Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How To Make Shredded Chicken In Your Crock Pot

Making your own shredded chicken breast is easier than you think! My favorite way to do this is in my crock pot. It makes perfectly shredded chicken every time which you can use for quick recipes throughout the week.

Here's how easy it is to make:

Put the chicken breast in your crock pot, cover it with water or chicken broth if you wish so that the liquid is completely covering the chicken.

Cover and cook on high 4 hours.

Remove from crock pot and place on a dish. When cool enough to handle, shred it with two forks.

Store a container in your refrigerator to use throughout the week.

Here are some recipe suggestions for shredded chicken breast:

Chicken and Avocado Soup

Chicken and Avocado Soup
Chicken and White Bean Stuffed Peppers
Cilantro Chicken Salad
Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde



Anonymous said...

Never thought of doing chicken plain like that in my crock pot! WONDERFUL tip! And it would be easier than having to come up with a new meal each night!

Krystin said...

Great suggestion!!! Thx!

Bobbie said...

that is great information...thank you...and thank you for all you do for us...It means alot.

jediannie said...

It works great with frozen meat too, like pork or beef as well as chicken.
Thanks for sharing!

Angie A said...

Thank you!!!

anne said...

I'm going to make this now and add BBQ sauce to it later for sandwiches!!

How many points do you think are in an average chicken breast, boneless that is?

Anonymous said...

I've done this, but added Rotel. It gives the chicken a little flavor if you want it.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

You can and chipotle peppers, boullion, or use chicken broth, onions and celery, or tomatoes! As long as it's liquid and covers the chicken, you're good. It depends on what your plans for the chicken are!

Not sure off the top of my head how many points a breast is. Anyone? 3-4 oz is usually a serving size, so I breast is usually 2 servings.

Anonymous said...

Skinless chicken breast is 1pt+ per ounce.

Mrs. Petersen said...

This might seem silly but could you also cook this on low for 6-8 hours?

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Not a silly question, yes it would work just fine on low 6-8 hours.

cathy said...

Do you start with frozen or thawed chicken or does it really matter?

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

I always use thawed, but lots of people tell me they use frozen, so I guess it doesn't matter.

Covenant Lights by Dorothy said...

Thank you!

Julie uk said...

Gina, what do you do with the leftover liquid? Thanks x

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

I toss the water. I also have a recipe on my site for chicken broth in the crock pot.

fuzzika said...

Love this site! I am in the UK so sometimes have to improvise as never heard of some of the ingredients, but must say a huge thank you to you. Hubbie and I are slimming by doing our own thing and have managed to lose 3 1/2 stones between us since mid April. Thank you again x

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Good for you both!! Thanks fuzzika!

Anonymous said...

Can I use bone in breasts? Just take skin off after and discard bones, etc.??

Stacey B said...

So ... if you start with frozen, how long do you need to leave them in the crock? I'm gonna try this with some thighs and legs today.

flipflopprincess said...

I just did this with bone-in chicken breast last week. Covered with water and cooked on high for 4ish hrs. After they cooled a bit I removed the bones and skins, then shredded...worked great!

Anonymous said...

What is the amount of time in the crock if you start with frozen? I am someone who doesn't always think ahead enough to thaw. This site has been great for ingredients I usually have around and a quick meal, thank you!

Lauren said...

Okay this was too easy! I put everything in when I got home from work and also added some fresh chopped garlic, thyme, salt & pepper and a bay leaf (extra flavor!). Went about the rest of my evening until 9pm when it was ready, left it cool maybe 5 minutes and then shredded it straight into a container and into the fridge it went! This is will come in handy tonight when I make your red sauce enchiladas! Thank you Gina!

Traci said...

You can shred cooked chicken with a powerful mixer (kitchen aid is what I use.)

How many points plus is a cup of shredded chicken breast?

Stephanie said...

How many chicken breasts and how much broth do you use?

Anonymous said...

How many can you cook at a time and how long will the cooked chicken last in the fridge?

Anonymous said...

Can this be frozen and for how long?...

Bee Daba said...

I use my very large crockpot and put two packages of chicken breasts in and cover with a large jar of salsa. Cook all night and shred in the morning, still in the liquid, then pull out the shredded chicken that I need for that night's recipe and freeze the rest into several quart freezer bags. Then when I need to make fast quesadillas or tortilla soup, I just defrost or in the case of soup, just rip open the bag and throw the frozen chicken in. Genius!! (my sister)

Stephanie B said...

Do you think I could do several chicken breasts and then freeze the portion that I won't be using that week? It would be great to have some in the freezer that I can just pull out & thaw when needed.

Anonymous said...

OMG SO EASY! Thank you!

Tara said...

I use my KitchenAid stand mixer with the Flat beater to shred my chicken and it turns out perfect!

Anonymous said...

Yes, instead of using forks to shred your cooked chicken you can throw it in your mixer with your paddle attachment and put it on speed 4. Shreds the chicken perfectly in much less time and with much less mess :D

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Jessica Diane said...

Has anyone done this with dark meat? Would it be the same amount of cooking time? Also, can I just boil it in a pot for 4 hours? I don't have a crock pot...

Colleen said...

@Jessica Diane - OMG do NOT boil it for 4 hours! A boneless skinless chicken breast should be boiled for no more than 20 minutes, TOPS. I don't know about dark meat, because I don't eat it, but I can't imagine it taking much longer than that.

SMAC said...

I don't have a slow cooker - will any one do or is there certain things I should look out for in a good slow cooker? Sorry, I'm sure this is a dumb question but thank you in advance for any tips.

Hannah Bernstein said...

Get one that is programmable so that you can set it to cook for a certain amount of time without your supervision. It might be a little extra money, but it will be completely worth it. I have the Cuisinart and I love it!

Anonymous said...

You can do this faster without a slow cooker, but does require a little more tending while it cook. Put your chicken in a large pot (even frozen if you want) cover with water, throw in some flavoring if you like (garlic, onion, lime, herbs, etc) cook until chicken is done.

NY Sunflower said...

This is a genius cooking technique -- easy plus nets perfect results. I did borrow the standing-mixer-as-shredder idea from other reviewers; this proved a simple shredding method (although I found the cooked breasts could go from chicken shred to chicken dust in a heartbeat -- about 30 seconds on 4 for two breasts is plenty). I weighed the shredded goods into 8.5-ounce units and froze all but the final 8.5 ounces I used for tonight's Skinny Chicken Enchiladas (that were marvelous).

CassyK said...

This is a great suggestion, thank you!

Robin Nikolai said...

Doing this right now and then making the chicken broccoli noodle casserole for dinner tonight!

Anonymous said...

How long will the chicken stay good if you buy fresh and refrigerate without liquid immediately afterwards?

Anonymous said...

When doing shredded chicken tacos, I cover it in a can of enchilada sauce. It's perfect!

Anonymous said...

This worked great! I am working on zucchini stuffed enchiladas right now. I am really excited for the final product. I just found your we page this week; Your blog is going to be a go to site for me now! Thank you.

ShannonR said...

This is a wonderful idea. I've been trying to find ways to do more things in my crock pot so it cooks while I work. Is there a time in case you look it on low though? I'm gone most of the day and I can't be back in 4 hours to check on it. Any suggestions would be helpful thanks!

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Gerontologist said...

I love your recipes. I shred my chicken breasts with my KitchenAid stand mixer. It takes about 30 seconds.

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Anonymous said...

LOVE the simplicity of cooking chicken in the slow cooker like this! I typically add a sliced lemon to add a bit of flavor.