Slow Cooker Chicken & Tots

Holy crap it has been SO long since I've been blogged! KITK has been so neglected; my poor little blog! Since I posted last, J & I moved into our adorable townhouse, I went back to work, my mom came out for a visit, & we got a 2nd dog! Life has been pretty crazy but awesome.  For the first few weeks, J & I were living out of boxes & eating takeout every night. We were doing a bit of home reno (new floors, lighting, paint etc) that didn't make it the easiest conditions to cook in. Finally a few weeks ago I said enough is enough & I decided to make something in the crock pot. Well, first I had to find the crock pot. Once I found it, then I had to figure out what to make.  J & I had spent days & days emptying boxes & organizing...we deserved something comforting. 


Then I stumbled upon THIS recipe at The Country Cook for Cheesy Tator Tot Chicken Casserole. Uhhhh HELLO dinner!  There was literally no debate on whether to try this dish or not. It was SO easy & SO tasty! I mean, the base is chicken, so that makes it healthy, right? :)  OK, maybe not the healthiest meal, BUT I did make some healthier substitutions so I didn't feel totally guilty about it. I will definitely be making this again.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Tots
Serves: 4-5
Cook time according to The Country Cook: 4-6 hours
Cook time according to Rachel: 4.5-5 was plenty!
How difficult was this for Rachel? SO easy!

1 (32oz) bag frozen tots
4-6 boneless chicken breasts (I could only fit 5)                     
1 (3oz) bag bacon bits (I used turkey bacon)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
 (I used Colby & Monterey Jack)
3/4 cup milk (I used skim)
salt & pepper to taste

Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray really well

Spread half the bag of tots on the bottom of the slow cooker

Sprinkle 1/2 bacon bits & 1/2 the cheese over the tots

Place chicken breasts on top, but make sure not to place chicken on top of chicken

Add rest of bacon, then tots, then cheese

Cook on low for 4.5 hours

Also, I'd like to formally introduce the newest member of our family, Fig!
 He is approx. 3 yrs. old & a complete bundle of love!!

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