Tater Tot casseroles have been around since the invention of....well...tater tots. I can recall many a meal made centered around them from my youth, and young parenting years. They can be made with a variety of ground meats, but this one uses chicken pieces and is a little bit of a twist on the norm.
Chicken Bacon Ranch and Cheese Tater Tot Casserole (Tater Tot Casserole ala Mom)
These directions are for a 7 qt slow cooker.
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 2-lb package of tater tots
1 and 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheese
8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used maple bacon)
1 cup of milk
1 pkg of dry ranch dressing mix (I used Hidden Ranch original)
Place 1/2 the tater tots on the bottom of the crock pot, that has been sprayed with Pam.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese and 1/3 of the bacon over top.
Place chicken pieces on top. You could season with salt and pepper but I didn't, as my chicken breasts came pre-seasoned.
Place another layer of 1/2 cup of cheese and 1/3 of the bacon crumbles over top.
Place another layer of tater tots on top and cover with remaining cheese and bacon crumbles.
Mix the milk with the dry seasoning mix and pour over top.
I baked mine in the crock pot for 1 hour on high and then turned it to low for an additional 3. Please be sure to keep an eye on your own while its cooking as different sized crock pots and makes and models cook differently. Yours might be just fine at 4 hours on low.
I haven't tried it, but I am assuming you can bake this in the oven as well in a casserole dish.