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Find out how to make shredded chicken 3 EASY ways! Perfect for meal prep, enchiladas, tacos, sandwiches, salads or dips! This all-purpose pulled chicken recipe is a staple!

Shredded chicken is so handy for when you want to make meals that call for cooked or rotisserie chicken, like these chicken enchiladas or Chicken salad subs–yumm! Chicken is fast to cook however poaching chicken breasts is the best method for those chunky pulled pieces of chicken. It’s super easy and there’s three ways to do it. Some methods take longer then others but I like my chicken breasts to be fork tender for easier shredding. I used the instant pot but you can make this without one. Once done you will have ready to use chicken meat and a quart of homemade broth!

How to make shredded chicken and homemade broth 3 different ways:

Three ways to make shredded chicken is in an instant pot (my preferred way), crock pot (slow but good for overnight use), and on the stove-top (good but you’ll need to use some elbow grease when shredding at a 20 minute mark.)

Shredded Chicken step-by-step:

Shredded Chicken in the crock pot:

A slow cooker is ideal for shredding chicken if your not in a rush and well planned ahead, which is why over night is best for this technique or early morning. Simply toss everything together (water, salt and chicken breasts) and set over low heat for 6-8 hours.  Shred the chicken and save the broth for some soup.

How to make shredded chicken stove-top:

To make this on the stove-top place chicken breasts in boiling salted water and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove and let meat rest, then shred. Easy and more ideal for diced or sliced chicken pieces rather than pulled chicken since this way won’t be fall apart tender.

How to make shredded chicken in the instant pot or pressure cooker:

Place water, chicken breasts and salt into the instant pot and pressure cook over high pressure for 40 minutes. This will give you fall apart chicken breasts that will be super easy to shred. My preferred method from all three.

Tips:

  • use a hand mixer to shred the chicken without any utensils.
  • season chicken breasts to liking afterwards to retain original broth flavors.
  •  If using frozen or bone-in chicken increase cooking time by 10 minute increments.

How to store shredded chicken:

Deep Freeze for up-to 6 months or keep refrigerated for up-to 4 days.

Shredded chicken yield and servings:

One chicken breast yields approx 1 cup of shredded chicken. 

How To Make Shredded Chicken

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Alyona's Cooking
Find out how to make shredded chicken 3 EASY ways! Perfect for meal prep, enchiladas, tacos, sandwiches, salads or dips! This all-purpose pulled chicken recipe is a staple!

Ingredients

Shredded Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

How to make shredded chicken in instant Pot:

  • Combine the water, salt and chicken breasts. Pressure cook over high pressure for 40 minutes. Remove and shred chicken save broth for other recipes.

How to make shredded chicken in crock pot:

  • Combine the water, salt and chicken breasts. Set crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. Remove and shred chicken save broth for other recipes.

How to make shredded chicken stove-top:

  • Combine the water, salt and chicken breasts into a medium sized pot bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove and shred save broth for other recipes.

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 129kcalProtein: 24gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 425mgPotassium: 418mgVitamin A: 34IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg

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