Fall Chicken Tot Casserole

I swear I blinked and now this summer is almost over. I’m pretty sad about it because there was so much I wanted to accomplish and do before it was done that got waylaid by life. Fall is right around the corner though and I am gearing up for pumpkin everything, boots and pretty leaves. That cheers me up quite a bit. So I made my first pumpkin dish of the season and it was a huge hit in this house! This hearty fall chicken tot casserole has layers of flavorful goodness and is so simple to make.

The base of the casserole had such a fantastic mix of savory and sweet with lots of ground chicken, mushrooms and aromatics mixed with pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt and lots of warm spices. It made the house smell like fall as it cooked!
After I spread that lovely base into my baking dish, I lined up my tots in tidy rows to cover the whole thing. I found wonderful frozen sweet potato cauliflower tots which carried through that fall vibe beautifully. The final touch was a big sprinkling of freshly grated smoked gouda on top. That little edge of smokiness from the cheese really took this casserole over the top.
When it came out of the oven, that fall chicken tot casserole was hot, bubbly perfection! It took about 30 minutes in the oven. I had the whole thing from prep to table done in an hour, which I loved. I could even pull this off for a weeknight.

Oh my goodness, this baby was so fall ready with all of those hearty layers and different textures. The melty cheese, crisp tots and creamy base worked SO darn well together. Hope you all enjoy it too! xoxo

Fall Chicken Tot Casserole
Fall Chicken Tot Casserole
4.67 from 3 votes
Fall Chicken Tot Casserole
Fall Chicken Tot Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This is such a simple, hearty and incredible fall chicken tot casserole with layers of creamy pumpkin spiced chicken and veggies, veggie tots and cheese! 

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Casseroles, Chicken, Fall Chicken Tot Casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 616 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 1 whole onion thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage roughly chopped
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 can pumpkin puree 15 ounces
  • 2 bags frozen sweet potato cauliflower tots 16 ounces each
  • 8 ounces smoked gouda cheese freshly grated
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 and get out a 9 x 13 baking dish. Then heat the olive oil in a large skillet with deep sides and add the onion, mushrooms, garlic and sage. Let them cook for about 5 minutes to soften and get fragrant. Then add the chicken and let it cook completely while you break it up. While the chicken cooks, season everything with the pumpkin pie spice, cumin, salt and red pepper. Once the chicken cooks, add in the vinegar, Greek yogurt and pumpkin puree. Let it all bubble together for about 5 minutes to meld. 

  2. Take the mixture and spread it out evenly in the baking dish as the bottom layer. Lay the veggie tots out on top in neat rows of about 8 or 9 across. Finally, sprinkle the smoked gouda in an even layer on the very top. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes until it is all hot and bubbly. Let it sit for a minute to slightly cool, then serve immediately! Enjoy!! 

Nutrition Facts
Fall Chicken Tot Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 616 Calories from Fat 302
% Daily Value*
Fat 33.5g52%
Saturated Fat 13.7g86%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 989mg43%
Potassium 1472mg42%
Carbohydrates 50.6g17%
Fiber 6.4g27%
Sugar 9.9g11%
Protein 29.8g60%
Calcium 250mg25%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Fall Chicken Tot Casserole
Fall Chicken Tot Casserole

16 thoughts on “Fall Chicken Tot Casserole”

  1. I love sage, and I would never think to use pumpkin in this! It looks so good! I make tot casseroles all the time, so I will have to try this!

  2. 4 stars
    Oh I love smoked gouda cheese! This looks so delicious. Will try it. And I think my toddler might love it too.

  3. 5 stars
    This sounds fabulous! I know my husband would love it too. I pinned it for later. Thank you for sharing,

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