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Five Ways To Cook Shredded Chicken for Recipes

Shredded chicken is one of my favorite things to keep on hand for easy meals and today I am sharing five ways to cook shredded chicken.

Five Ways to Cook Shredded Chicken

Anytime I post about cooking and freezing chicken ahead to use in recipes, I get a lot of questions about how I cook and freeze it. I decided it was time to finally do a post on it.

I love having cooked and shredded chicken on hand for using in soups, on salad, in casseroles, and for simple Mexican type meals like tacos or taco bowls.

Chicken Bacon Salad

There are many ways to cook chicken. Today we are covering the five ways I usually cook it. The Instant Pot, slow cooker, grill, oven, and on the stove top. All five ways work great, but I usually use my slow cooker or Instant Pot. They usually work best time wise and I find them the easiest to do. The grill, oven, and stove top take a little more hands on work.

Shredding Meat the Easy Way

Now let’s talk a few tips for getting the best shredded chicken.

  1. Any boneless skinless chicken like chicken breast, tenders, or thighs work. I like to use a combination of boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs. I think it gives it the best flavor and texture. But use what you like or find on sale.
  2. The amount of time you cook the meat will vary depending on the size and cut of the chicken. I put approximate times down, but be sure to fully cook the chicken. You want an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  3. To shred the meat you can simply use two forks. When I make a large batch though I often put it in my Kitchen Aid mixer. It shreds it very quickly. You do have to be careful not to mix it too much. If you over mix it the texture is not great. My family calls it cafeteria style meat when I mix it too much in the mixer. It doesn’t take long to shred it this way, which is why I love it for a large batch.
  4. When freezing the chicken be sure to let it cool completely. I put it in zip top freezer bags and then put it in the refrigerator for a few hours to let it get cold before freezing. This will help prevent freezer burn.

Below are five ways to cook shredded chicken for using in recipes.

Five Ways to Cook Shredded Chicken

 

 

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