Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Tator Tot Bake


Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Tator Tot Bake was a huge hit with my family. I love rainy days, especially in fall in Arizona, because we have ridiculously hot summers, and cool rainy days are awesome after such hot temperatures.  A couple weeks ago, my son was really sick and we were taking it easy at home. He was so sick that he missed baseball practice.  In my son’s world, nothing will stop him from playing baseball, so he was really sick.  It was heartbreaking!  My husband went to play golf, but they stopped playing after six holes because of the rain, and my daughter was at a friend’s house all day.  It was a crock pot kind of day, so I made a Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Tator Tot Bake!  We all loved it!!! What an incredible combination of ingredients and flavors!!!

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Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Tator Tot Bake
Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Tator Tots is a delicious and super easy meal to put together! Your whole family will love it!
Recipe type: main
  • 1 (32 ounce) bag tater tots
  • 3 ounce crumbled bacon pieces
  • 1 lb skinless chicken breasts
  • 1½ cups grated colby cheese
  • 1½ cups grated monterey jack pepper cheese
  • ¾ cup milk
  • salt and pepper
  1. Grease the bottom of the crock pot
  2. Layer ½ the tater tots on the bottom of the pot
  3. Sprinkle ½ of the bacon pieces on top of the tator tots
  4. Combine the two cheeses, and sprinkle ⅓ of it over the bacon and tots
  5. Top cheese with the chicken breasts
  6. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste
  7. Top chicken with another ⅓ of cheese
  8. Sprinkle with other ½ of the bacon pieces
  9. Add remainder of the tater tots
  10. Top with final ⅓ of the cheese
  11. Pour milk over the top
  12. Set crock pot to high and cook 4-5 hours (3 was perfect for me)

Shared at: The Better Baker’s Weekend Potluck


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    • says

      The recipe says 3-4 hours on high, and 3 was perfect for me, so if on low, a little less than 8 might work. I would check it after 6 or 7 hours. I always find that my crock pot cooks faster than what recipes say.

  1. says

    I’ll have seconds please! =) LOVE all the yummy flavors in this easy dish. So glad you shared at Weekend Potluck. We’d love it if you’d link back to the party within your post…(that qualifies you for being featured). Please do come back soon.

  2. DEEDEE says

    i wonder if you can use chicken broth in place of milk i think it would turn it into i nice creamy gravy sauce yum i will be making this tonight for dinner . thx for the post

  3. gabby says

    I used Hormel Real bacon bits. Made this last night for dinner. It was excellent!
    Also, if you work all day like me, I put my crock-pot to low (instead of high)
    cooked for 6-8 hrs (instead of 3-4 on high)Mine actually cooked for 8hrs, and turned out

  4. Missy says

    Thank you ladies! I need these type of meals for the “mom’s running around with her head cut off today” days ~~ and tomorrow just happens to be one of those days :)

  5. Joylynn Mathews says

    I made this tonight after work and the loved it. It cooked in 3 hours and it was inexpensive. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Mary says

    Do you think if I pre cooked the chicken then added it would turn out the same? I dont like cooking raw foods with others, just my thing….or do I need the juices from the chicken to help with it cooking the tots?

    • says

      Not silly at all. The bacon is precooked but not the chicken. If you have thick chicken breasts you may want to cut them in half to make them more thin.


    Could you use hamburger or ground turkey instead of the chicken breasts for variety? It looks great – Thank you!!

  8. says

    I just turned on my crockpot :) im nervous. I used the cubed frozen potatoes instead. Tator tots have corn flour listed as an ingredient and hubby cant have flour. I hope it still turns out ok! I will let you know lol

  9. says

    I made this today and I guess I’m the only one that didn’t have it come out right. I followed the directions and after 4 hours, the chicken was not done. The internal temp was only at 130. I have made many chicken crock pot recipes and this is the first time it hasn’t been ready earlier than it said it would. I think next time, I will use less chicken and a little more milk maybe.
    Anyone else have problems? I’m puzzled.

    • Marianne says

      Leslee, I had the same problem!!! It took more like 5-6 hrs on high and my crock pot is usually fast.
      It was YUMMY though

    • Sara says

      My friend had the same problem. She had cut the chicken up into pieces. It took 5-6hrs for it to be done. She missed bringing it to the potluck.

    • says

      This dish looks yummy but my husband does not like chicken. What a bummer, because I love chicken. What else could you make this with? Pork Chops?

    • Billie Langston says

      I would recommend doubling the recipe. The leftovers were pretty awesome too. I made one similar to this before, but used cream of mushroom instead of milk.

  10. Jen says

    I came across this recipe on my facebook newsfeed, and I gonna make it tomorrow for dinner. I cant wait to try it. Sounds so yummy.

  11. Erika says

    Ok so I can’t get monterey jack pepper cheese in Australia, so I just used grated premix pizza cheese and added 3/4 teaspoon ground chilli flakes. Also only had chicken tenderloins (used 1kg). It was delicious! Even my fussy 20yr old son ate it.

    • Leslie F says

      Sarah I just tried it in the oven. Turned out pretty good I would say. It was a bit of an experiment but I baked at 425 for a little over an hour in a 9×13 pan. I did cover it part way thru once the top layer of tots got crispy on the top. Good luck.

      • Ann says

        I was wondering if it was cooked in the oven, I thought I would cover it first, then uncovered for the last 30 minutes, also 425 seems high, any suggestions?

  12. Debra Barnes says

    I made this a couple days ago and the only complaint I have is that the tator tots on the bottom got mushy. Will probably not put as much milk in next time. My husband liked it also.

  13. Lori Miller says

    I think am going to add Black beans to this. I add Black beans to almost everything. I will let you know how it turns out

  14. says

    Trying this in the crock pot today. Doing the low setting though instead of the high. I also used cream of chicken soup mixed with a little bit of milk. Thought it might add a little more flavor! Will let y’all know how it turns out!

  15. stacie hagen says

    Am making this today. Can’t wait to try it. It sounds so yummy and easy. Only pre cooking I need to do is cook bacon. Should have gotten the precooked bacon for this.

  16. Sherri says

    Thanks Stacey this is delicious!
    Making the second pot today and trying with a marinated chicken breast using Sweet Baby Rays and Franks buffalo wing sauce. :0)

  17. Amy says

    Leslie, thanks for the oven directions. I have everything ready to put this together, but an active little one prevented me from getting in the crockpot. I was wondering about the oven so I’m going to go put it together and throw it in the oven right now!

  18. Autumn says

    This looks great! However we’re a household of 2 so that’s a lot of food for just us… do you think it would work out halved? Maybe reduce the cooking time?

  19. Lori says

    I made this last night for the Super Bowl. It sure looked like it was going to be good but ended up being a bit bland. I also found that cooking it in the slow cooker never allowed the tots to get really crisp. I pulled out the slow cooker pot and put it in the oven to finish. I will make it again, but I will add chopped green onions and perhaps some cream cheese for flavor. I will also cook it in a big pan in the oven, rather than a slow cooker, so it crisps up nicely.

  20. jane jones says

    Ive got it in the crockpot now… have no choice but low for 8 hours so fingers crossed! Also instead of salt and pepper on the chicken I sprinkled some dry ranch packet over it! Cant wait to try!

    • says

      You do want to keep the lid on the entire time and stirring isn’t necessary. Crock pots need to have the heat build up inside. If you take off the lid you will add to your cooking time.

  21. Kelli Wolfe says

    My family loved this recipe! Made it tonight. However I had to cool it on high for 6 hours to have cooked chicken!

  22. Short mom says

    This was really a good dish. Left overs heat up well. Have passed it on and it has been a hit for them as well.

  23. says

    This dish looks toooooo yummy but my DH does not like chicken and that is a bummer because I love chicken. What other meat could you make this with?

  24. Amber says

    This sounded so yummy but I didn’t have any tator tots and didn’t have time to run to the store (I have a 3 week old son!) so I cut some hashbrown patties up instead! Also used Mrs. Dash seasoning on the chicken. Just waiting to see if it turns out! :)

  25. Sroars says

    Made this today and it was a hit. I do have one issue we had a ton of tater tots left over would it be wise to cut down next time?

  26. Sheri says

    This is on our menu for tonight & I can’t wait!! This is the 2nd time we’ve had it and our whole family loves it!! I have 2 boys ages 4 & 2 and they even loved it! thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!!!!!

  27. Anne says

    Can’t wait to try this. I am wondering if it would work okay using meat pulled from an already cooked rotisserie chicken? Should I change the time it cooks – or cook it on low? Thanks for sharing!

  28. Felicia says

    My whole family loved this recipe!!! This is in my weekly rotation. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I always double the recipe so that I can have leftovers for work, which by the way, tastes great!! :-)

  29. says

    Quick question, not sure if it was asked previously, and if so, I do apologize.

    What about adding a ranch packet to the mix, would that add some ranch flavor, do you think?


  30. says

    Is this freezable? I mean when I make it unless I make half it will be too much so can I freeze it in servings so when we want some we can just heat it up? If not then I will just make half portion. But cannot wait to try it.

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