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Buffalo Chicken Casserole (gluten free, keto option)

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I was on FaceTime with my sister and she was making my nephew’s favorite meal to celebrate his all “A”s report card. I asked what that meal was and it blew my mind!  She was taking French fries and placing them in a casserole dish, topping them with buffalo chicken bites, cheddar, onions, and bacon, and popping it into the oven. My husband and I looked at each other, and we knew right away this would be a meal we would be making very soon! 

So the next day, I asked if we should use fries or tater tots, and my little man started shouting “tater tots” over and over again…the answer was loud and clear! So I popped a bag of mini tater tots into the air fryer at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes total. While they were cooking, I sautéed a pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts until it was cooked through and added about 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce to it. 

Then, I sprayed an 8×8 casserole dish with avocado oil and placed the cooked tater tots in the bottom. I topped those with the buffalo chicken, and then I added some shredded cheddar. I omitted the bacon to make this meal a bit less fattening, but you can always add it in! I turned on my oven broiler to 550°F (Hi) and placed the casserole dish in the oven. It took less than 2 minutes for the cheese to get all bubbly and melty. I plated a serving and topped it with some fresh pico de gallo and a drizzle of my homemade ranch dressing

It tasted like heaven on a plate! This is now one of our favorite meals! To make this meal keto-friendly, instead of tater tots or fries, use 1 head of roasted cauliflower!

So here’s what you’ll need in case you didn’t catch it above:

  • 1 bag tater tots (or French fries) or you can use roasted cauliflower for a keto option!
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (or you can use popcorn chicken if not gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pico de gallo for topping, optional
  • Ranch dressing, optional
  • Crumbled bacon, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven broiler to 550°F (Hi)

Cook tater tots in air fryer at 400°F for 8-12 minutes

Cook chicken in skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, and then add buffalo sauce

Add cooked tater tots to greased 8×8 or 9×9 square casserole dish

Top with buffalo chicken

Then add shredded cheddar cheese and place in oven for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and melted

Top with pico and ranch and eat up!

Store leftovers in casserole dish covered with foil or plastic wrap so you can easily reheat it

Reheat leftovers in oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes (remove foil or plastic wrap first)

Serves 4-6 people

Buffalo Chicken Casserole (gluten free, keto option)

5 from 1 vote
Course Chicken, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 520 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag tater tots or roasted cauliflower for keto option
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or you can use popcorn chicken if not gluten free
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce I use Primal Kitchen or Frank's Red Hot
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • pico optional
  • ranch dressing optional
  • crumbled bacon optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven broiler to 550°F (Hi)
  • Cook tater tots (or cauliflower) in air fryer at 400°F for 8-12 minutes (less time for cauliflower)
  • Cook chicken in skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, and then add buffalo sauce
  • Add cooked tater tots to greased 8×8 or 9×9 square casserole dish
  • Top with buffalo chicken
  • Then add shredded cheddar cheese and place in oven for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and melted
  • Top with pico and ranch and eat up!
  • Store leftovers in casserole dish covered with foil or plastic wrap so you can easily reheat it
  • Reheat leftovers in oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes (remove foil or plastic wrap first)
  • Serves 4-6 people

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcalCarbohydrates: 7.3gProtein: 72gFat: 21.3gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 193.3mgSodium: 770.4mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 0.3g
Keyword buffalo chicken casserole, tater tot casserole
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