I tried to really push boundaries with this recipe, and breaking tots up into a pot pie crust was definitely one of my favorite unusual uses.

Dan Whalen
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a large bowl.

  • Reduce heat to medium. Add 1 tablespoon oil, celery, carrot, and onion to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

  • Return chicken to skillet along with stock, butter, whipping cream, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then stir in potato flakes. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in parsley.

  • Put tots in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high, stirring once per minute, until defrosted and broken up, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup oil until incorporated.

  • Set six 14- to 16-oz individual baking dishes on a large baking sheet. Divide chicken mixture among dishes. Top each with tots mixture, pressing down gently to flatten into a crust.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until filling is bubbly at the edges, about 30 minutes.

  • Preheat broiler to high and broil until crusts are browned and extra crisp, about 1 minute. Watch carefully to avoid burning. Let cool slightly before serving.

Cook's Note:

Instead of using individual baking dishes, you could use one 3-quart baking dish.

Nutrition Facts

564 calories; 33.4 g total fat; 82 mg cholesterol; 1317 mg sodium. 44 g carbohydrates; 28.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2019
This was great! I made this in a 3 quart baking dish. I also used the entire 2 lb bag of tater tots and left out the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2019
This was great! I made this in a 3 quart baking dish. I also used the entire 2 lb bag of tater tots and left out the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2019
This was great! I made this in a 3 quart baking dish. I also used the entire 2 lb bag of tater tots and left out the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2019
OMG Delicious. The tater tots turn this from regular chicken pot pie into something special. I only had about two cups of stock and no cream so I substituted a 15 oz can of creamed corn. I used frozen peas and carrots because I was too lazy to dive fresh carrots. This warmed me up through and through on a freezing cold night and warmed my heart when husband said We have to start eating this all the time. After his second serving! Yummo! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2019
The only alteration I made from the original recipe was that I used the Ore-Ida Extra Crispy tater tots, it was fantastic! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2019
Family loved it! Tater tots on top were a hit with the kids. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2019
Huge hit with the family. I only slightly modified the ingredients... a little shake here and there, and served it up in a giant cast iron pan. It was consumed before I could get the camera out. Would love to prep this one and take it along camping, heated over an open fire, and tented to toast the top tots. Great recipe. Thanks for the creation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2019
Really good and a great meal for a crowd. Leftovers were a little soggy but we ate every last bite! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2020
Had to use hash browns rather than tater tots but it was still very good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2020
I really like the "sauce" using the potato flakes instead of the usual cream soup or thickening with corn starch. I did add a lot more carrots & celery (preference) & will cut back in the thyme next time. I used mini tots or could use mini crowns, but won't microwave them more than a minute cause they got mushy after 3 minutes. This was my mistake not thinking it wouldn't take as long as regular size tots. Next time I won't use the olive oil either because I didn't think it was necessary but for a little when sauteing the veggies. Since I didn't have the smidge of whipping cream I used a little milk & butter which is a substitute. Other than it is more work than the crock pot or other recipe I have for a "pot pie", I think this is my favorite now. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2019
This will definitely become a favorite. We will probably cut the thyme back a little though. Read More