As soon as I saw this recipe for Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole, from Crockpot Gourmet, I knew it would be a hit in my house. Combining tater tots with buffalo chicken in one dish? GENIUS! While there are a few cooking steps prior to putting everything in the slow cooker, the extra effort is definitely worth it.
(image & recipe from Crockpot Gourmet)
1 pound ground chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup flour
1½ cups chicken broth
¼ cup cream, buttermilk, or milk
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
32 oz frozen tater tots
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup buffalo wing sauce
½ cup shredded carrots (optional)
¼ cup chopped celery (optional)
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
¼ – ½ cup blue cheese (optional, depending on taste)
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook (breaking up with spatula) until no longer pink.
Sprinkle in flour and stir to coat cooked chicken. Slowly stir in chicken broth and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes to thicken and reduce sauce.
Stir in cream (or buttermilk or regular milk). Add dried seasonings and salt and pepper and stir all to combine. Let cook an additional 2-3 minutes until sauce is nice and thickened up.
Melt butter in microwave in large microwave safe mug or cup. Add buffalo sauce and stir to combine.
Spray crock well with nonstick spray
Add ½ of the tater tots. Drizzle with ½ of the buffalo sauce/butter mixture. Cover with the meat mixture.
Top with carrots, celery and blue cheese, if desired. Add remaining tater tots and drizzle with remaining buffalo sauce
Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours