Chicken Tot Pies Recipe

"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."


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen bite-sized potato nuggets (such as Ore-Ida® Tater Tots®)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
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    1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is bubbly at the edges, about 30 minutes.
    8. 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

    Per Serving: 564 calories;33.4 g fat;44 g carbohydrates;28.7 g protein;82 mg cholesterol;1317 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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