101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Easiest Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Easiest Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

Here is the ultra simple way to make shredder chicken for anything. Mexican, BBQ and any number of other uses. The idea and pictures are by my daughter Christine at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic. You just dump it in slow cooker with some broth and spices.

I have been "making my point the hard way" so to speak. I have shredded chicken in oh so many ways. Sometimes I cook it in an oven on a tray. Sometimes I use a dutch oven and braise in some broth with spices either on the stove top or in the oven. I guess this latter  method is similar but fussier. I now stand corrected.

Rating
OK I didn't really do it myself but I think the "I will do again frequently" applies here.

Notes: Vary the ingredients based on what you're making. So, if you're making chicken enchiladas you might add a small can of green chilies. Other times you might put a little garlic in for certain recipes.


Trim the number of skinless boneless chicken breast you need.
Dump into a crock pot the chicken, salt and pepper to taste, a bay leaf and enough broth to cover the chicken about half way. Do not cover completely. Add garlic, green chilies or other spices depending on your needs.
Cook for 4 hours on high.  Remove for crock pot. It is actually a bit hard to get out of the crock pot because it is falling apart!  Shred with 2 forks, it takes only a few minutes to pull apart.  If you made a lot of chicken you can just dump the chicken into your kitchen aid mixer and run it for a few seconds.  It pretty much immediately shreds it.



Easiest Crock Pot Shredded Chicken


Here is the ultra simple way to make shredder chicken for anything. Mexican, BBQ and any number of other uses. Dump it in the crock pot with some broth and spices. It will almost fall apart with forks or use your stand mixer if you're cooking a lot.
Ingredients
  • skinless boneless chicken breast
  • chicken broth
  • bay leaf
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
1) Trim the number of skinless boneless chicken breast you need.
2) Dump into a crock pot the chicken, salt and pepper to taste, a bay leaf and enough broth to cover the chicken about half way. Do not cover completely. Add garlic, green chilies or other spices depending on your needs. 3) Cook for 4 hours on high. 4) Remove for crock pot. It is actually a bit hard to get out of the crock pot because it is falling apart! Shred with 2 forks, it takes only a few minutes to pull apart. If you made a lot of chicken you can just dump the chicken into your kitchen aid mixer and run it for a few seconds. It pretty much immediately shreds it.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: as much as you want

Updated

December 18 2011

Dan Mikesell

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9 Comments:

At June 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM , Blogger A Happy, Jolly Girl said...

Making this right now with chicken tenders....thanks for the recipe!!

 
At June 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM , Blogger Jamie Lynn said...

Have you done this with frozen chicken breasts as well? Do you need more time? Thanks for posting!

 
At June 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM , Blogger Jamie Lynn said...

Have you done this with frozen chicken breasts? Do you need more time? What about if you wanted it on low for 8 hours? Thanks for posting!

 
At June 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Dr Dan said...

I would try it(the frozen chicken). They are fall apart tender at 4 hrs. on high. I would check them at 4 hours and maybe add a little if you think needed. Next, I have never done 8 hours on low but it should be fine.

 
At July 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM , Blogger Bambiina said...

I would not put frozen chicken in the crockpot, as it poses a high risk of damaging the crockpot's material, which is why all crockpot instruction manuals must tell you not to do this. If you are wanting to put them in the crockpot, place them in a sink full of cold water, and change the water every 15 minutes to avoid bacteria and spoil. Make sure the water is cold! Within about 30-35 minutes, your chicken will be ready for the crockpot!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM , Blogger JessieRiboli said...

just tossed in some chicken - on low ... gunna check in 6 then 8 hours. ill let ya know!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM , Blogger JessieRiboli said...

Just tossed in some chicken - on low .... gunna check at 6 hours then again at 8, ill let you guys know!

 
At September 4, 2012 at 8:23 AM , Blogger Christine Mikesell said...

I thought I'd answer the comments about doing this with frozen chicken, since I"m the one that told my dad to post about this. I have done it with frozen chicken, but my Crockpot doesn't have a ceramic insert, instead it is a metal insert. I'm not sure I'd do this with a ceramic insert, but it is fine with a metal insert.

 
At November 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Karen Briske said...

there is a Crockin' Girls website...just for slow cookers. They use frozen chicken all the time, posts all say it comes out the same as if it was thawed. Increase cooking time up to 2 hours. I am looking forward to the shredding recipe....we use shredded chicken all week long for endless options!

 

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