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slow cooker bbq chicken nachos recipe

I hope that you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was low key and just how I like it. I stayed in my pj’s and cooked all day. The kids sat at the kitchen table and hung out with me and played Legos as I worked. AND everyone got along. No fighting over whose turn it was for anything. It was a Mother’s Day miracle!

I shared a post on my thoughts on what it takes to be a “good mom” over at breehester.com. I’d love it if you would stop by and say hello.

We eat a ton of chicken at my house. It is one of the few things that everyone eats. It is also one of the things that I always buy organic. It is important to me that we eat organic chicken, but can be really expensive.

I have found the best way to get the most bang from my buck is to cook it in the slow cooker and shred it. I buy a few packages of chicken, season it well, and let it cook on LOW until it is falling apart. I take it out and shred it, and it is perfect. Obviously, you do not need to use organic chicken for this to work, I’m not debating organic/non-organic, just telling you why I started doing this.

I use it in soups, enchiladas, pasta, sandwiches, salads, everything. I make a lot, and freeze it in bags and can just pull it out of the freezer when I need a quick dinner.

I made Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce for Dixie Crystals and I love it. It takes 15-20 minutes to make and is so good. I was going to make chicken sandwiches, but I saw the chips in the cabinet and knew that nachos needed to be made instead. I made a version similar to my favorite BBQ chicken pizza and these were amazing. I had not made nachos in ages, and these were a welcome surprise.

slow cooker shredded chicken

Organic chicken breasts (I usually do 6 at a time)
Borsari salt or any seasoned salt you like
Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce
Corn chips
Shredded cheddar cheese
green onions
red peppers
sour cream
cilantro

slow cooker shredded chicken recipe

Season chicken generously, on both sides, and place in the slow cooker insert.

slow cooker shredded chicken recipe

Cover, and cook on LOW for 4 hours.

slow cooker shredded chicken recipe

After 4 hours, the chicken will be cooked through and tender. There will also be some juice and fat. I pout it out. I use tongs to take the breasts out and put them in a bowl.

slow cooker shredded chicken recipe

Use the tongs to shred the chicken. It should come apart with little effort. You can also use a stand mixer, use the paddle and 30 seconds later, you have shredded chicken.

slow cooker shredded chicken recipe

I add the chicken to freezer bags, and label with the date, and I have chicken ready for soup, tacos, pasta, anything you like.

bbq chicken nacho recipe

To make the nachos, I toss about 1 to 2 cups of shredded chicken with barbecue sauce. Add a layer of chips and top with half of the chicken. Add cheese, peppers, green onions, and cilantro. Add another layer of chips and repeat. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream.

BBQ chicken nacho recipe

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos

Ingredients

  • Organic chicken breasts (I usually do 6 at a time)
  • Borsari salt or any seasoned salt you like
  • Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce
  • Corn chips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • green onions
  • red peppers
  • sour cream
  • cilantro

Instructions

  1. Season chicken generously, on both sides, and place in the slow cooker insert. Cover, and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  2. After 4 hours, the chicken will be cooked through and tender. There will also be some juice and fat. I use tongs to take the breasts out and put them in a bowl. Use the tongs to shred the chicken. It should come apart with little effort. You can also use a stand mixer, use the paddle and 30 seconds later, you have shredded chicken. I add the chicken to freezer bags, and label with the date.
  3. To make the nachos, I toss about 1 to 2 cups of shredded chicken with barbecue sauce. Add a layer of chips and top with half of the chicken. Add cheese, peppers, green onions, and cilantro. Add another layer of chips and repeat. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream.
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13 Responses to Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos

  1. kelley says:

    I’m such a sucker for a plate of nachos. Give me a cold beer and I’m a happy mama! I make shredded chicken in the slow cooker too- such a lifesaver on busy nights when I need a quick dinner!

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  3. Christy says:

    That looks amazing!!! Do you mind me asking where you purchase your organic chicken? We live in a small town and they don’t sell it here. I didn’t know if a Costco might have them. Thanks!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you! I buy Bell and Evans brand at Whole Foods. But, we have also lived in very small towns. I usually could find it at my regular grocery store and if not, the butcher would order it for me. You can buy it online and I know that Costco carries it.

  4. Camille says:

    I absolutely LOVE nachos, and I am totally going to try these! They look awesome!! :o)

  5. Ginger says:

    Looks delicious! When I cook pork or chicken for bbq in the crock pot I use two forks to shred it. Works great :)

  6. Denise | TLT says:

    Somehow I’ve never been interested in a slow cooker. That is, until I saw this post. How delicious and comforting does this dish look! Bookmarking this and definitely thinking about buying a slow cooker myself.

    • bakedbree says:

      Really? I use mine all the time. I was such a slow cooker snob too. It pained me to buy one and now I can’t imagine life without one. If it weren’t for my slow cooker, we probably wouldn’t eat during the week. :)

  7. OH my I could so stress eat these right now. They look fantastic.

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