Chicken, Jalapenos and Tater Tot Casserole


 

Cliff Bartlett

R.I.P. 5/17/2021
When I saw this recipe I knew it would be good for game day. Here's some pic's.

First of all, I spun a little 3.9 lb. chicken.

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Then shredded the meat.

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I'd cut the recipe in half so lined a baking dish with one pound of Tots.

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Mixed up some sour cream, cream cheese, garlic salt and pepper.

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Mixed in half cup of shredded Mexican cheese and then added a couple sliced green onions, 3 chopped jalapenos and a half pound fried bacon, crumbled.

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I'd given the Tots and jump start earlier in the day to partially cook. Then topped with the chicken first.

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Then added half the cream cheese mixture.

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Then finished it off by adding the remaining onions, bacon lastly topped it of with the remaining cheese. (not shown) Put in fridge until 45 minutes before dinner time

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Got the casserole on the grill

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Cliff Bartlett

R.I.P. 5/17/2021
Gave it about 30 minutes as it'd gotten pretty cool in fridge.

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Plated it up with some of my biscuits and my wife's green salad.

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This was a mighty fine meal. Very filling and nice flavors. If I do it again, I'll leave in the seeds when I chop the jalapenos to spice things up a little more. Have a good week everyone and thanks for looking.
 

JimT

TVWBB Pro
Cliff,

You say you cut the recipe in half, and I like that. Did you, however, use all of the chicken you cooked, making it somewhat more "chickeny" than the original?

Thanks,

JimT
 

Cliff Bartlett

R.I.P. 5/17/2021
Cliff,

You say you cut the recipe in half, and I like that. Did you, however, use all of the chicken you cooked, making it somewhat more "chickeny" than the original?

Thanks,

JimT

You know Jim, I meant to mention that too. I only used half the chicken. Froze the other half for chicken salad sandwiches or whatever later on. That would have been a deep dish casserole for sure and as you say, a little too "chickeny".
 

Rich Dahl

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Cliff, thanks for the link to the recipe. I copied the narrative and made a word document with it. Showed it to Barb she was all over it, looks like I'll have some good eats here soon.;)
 

Timothy F. Lewis

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
I spun an extra bird just to have enough leftovers for this very recipe! I’m going to do it in the oven as I will be unable to ride herd on it tomorrow when my wife’s shoulder goes through week three of physical therapy! So far, she’s doing very well but, she’s a tough one when it comes to this kind of thing!
 

Timothy F. Lewis

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
OK, fired this up tonight, a couple of impressions:
Tots should definitely go on top!
I felt they got too “soft” even with a “pretoasting”.
The addition of some peas might make it a little more “one dish” meal.
A small amount of diced celery would improve the “crunch factor” too.
I will experiment with another run of this and follow up.
Wife agrees with the “tweaks”.
Good starting point.
I have made a variant of this with browned ground beef, cream of potato soup, sautéed mushrooms, peas as the base. A layer of sliced cheese topping the whole thing off with tots, seriously good feed!
 

Brian Thomas

TVWBB Pro
Thanks for posting this Cliff!

Tried this tonight and it was a huge hit! Will definitely be making this more! I think next time I'll saute' the diced jalapenos first to soften them up a bit and will definitely give this one a try with leftover rotisserie turnkey. Going to be doing a pre-thanksgiving rotisserie turkey later next month and we usually do turkey enchiladas with the leftovers, but after eating this tonight I got the go-ahead from my wife to do this casserole instead :)
 

 

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