Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Crock Pot Chicken and Tots (this is SO hard for me)

It is the moment you all have been waiting for. I had to gather strength, and courage for this one. Don't laugh, you know how difficult this chapter in my life is. I looked at it, I even moved it around a few times. I talked to it, I yelled at it. But the time has come, that we have united, for a greater cause. Me and my crocky (crock pot) have come together, on good terms to assist working parents, or anyone who needs a one pot kind of situation.

You all know how I feel about crock pots. Crocky overcooks everything for me. I don't like fork tender, smooshy roast. In fact, I am not a huge roast beast fan at all. Crocky for me, is good for 2 things. Keeping chili hot during a Philadelphia Eagles game or keeping meatballs warm, during a Philadelphia Eagles game. I have nothing against anyone who loves their crocky. I get it, I really do but that doesn't mean I LIKE it. Ya know?

A fellow blogger said she was making this recipe once and it sounded interesting enough for me to bring crocky out of hiding. It turned out OK. It feeds a small army so I might make only half of a recipe if I were to do this again. I think it will be a hit for all of you with kids or hearty appetites to feed! I served it with some biscuits and green beans.

I am going to tell you how to make it, but if I break out in a sweat, and begin to shake, just know...this to shall pass. I get nervous around my crock pot! Oh yea and you just can't photograph stuff in a crockpot well. Not this anyway so I don't apologize for this crap photo. What do you expect from a crockpot?!

32 oz bag of seasoned tator tots (you can use plain, seasoned is just better
3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes
6 strips of bacon (fried to extra crispy and crumbled)
1 cup of milk
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp all purpose seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

If you have the plastic bag like crock pot liners, this would be a good time to break those bad boys out. Cleaning this up is NOT fun.

You will layer your ingredients. First layer half of your tator tots in the bottom. Add 1 cup of cheese and 1/3 of your bacon. Next layer your cubed uncooked chicken, season the top of the chicken with onion powder and all purpose seasoning, 1/3 of the bacon. 1 more cup of cheese, the second half of your tator tots, the rest of the cheese and then rest of the bacon on top. Pour over 1 cup of milk and cover.

Salt and pepper each layer as you see fit. Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 8 hours.

We really liked this. Again I am not sure where the recipe came from, just came from a friend but I understand it is a recipe that has been around awhile. I hope you enjoy it. If you don't, I am only the messenger. We will find the creator together! HA!

Your "does naming my crockpot, Crocky mean I like it" chefwannabe

PS. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top!