Slow Cooker Chicken Banh Mi

Recently my friend Holly cooked Banh Mi for us, and then all of a sudden I was seeing this dish everywhere from restaurant menus to food magazines (isn’t it funny how that happens?). Or, clearly, I just wasn’t paying enough attention before. :) So, after some experimenting, I’m excited to share my own super easy version of this Asian-inspired dish made in one of my all-time favorite kitchen appliances, my slow cooker!

Once the meat is done, there are many ways to eat it, but it’s typically served on a sandwich (using a baguette or banh mi bread, but regular sandwich bread works as well). And it’s often topped with pickled veggies and a mayo sauce as well. Since my kids aren’t very fond of pickled veggies (they aren’t quite into the vinegar flavor just yet!), I served ours with shaved fresh veggies instead. I found this helpful article that explains all the different ways to build your Banh Mi sandwich. No matter what – have fun with it and enjoy this tasty dish!

Banh Mi Sandwich on 100 Days of Real Food

I had the chance to share this recipe on the Charlotte Today show as well … here’s the clip!

Slow Cooker Chicken Banh Mi

Slow Cooker Chicken Banh Mi

I'm excited to share my own super easy version of the Asian-inspired dish Banh Mi made in one of my all-time favorite kitchen appliances, my slow cooker!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
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Servings: 4 servings



  • Place the sliced onion in the bottom of the slow cooker and put the chicken thighs on top.
  • Whisk together the sesame oil, lime juice, garlic, honey, and spices and pour over top. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Shred chicken with two forks and mix into the sauce with the onions. Serve on a sandwich with pickled or fresh veggies. More serving ideas here.


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Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Banh Mi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 423mg18%
Potassium 371mg11%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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23 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chicken Banh Mi”

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for our dinner last night and it was a hit with all. I served it on a Trader Joe’s organic French baguette – cut into sandwich sized pieces. After reading several other online recipes for this, we used a small amount a mayo on our bread along with thinly sliced cucumbers and pickled carrots. I cooked the meat in my crockpot on low for 6.5 hours.

    To pickle the carrots I grated 2 large carrots and then mixed them with 3T @ rice vinegar, water and sugar. I let them sit in my refrigerator all afternoon. The original recipe I followed for the pickled carrots also called for 3/4 tsp of salt, but I omitted it and did not miss it.

  2. 5 stars
    I know nothing about Banh Mi but this looked yummy so I tried it. It turned out great. I don’t actually have a slow cooker but I used my instant pot, with frozen thighs I cooked on high pressure for 22 minutes. It was fall apart tender and juicy. I had to add a cup of chicken broth (necessary for a pressure cooker), so at the end I removed the chicken and reduced the sauce. Thank you for such an easy and inexpensive idea.

    1. I think that there wouldn’t be that much of a time difference since the pieces of meat are so small so I would just go for the time in the recipe and check if the meat is cooked properly at the given time. Or, at about half time, stir the pot to make sure there are no lumps of meat clinging together and increasing the cooking time.

    1. I want to know if I can use a pressure cooker, too! I think you’d need to add a touch more liquid. I’d saute the onion first. I bet it would take less than 12 minutes at pressure to cook.

      Someone who knows more about pressure cooking – please let us know what you think!

  3. Any recommendations for pickling veggies? Particularly pickling them to have Asian inspired flavors that would go well on the banh mi.

    1. I have several Bahn Mi recipes. One of them gives directions as follows for the pickled vegetables:
      In a small pot, bring 1 cup white vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 cup water to a boil; pour over vegetables (1 small, thinly sliced cucumber; 1 small, peeled & ribbon-sliced carrot; 3 thinly sliced radishes) and refrigerate until pickled (1 hour). These are added to the sandwich along with bean sprouts, cilantro, & sliced jalapenos. Could use daikon radish & cut it & the carrot into matchsticks instead for a more authentic Asian flavor/look.

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