Shredding Chicken – Foodie Friday.

 It’s Foodie Friday which means it’s that time for another food tip, recipe, etc.
One of my pet peeves used to be shredding chicken.  You’d have to first cook it, then let it cool, then take two forks and then shred it, then clean up, OYE.  Then it always ended up tasting rubbery anyway.  It was such a time consuming, laborious process that I would just pass a recipe over if it called for shredded chicken.  
One day I happened to be making a recipe in my crock pot that called for chicken.  (The recipe went seriously awry) but I discovered my chicken was so moist and tender from cooking all day that it fell apart as I used some tongs to remove it.
Now once a month I slow cook 6-8 chicken breasts in the crock pot, shred them all up, put ’em in baggies, throw ’em in the freezer and grab a bag whenever a recipe calls for shredded chicken.  You won’t believe how easy it is to shred and how moist your chicken turns out.
Here’s my process:
I first put several (frozen or thawed) chicken breasts in a crock pot (as many as you’d like) then cover with water.  Season with whatever you want…salt, pepper, garlic…I sometimes throw onions in.  Like I said, whatever suits you.
 Turn on the pot and let it cook on low all day (6-8) hours.
Take the chicken out and let cool.  
You will be shocked how easily this falls apart with little effort.
 Within seconds your chicken will be shredded right in the bag.
That’s right, no forks needed…no cleaning up your hands or cutting board.  
It really is SO simple.
Next time you have a recipe that calls for shredded chicken pull a bag right out of the freezer and you’re good to go.



  1. You are a woman after my heart! I HATE shredding chicken, and was actually going to have to do it tomorrow night. I am SO doing this from now on.

  2. This is great! I normally make a big mess when I shred my chicken or I refuse to shred chicken because of the fact that I hate messes. Thanks for the post!

  3. I do this all the time :) It is my favorite way to freeze chicken for recipes. We get it from zaycon foods, and I do several crock pots at once. I am a crock pot chicken junkie :)

  4. What a smart way to shred the chicken!

  5. I am so glad you posted this!! I have always been so frustrated with shredding chicken too. I am excited to try this easy technique. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Do you put fresh or frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot?

  7. That’s a really good tip! Thanks!

  8. awesome tip! i love that you can use fresh or frozen, so you don’t have to waste time thawing. i’ve been thinking about prepping meat (kinda like this) to make soups/stews. also freezable! =)

  9. Thank you for this! I never try recipes asking for shredded chicken either. I will now!!

  10. Cooking chicken in the crock pot has seriously saved my life. So much easier, and your house doesn’t get that boiled chicken smell – ick.

    I usually shred mine in my KitchenAid mixer using the paddle attachment, but this is even easier…fewer dishes to wash.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Michelle, try cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot, too. You’ll save a lot of $ and still yield fall-off-the-bone chicken.

  12. who would have thunk?! Thanks for sharing, def doing this for the upcoming lunches (shredded chicken salads:).

  13. Aahhh!!! I love this! Shredding chicken gags me, so glad you shared!

  14. This helped me so much! As a struggling college student recipes for cooking, in hopes of saving money, are my saving grace!
    I adore your blog! I am a new follower :)
    Check mine out if you get a chance! <3

  15. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I had already discovered the crock pot genius for cooking chicken but your last 2 steps are just BRILLIANT!! This is right up there with the discovery of cooking Minute Rice like pasta!

  16. To shred chicken or beef or pork, I always remove the meat from the liquid and then use my hand mixer for about 10 seconds. Literally 10 seconds is all it takes to shred 8 chicken breasts. Try it and you will NEVER go back to the old fashioned way!

  17. You are brilliant!

  18. I did this the day before yesterday and it worked very well. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    Jule from inside9B

  19. Thanks everyone for your comments!
    Glad to hear it worked! Thanks for the report.

  20. another way if you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer is to cook the chicken in boiling water and then throw it in the mixer while its still hot and – Ta’Da!! The mixer does all the work for you! I will never shred chicken with a fork again.

  21. I love this! I really hate touching chicken, so this is a great solution for me! As soon as I can, I’ll be cooking up some shredded slow cooker chicken for recipes. Thanks for posting!

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