Diva Tasting: Tater Tot Pies (Chicken)

Tater Tot Pies (Chicken) 
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided
2 Pounds Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Bite-Sized Pieces
1 Cup Chopped Celery
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
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Cup Instant Mashed Potato Flakes
1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Italian Parsley
2 Pounds Frozen Bite-Sized Potato Tots Thawed
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  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.

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