Kitchen Tip: Perfect Shredded Chicken (made easy!)

I have hesitated writing this post because maybe everyone knows this or already does it this way. Not sure. But, I do know that when I was first married, which is when cooking & baking became something I was really interested in, I had no clue about anything. I still remember some pretty awful dinners that I made. One of the things that I remember being so confused about was ‘shredded chicken’. How do I get it shredded? How should I cook the chicken? Hopefully, this post can do the same for someone, like it did for me all those years ago. I cook my chicken this way and I think it is the best & easiest way.

I have seen a lot on Pinterest about using a KitchenAid stand mixer to shred the chicken (once it’s cooked). I tried it and I did not like it because it basically beat the poor chicken to a pulp. Instead of having nice thick, long shreds I ended up with baby food looking chopped mush. Now that we have that nice visual 😉 let’s move on to the shredded chicken.

Kitchen Tip: Perfect Shredded Chicken (made easy!)

– I prefer to use fresh chicken when I cook it to be shredded. I think it turns out more moist and shreds better.

– When you pour in the entire can of chicken broth you may think it’s too much. Like the chicken is swimming in the broth. This is how the chicken will be so moist. A lot of the other ‘recipes’ for shredded chicken say just to put it in the crockpot with nothing else; it dries out and becomes tough if you do not put lots of liquid in with it.

– I always (always!) use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

– Once shredded, it can either be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days (I sometimes even do 4) or put into a freezer safe Ziploc bag and stored in the freezer. Nice thing is, it thaws fast when you take it out. Not like beef where you have to remember to take it out like 2 days before.

– Whenever chicken is on sale, I always buy a couple extra, bring it home and cook it, shred it, and then portion it out and put some in the freezer and keep some in the fridge for that weeks menu plan.

Kitchen Tip: Perfectly Shredded Chicken (made easy!)

Ingredients

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (4-6 pieces)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth (or bouillon + water)
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Spray Crockpot with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts in the bottom.
  2. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  3. Pour can of chicken broth into the sides of the Crockpot. Do not pour directly on top of the chicken because then the salt and pepper you just sprinkled on will wash off into the broth. We want the chicken seasoned well so it has taste.
  4. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  5. Take chicken out, one at a time, put onto plate and with a fork in each hand, shred the chicken.
  6. Voila! Perfectly moist, chunks of shredded chicken.

Notes

I do not recommend cooking on high. It is usually to high a temperature for the fresh, delicate chicken and can turn it tough and chewy (that is what I have found anyway)

Every Crockpot is different. Mine seems to be really hot, so I only need to cook the chicken for 3 hours. If yours runs at a lower temperature, you may need to cook for 4 hours or longer.

I also do not recommend using the reduced sodium chicken broth. We want our chicken to taste good, not bland.

This will roughly make 6 cups of shredded chicken. Since most recipes call for 2 cups shredded chicken, I make 3 portions of 2 cups each.

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Do you shred your chicken a different way? Let me know how you do it. I love getting new ideas & sharing tips. See you again soon!

♥ Jessica

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Comments

  1. Anne says

    I cook chicken breasts also to make shredded chicken to add to chicken enchiladas and tortilla soup and other recipes. On Pinterest I learned the easiest way to shred the chicken after it was cooked was to put it in my kitchen aid mixer, with the paddle attachment, and turn it on for like 30 secs. Just watch it because I have shredded it too much very quickly.

    • Together As Family says

      I always love having shredded chicken on hand. I’ve seen that kitchen aid way of shredding the meat, but I always make it go too long and then it like minces it. I also don’t like having to clean the big kitchen aid bowl 🙂 If I have lots of chicken that I am cooking to shred, I use the paddle attachment way. SO much quicker and easier 🙂 Thanks for the comment, I always love hearing everyone’s ideas!

    • Together As Family says

      Thank you Anne! I will go look at that. I love that blog by the way. Did you know she just wrote a book, I have not read it but I’m sure it’s great!

  2. Anne says

    I love her blog, too, so many great ideas!! I’ll have to check out her book. Yes, the chicken shreds quickly with the mixer and I’ve minced it, too. Got to watch it and go slow. I also boil my chicken in a pot with water, carrots, garlic salt, whatever flavoring and then when the chicken is done, I drain the fluid off for homemade chicken broth. Your blog is great and I’ll have to keep trying more recipes!

    • Together As Family says

      Thank you so much Anne! Your way of boiling the chicken sounds great. So much flavor and then homemade chicken broth….. yummy!

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