken Tater Tot Casserole with Broccoli

Chicken tater tot casserole (hotdish) is a one-pan dish made with layers of chicken tenderloins, broccoli, and cream of chicken soup – all topped with tater tots and shredded cheddar cheese. It's an easy recipe that's ready to serve as a complete meal in under an hour!
Course Main Course, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken tenders, tater tot casserole, chicken tenders recipe, Chicken, tater tots, loaded tater tots, chicken dinner, creamy chicken
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 389kcal

Equipment

  • 10-12" oven-safe skillet (like a cast-iron skillet)
  • OR a non-stick skillet and casserole dish

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins or chicken tenders (can substitute with chicken breasts cut into 1" to 2" strips)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (1 small onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 can (10 oz.) cream of chicken soup (see notes for soup variations)
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated or shredded
  • 16 ounces (1/2 bag) frozen tater tots
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Saute chicken tenders in a 10-12" skillet over medium heat until lightly golden, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove them to a plate and cover with foil.
  • Saute chopped onion, and garlic in butter, until onions are translucent. Stir in canned soup and broccoli.
  • Shred or chop chicken tenderloins and add to skillet. If your skillet is oven-safe, continue on to the next step. Otherwise, add the mixture to a round or oblong casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly across the top. Then top the casserole with a layer of tater tots.
  • Bake at 375º uncovered for 30 minutes, until the tater tots are golden brown and the edges of the casserole are bubbly. Let cool 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with sour cream, sliced green onion, or parsley.

Notes

Make this a make-ahead dish! Follow steps 2-5 in the instructions, then cover and refrigerate the casserole for up to 3 days. Bake at 375º F for 35-40 minutes, until the tater tots are golden brown and the edges of the casserole are bubbly. Let cool 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with sour cream, sliced green onion, or parsley.
Use any of Campbell’s condensed cream soups, like cheddar cheese soup, cream of celery, cream of asparagus, or cream of potato to customize this chicken tater tot casserole.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 499IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 1mg

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