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Slow Cooker Asian Pulled Chicken Nachos | @foodiephysician

Slow Cooker Asian Pulled Chicken Nachos

The Foodie Physician
Crispy tortilla chips are topped with umami-rich Asian pulled chicken, melted cheese, and pickled cucumbers in this crowd-pleasing appetizer!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8
Calories 283 kcal


Pulled Chicken:

  • ½ cup canned tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Kikkoman Rice Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced, fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Pickled Cucumbers:

  • 2 tablespoons Kikkoman Rice Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced


  • 1 bag (8 ounces) tortilla chips (I used Garden of Eatin Sweet Potato Corn Tortilla Chips)
  • 3 ounces shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

Optional garnishes:

  • Sesame seeds, sliced scallions, cilantro and extra sauce


  • Place the tomato sauce, tomato paste, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, scallions, garlic, ginger and red chili flakes in the bowl of a slow cooker and stir to combine. Add the chicken and cover with the sauce. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 2 hours.
  • Remove the chicken and place it on a cutting board. Shred the meat with two forks.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add the mixture to the sauce in the rice cooker. Cook on high for 5-10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Reserve about ¼ cup of the sauce in a bowl to drizzle on top of the nachos. Add the shredded chicken to the remaining sauce in the slow cooker.
  • To make the pickled cucumbers, mix the vinegar and honey together in a shallow bowl. Add the cucumber slices and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • To assemble the nachos, spread the tortilla chips out on a baking sheet. Top them with the cheese and about half of the pulled chicken (save the remaining chicken for sandwiches another day). Turn the broiler on and place the tray under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top the nachos with the pickled cucumbers, diced bell pepper, sesame seeds, scallions, cilantro and the reserved sauce, as desired.


*This recipe makes extra chicken and sauce (if you’re turning on the slow cooker, you might as well make a large batch)! The nutritional information just includes the amount of the ingredients used for the nachos.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.6g | Protein: 17.6g | Fat: 11.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Sodium: 382mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 7.8g
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