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Chicken Pot Hotdish

Prep Time
1h 10 min
Yields
4 - 5 servings

Skip the pastry and top your pot pie with tater tots!

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ingredients

3
tbsp unsalted butter
3
carrots, chopped into 1/2" pieces
1
large onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt
6
tbsp all-purpose flour
3
cups whole milk
Chicken soup mix for 3 cups broth (about 1 tbsp)
1 ½
lb(s) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into 1/2-by-3/4" pieces
¾
cup frozen peas
½
tsp dried thyme
Freshly ground black pepper
1 ½
lb(s) frozen tater tots
Ketchup, for serving, optional
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directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Step 2

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the carrots, onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour until combined and then cook for 1 minute. Add half the milk and cook, whisking continuously, until thickened, about 5 minutes; repeat with the remaining milk. Stir in the chicken soup mix and then add the chicken, peas, thyme and a few turns of pepper. Simmer, stirring often, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasonings if desired.

Step 3

Transfer the mixture to an 8-by-11-inch baking dish (or other 3-quart ovensafe dish) and then cover with the tater tots. Make them snuggly and neat. Bake until the tots are golden brown; begin checking for doneness at 30 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve with ketchup, if desired.

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