Monday, August 20, 2018

What's For Dinner~Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Wow, it's been AWHILE!  6 months to be exact.  A lot has happened these past six months.  For those  of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know where my attention has been focused. I finally feel we are at a point where I can step back into the world of blogging, but I can tell you that just like before my family will always be my number one priority.  So, that may mean five to six posts a week or it may mean one.

My plan and desire is to share openly with my readers about what we have been through these past six months, I just need to put all my thoughts together. God has blessed us tremendously, and it is just too good not to share it all with you.

But for now, I will leave you with a recipe that several of my IG friends had requested.  With so many having just started school, this is a great recipe for a busy weeknight.

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole



Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken
1 TBS olive oil
1/4 C flour (we use gluten free)
1 1/2 C chicken broth (we use Pacific brand)
1/4 C cream, buttermilk, or milk (we use flax milk/Dairy Free)
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp dried chives
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
32 oz frozen tater tots
2 TBS butter (we use Earth Balance/Dairy and Soy Free)
1/2 C buffalo wing sauce
1/2 C shredded carrots (optional)
1/4 C chopped celery (optional)
1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese (we use Follow Your Heart/Dairy and Soy Free)

Instructions:

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
2. Add ground chicken and cook (breaking up with a spatula) until no longer pink.
3. Sprinkle in flour and stir to coat cooked chicken.
4. Slowly stir in chicken broth and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes to thicken and reduce sauce.
5. Stir in cream (or buttermilk, milk).
6. Add dried seasonings and salt and pepper and stir all to combine.
7. Let cook and additional 2-3 minutes until sauce is nice and thickened up.
8. Melt butter in microwave in a large microwave safe mug or cup.
9. Add buffalo sauce and stir to combine.
10. Spray crock well with non-stick spray.
11. Add 1/2 of the tater tots.
12. Drizzle with 1/2 of the buffalo sauce/butter mixture.
13. Cover with the meat mixture.
14. Top with carrots, celery and bleu cheese if desired.
15. Add remaining tater tots and drizzle with remaining buffalo sauce.
16. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
17. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

You can also bake this in the oven.  Follow steps 1-9, then spray a 9 x 13 inch backing dish and layer as mentioned above. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until tater tots are crisp.

You can find another great Tater Tot recipe linked below. Enjoy!


Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole


12 comments:

Gina said...

YUM, that looks delicious! So glad to see you back - waiting to hear the scoop...hope all is well with you and yours!!

Ron said...

OMG! I am making this this week. Sounds and looks yummy!

Billie Jo said...

So happy to see you here, my friend!
So very happy that you feel it is time to return.
Please know I have followed your journey and continue to pray for you all.
Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Looks delicious!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

I have to say I've missed you. I hope and pray that your blog break wasn't life changing---but what do I know? I so enjoy your recipes and this is a winner.

Love and hugs,

Jane

Junkchiccottage said...

Good Morning Lauren,
This recipe sounds Yummy! Glad to see a post pop up from you. Summer months are busy ones for sure. Have a great new week ahead.
Hugs,
Kris

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I always look forward to your recipes! This sounds so good and we love buffalo sauce. Hope you're having a great week!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Yummm! I might not be a kid any longer but I still do love me some tater tots!! :)

Courtney@Golden Boys and Me said...

This looks like a recipe my whole family will love. I will definitely try it soon! Looking forward to hearing your update.

Erin Marshall said...

This sounds so delicious! I am definitely adding this to my meal plan rotation. Yum!!

Leslie said...

FALL comfort food! I need to get more of the Earth Balance Margarine .. it's so good!

Decor To Adore said...

Hello sweet Lauren I am catching up with you this morning.
It is wonderful to see you posting again.I am keeping you in prayer.
I hope you are enjoying a lovely October.

Happy Tuesday,

Laura

bj said...

I know what a hard time you have had with your mom thru her illness. It is such a mean disease, robbing everything. My daughter's Mother In Law has the same and it is so heart breaking. I have you in my prayers..I do a blanket prayer for all my blogging friends as there's so many that need prayers and I can't remember all their names...God knows, tho, and I am a firm believer in Blanket Prayer.
love to you.