Chicken Tot Pie is an easy fun twist on classic pot pie. Tender chicken, corn, peas, green beans and carrots in a creamy sauce with crispy tater tot crust.
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CHICKEN TOT PIE
A classic chicken pot pie is one of those cozy comfort foods that isn’t always a kid pick. No matter how good the recipe, kids don’t usually request this delicious dish. So how to get the kids on board and excited? Add crispy tater tots and cheese of course!
If your family is in a weeknight dinner rut, use frozen tater tots make fun new favorites like this Chicken Tot Pie. These tasty little spuds can turn go-to family favorites into something new and exciting. Throw some frozen tater tots on an y normal casserole and guaranteed you won’t have any comments about eating “this again”.
This Chicken Tot Pie recipe has all comforting flavors and taste you grew up on with a crispy crust kids will love. It’s old school meets modern convenience, no rolling out pie crust or using multiple bowls and pans. Plus you’ll never have to worry about a soggy crust!
Recipes like this Chicken Tot Pie are a great meal for after you’ve gone grocery shopping. Pick up a container of cooked cubed chicken breasts from the deli, use canned chicken breasts (Costco has a good quality one) and you can have this one pan meal in the oven in minutes. Let it bake while you put the rest of the groceries away. Talk about an easy weeknight dinner!
It’s so easy to change up Chicken Tot Pie depending on what your family likes. Feel free to swap out the vegetables, the creamy soup, or even the meat. If you need some ideas, check out the suggestions below to get inspired.
Serve your Chicken Tot Pie with some Homemade Dinner Rolls and a bag of salad from the store for a super easy weeknight dinner. If you want to add more veggies to this meal (and what parent doesn’t), go with easy kid favorites like Sautéed Green Beans.
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To make this Chicken Tot Pie easier, this recipe calls for canned cream of chicken soup, but you can always use 1 cup of our homemade Cream of Chicken recipe. Mix all the filling ingredients in the casserole dish if you want a one pan meal. Wipe down the inner sides before adding tots to make clean up easier later.
This recipe is a great inexpensive meal for potlucks or making ahead in the freezer. You can double the batch without much work and store the extra Chicken Tot Pie (without the cheese) for up to 2 months. To reheat the Chicken Tot Pie, take out of the freezer for about 30 minutes then bake according to recipe. You may need to cook up to 20 minutes longer.
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VARIATIONS ON CHICKEN TOT PIE
- Potatoes: Try Mashed Potatoes spread on top for a shepherd’s pie like meal or substitute frozen hash browns for a thinner crispy topping.
- Different Tots: Use Cauliflower or Broccoli Tots to mix things up a bit. They even make carrot tots now. Or try a mixture for a fun colorful pattern.
- Meat: Instead of chicken breast, use a rotisserie chicken to easily add flavor without using more seasoning. You can also use leftover ham, cooked ground beef, or turkey breast.
- Veggies: Use your favorite frozen vegetable mixes like stir fry blend or cauliflower and broccoli blend. Make your own veggies using Easy Peas and Carrots, a one bowl, 5 minute recipe!
- Cream Soup: Try other condensed cream soup bases like Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Cheddar, or Cream of Celery instead of the Cream of Chicken.
- Mini Chicken Tot Pies: Make individual Chicken Tot Pies by dividing the filling into small ramekins or a muffin tin lined with silicone cupcake liners (they hold up better). Top with tots and bake for 25 minutes. Top with cheese and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
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HOW TO STORE CHICKEN TOT PIE
- Serve: Keep Chicken Tot Pie for up to 2 hours at room temperature before storing.
- Store: Allow Chicken Tot Pie to cool completely before covering tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerating for 3-4 days.
- Freeze: Cool the Chicken Tot Pie all the way to keep moisture from collecting. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and then foil. Freeze for up to 2 months.
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 16 ounces frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 4 cups chicken breast , cooked and chopped
- 1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded
- 32 ounces frozen tater tots
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 9x13 baking dish with baking spray.
- Mix the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, milk, mixed vegetables, thyme, salt, pepper, chicken and cheese in a large bowl.
- Pour into baking dish then top with tater tots, lined up neatly in rows.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until top is browned and crispy.
What size baking dish?
Thank you Margie for bringing this oversight to our attention. Use a 9×13 baking dish. We have updated the recipe card.
Very easy. My mistake was using smoked chicken totally threw the flavor off. My family wasnt digging the tots and we ended up making biscuits too. I would make again
I couldn’t wait to make this recipe and now that I finally did I can say it will be a go-to! I cut it in half and made italian chicken tenders in the air fryer to throw in the pot pie. Really a simple dinner especially if you already have shredded chicken. I loved it 🙂
Do you think you could use tuna instead of chicken?
Anyone tried to make and freeze to cook later?
If I’m halving the recipe and using an 8×8 pan how long should I bake it for?
So easy and super yummy!! Definitely will be making this for my fam jam again, 🙂
Thank you, Tracy! So glad you enjoyed this one!
Chicken Tot Pie it amazing!! Made it for my family tonight and they all really enjoyed it. I’m so glad I decided to cook this
Megan, thank you for this sweet comment. So glad your family enjoyed it!
Excellent!!! Only changes I made were a colossal rotisserie chicken and used cream of chicken with herbs (avoided having to add seasoning lol). Other than that, loved it and will definitely make it again!!! Thank you!!)
So easy when using the rotisserie chicken too!
This was so easy to make and well received! I cooked it a bit longer to crisp the tots I had. It was delicious!
I’m glad you all enjoyed it.
What would I use instead of sour cream? Could I add another cream soup?
Sure, use cream of chicken. I realize this comment is very old, so I am so sorry for the delay in replying.
It was awesome. Quick,easy,inexpensive and good. Very family friendly. Served with a salad and dinner is on the table. Than-you
I’m glad you all enjoyed it, Carol.
My husband is a Chef and he approves! This will be on our dinner menu rotation at home from now on.
My family loved this! Next time I might try it with ground beef to change it up. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect. Thank you!
Added a bit of Cayenne and Cajun for a bit more flavour! Made just enough to feed myself – mom, dad and older brother! Next time would probably double the recipe 🙂 Was a great hit and everyone loved it 🙂 will make again for sure! I’m not usually a fan of chicken pot pie but the tater tots definitely step it up.
Love that you spiced it up a bit, great suggestions.
This was a great tasting meal!! Loved the flavor and how easy and quick it was. I used a rotisserie chicken and loved it!
Thanks for the 5 stars, Maureen.
It was a hit! Simple winter/fall dish.
4 kids and father approved it for our
Love this! Perfect comfort food! I made this to take to my sister after her surgery. I added 1 bag of cooked egg noodles and one additional can cream of chicken and it was fabulous!
How sweet of you, Barb!
Easy to fix! Great way to use leftover meat and/or veggies!
Thanks for the 5 stars, Jo.
How long should I cook the casserole and at what temperature after it’s been frozen?
Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Then remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 50 minutes. Enjoy!
Was so excited to make this recipe when I came across it on Pinterest and it did not disappoint! Two teenage boys couldn’t get enough of it. Bought Ore Ida’s extra crispy tots which were just perfect!
Yay!! Pinterest for the win! Thanks for the 5 stars, Allyse.
This recipe was easy and pleased my two boys who can be a little picky. It was a great way to get some veggies in them as well. We will hold on to this recipe for future use! Thank you!
I love it when the whole family enjoys the meal. Thanks for coming back to let me know, Katie.
Can I use raw chicken? If yes, how long would I cook this?
No, the chicken needs to be cooked before being added.
Why? It seems it cooks long enough to thoroughly cook raw chicken.
Can you make this in crockpot for how many hours
I’ve not tested it but am thinking low for about 4-6 hours. Enjoy!
Question for you, when you mix the vegetables and top the casserole with the tots are they frozen or thawed out?
I made this but used onion flavor tater tots, it was delicious
That’s a great idea! Thanks, Pam.
This looks so good. Wondering what size you used?
I used a standard 9×13 casserole dish. I hope you enjoy it!
Oh yum! Making me hungry just looking at it! Nice recipe
This is so good! Love using the tater tots for the topping of the pot pie!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
What a fun and creative way to switch up your typical pot pie! The kids will absolutely love this.
Definitely family friendly. Enjoy!
Such a fun twist! Total comfort food for the win!
Thanks for the 5 stars, Taylor.
This looks so easy to make and like comfort food at its best!!
Thanks for the 5 star rating!
Sabrina, hello from sunny Florida!
Do you have a recipe for Carrot Potato Tots?
Thank you, Sheryll
I’ll add it to my research list. Thanks for the suggestion.