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Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tot Casserole

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I love-making this Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tot Casserole recipe for my family especially on busy night where I don’t have a ton of time to cook. Usually I will cook and shred the chicken a day or 2 before I make the casserole to help save time. Of if you cooked too much chicken from a meal the night before you can save it for this casserole. It is one of my family’s favorite dish to eat and usually no leftovers. It’s so easy to make that you can’t go wrong with this dish.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tot Casserole



  • 6 slices of cooked bacon or you can use microwave bacon
  • 4 cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • 32 oz. bag of frozen tater tots
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste



  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cook chicken in a separate pan until done.
  3. Let chicken cool a few minutes and shred with a mixer.
  4. Using a small saucepan, melt butter on low heat, whisk in flour and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Whisk the milk in the saucepan mixture slowly pouring a little bit at a time. Mix until you get a creamy consistency and add in ranch dressing and mix.
  6. Spray a 9×13 baking dish and add a layer of chicken, then sauce, then half of cheese, then tater tots and cook for 20 minutes uncovered.
  7. Crumble cooked bacon while waiting for the casserole to cook and set aside.
  8. Make sure the potatoes are a golden color and crispy and then top the casserole with the remaining cheese and crumbled bacon.
  9. Bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  10. Take out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes and then enjoy!

Tip: Prepare the chicken the night before to save time.



  1. Can I use cornstarch to thicken instead of flour? I want to make this gluten free! Thank You, Ann

  2. DO NOT try to print this recipe out unless you want to print all 9 pages and waste a lot of toner!

    • Alison Reply

      Karen you can delete what you don’t want printed before you print such as photos, text, etc. Just hover over what you want to delete and click to delete.

  3. I asked a question Sept. but never got an an answer, I guess it was a dumb question!

    • Alison Reply

      Sorry Ann, No it was not a dumb question at all. I am just really bad at responding to comments. It was my fault. Thanks Terri for answering for me. I appreciate it.

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    • Yea that’s what I’d like to know too , there are small and big size , the small wouldn’t feed but 1 person !!

    • When I find a recipe where someone has forgotten the for something like tator tots I consider the size of the pan and judge what I think it would need. In this case go with a large bag if you have extra you can use it for something else! I only mean to help idk this person who posted the recipe but I hope it is good! I am going to cheat and by a rotisserie chicken which should give me extra meat as I have a large family I can make a larger batch!

    • Alison Reply

      I updated the recipe to 32 oz. bag of tater tots. I also use the tater rounds in my recipe.

  5. It doesn’t seem like only 3 chicken breasts shredded would sufficiently cover the bottom of a 9×13 pan

  6. What’s the best way to cook the chicken before putting it in the casserole?

    • Oh my god wow just a stab in the dark but you strike me as an American lol how do you usually cook chicken? if it was me I’d put it on the hot asphalt and let nature cook it for me or if you’re feeling adventurous try summon satan and ask nicely If he’ll take it down to the fiery depths of hell and chuck it on the BBQ for around 5 min a side depending on the temperature down there but I’m sure he knows what he’s doing!! hope this helps

    • Tawre Dellavalle Reply

      Scott. Be nice! No question is stupid, but there are dumb answers.
      Krystal. I like to bake mine at 350 for 45-1 hour or sauté till done. Either way – use a thermometer to check temp. Needs to be 180.

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