The Best Shredded Chicken

The Best Shredded Chicken Recipe! Quickly make flavorful shredded chicken for all of your favorite recipes!
Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

After I quickly shared the best way to shred a bunch of chicken on Facebook, I realized not many people know about this trick! I really didn’t think shredding chicken (or any meat) in a stand mixer was a secret tip, but I am happy to share how you do it…and my secret for perfectly cooked, full flavor, juicy chicken breasts in 20 minutes.

It has taken me years to find the perfect method for shredded chicken…

Crock Pot: The first method I tried was in the crockpot, but I had to use so many ingredients to give the chicken flavor. Plus, the texture wasn’t always the best. It also took so long and I always had to plan ahead.

Oven Roasted: This is better than in the crockpot, but it still takes a while. I used to do the parchment paper trick where you pat the parchment paper directly on top of the chicken. It worked pretty well, but still took 45 minutes to roast.

Stove Top: THE BEST. So much flavor, incredibly fast and the chicken stays so juicy. All you need is chicken, olive oil, salt, pepper and a little chicken stock/broth. Oh, and 20 minutes (including shredding time).

Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

Heat a large skillet (non-stick if you have it, but for photos I did a stainless so you could see the step by steps better) over medium-high heat. Add a healthy drizzle of olive oil.

Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

Place your already seasoned (just kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper) chicken breasts top side down. Let cook for 5 minutes without moving.

Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

Lower the heat just a smidge to medium heat and flip the chicken breasts. Add 1/3 cup chicken stock or broth.

If your chicken stock simmers away completely, just add a splash more as needed.

Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

Insert your thermometer and cover pan with lid. Let cook until thermometer reaches 165°F. This takes about 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts.

note – I consider the thermometer to be one of the most important steps. I do not have an expensive one – a cheap one will do just fine – but it makes a world of difference. Perfectly cooked chicken every.dang.time. 

Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

Once your chicken has reached 165°F – remove the pan from the heat. Take out the thermometer probe and keep the lid off. Let the chicken cool for about 5 minutes.

Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

Once slightly cooled, toss your chicken breasts into your stand mixer with the standard paddle attachment.

I have the larger size stand mixer and it can handle up to 10 large chicken breasts at a time…so the standard size can probably do about 5 at a time.

Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

Set your stand mixer on level two and let it go until you reach your desired consistency. WATCH CLOSELY! It only takes seconds to shred!

For my tastes, it takes about 30 to 45 seconds depending on how many chicken breasts I am shredding.

Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!Best Shredded Chicken Recipe: This method is the easiest and most flavorful way to make shredded chicken to use in other recipes! Plus, it only takes 20 minutes and you can make enough to freeze!

And there you go, that’s how I make tons of delicious shredded chicken in 20 minutes!

P.S. You can easily freeze this shredded chicken in freezer ziploc baggies for quick weeknight dinners. 🙂

 

The Best Shredded Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock/broth

Directions:

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil.
  3. Place chicken breasts top side down. Let cook for 5 minutes without moving.
  4. Lower the heat just a smidge to medium heat and flip the chicken breasts. Add 1/3 cup chicken stock.
  5. Insert your thermometer and cover pan with lid. Let cook until thermometer reaches 165°F. This takes about 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts. (If your broth simmers down completely, add just a little more as needed.)
  6. Once your chicken has reached 165°F - remove the pan from the heat. Take out the thermometer probe and keep the lid off. Let the chicken cool for about 5 minutes.
  7. Once slightly cooled, toss your chicken breasts into your stand mixer with the standard paddle attachment. I have the larger size stand mixer and it can handle up to 10 large chicken breasts at a time...so the standard size can probably do about 5 at a time.
  8. Set your stand mixer on level two and let it go until you reach your desired consistency. WATCH CLOSELY! It only takes seconds to shred and can easily over shred if you walk away. For my tastes, it takes about 30 to 45 seconds depending on how many chicken breasts I am shredding.
  9. Enjoy your shredded chicken in tons of recipes or freeze it for later!

 

Now that you are going to have some ready to go, here are some of my favorite recipes using shredded chicken:

Southern Chicken & Biscuits

Chicken Pho

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

White Chicken Chili

Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Roasted Poblano, Corn & Chicken Soup

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas