Shredded chicken is an essential meal prep ingredient! Here is a simple way to make and prepare Easy Cooked Shredded Chicken! Includes 8 delicious recipes for shredded chicken.
If there is one ingredient that saves me the most at dinner preparation time, it would definitely have to be cooked shredded chicken on hand and ready to use. If you have it prepared ahead of time, dinner planning is easier than ever, because it’s easily added to soups, stews, and casseroles. I have to admit though, I used to hate the process of shredding chicken, but I have tried a new method and now I swear by it! I use a stand mixer. Read on!
Use a stand mixer to shred:
I’m sure you’ve seen various videos and posts about this method, you may have even seen one of my recent Instagram stories where I showed how it works. Basically all you have to do is cook chicken breasts ahead of time, then once they’re cooked, you add them to a mixing bowl and use the paddle attachment on a stand mixer to shred it. Once it’s shredded you can portion it and freeze it for when you need it!
Or use forks:
If you don’t have a stand mixer, or don’t wish to use it to shred chicken, you can shred cooked chicken using 2 forks. It’s as simple as pulling the cooked chicken apart using forks.
Watch how to shred cooked chicken the easy way!
Here’s 9 second video I made just to give you a quick idea of how to do it:
Shredded Chicken Tips & Tricks
- Chicken: Use boneless skinless chicken breast.
- Storage: Once the cooked chicken is cool and shredded you can store it in the refrigerator for meals for the upcoming week. Or freeze portions it in airtight container or ziplock bags. I split mine into 4 containers for easy portioning.
Recipes with Shredded Chicken:
Now that you have all that cooked shredded chicken, what are you to do with it? Here are 8 of my favourite recipes:
More delicious ideas for
Using Shredded Chicken
How to make Cooked Shredded Chicken:
Before you shred chicken, you need to cook it! I’m sharing a simple oven roasted method to make tender and delicious chicken breasts. Seasoned chicken is wrapped tightly in a foil package where it steams in its juices. This recipe makes a batch of 8.
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I hope you try this shredding method, it really is so easy! You’ll love having shredded chicken in your freezer to help you at meal times. Enjoy.
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