How to Shred Chicken

Shredding chicken, seems obvious, right? It should. But the thing is that if you’re shredding a lot of chicken, there are a few ways to do it that makes it easier. So, the real question is how to shred chicken fast, right?

Since I’m loyal to providing you with all the time-saving tips in the kitchen, today’s post is about how to make shredded chicken that’s moist and perfect for delicious, crowd-pleasing recipes.

Chicken is a favorite protein at my house because it’s lean and high in protein, super versatile, and the one ingredient everyone in my family can agree on! No wonder it’s often our first choice whenever we need a crowd-pleasing meal or dinner on the table fast. 

While I do love roasted and grilled chicken, one of my favorite ways to serve it is shredded. It can be added to ANY recipe; soups, salads, pastas, wraps, tacos, stir-fry, sliders- consider it the one-stop-shop for all things chicken dinner!

How to Shred Chicken

Check out some of my favorite chicken recipes here.

How to Shred Chicken 3 Ways

Bet you didn’t think there was more than one way to shred chicken? There are, in fact, three ways, and what I love about each method is they’re practical, don’t involve a lot of extra work, and yield perfectly even chicken shreds.

A little note before we start, most recipes will use breast meat, but boneless, skinless thighs are also an option and my personal favorite. Dark meat has a ton more flavor and is no less healthy than chicken breast, so yes, do join the dark side.

Okayyy, now that’s over- on to the best ways to shred chicken!

1. Shred Chicken by Hand
Obviously, this would be the first method I mention. It’s been around for hundreds of years, and it’s a no-fail way to shred chicken. Make sure the chicken is at room temperature before you start- we don’t have time for 1st-degree burns- then use your fingers to pull the chicken into shreds gently.

2. Shred Chicken with two Forks
This is my go-to method because you can use it on hot or cooled chicken and there’s a minimal mess on your hands. Start by securing a chicken piece with one fork and using the 2nd to pull the meat away.

How to Shred Chicken

3. Shred chicken with a hand mixer or stand mixer
I know your eyebrow just went up at this one, especially if you didn’t watch the video above. But hear me out with this one.

How to Shred Chicken

That kitchen gadget you use for cupcakes can also make some killer chicken shreds in a hot minute. It’s a great way to shred 3 to 4 whole chicken breasts fast, plus its hands-free and kinda’ fun!

What is the Best Way to Shred Chicken?

The answer is entirely up to you! All three methods are convenient and get the job done. If you’re looking for the quickest method, the hand or stand mixer is your best choice, and you can shred a lot of chicken quickly making this method perfect for meal prepping.

More Tips for Moist Shredded Chicken

The key to moist, shredded chicken isn’t in how you shred it but how it’s cooked.

1. Room Temperature Chicken
You’ll want to use chicken that has been thoroughly cooked and at room temperature, any hotter, and you’ll burn your fingers, any colder, and it will be tough to shred. Room temperature is the sweet spot and creates the best texture.

Below I included a no-fail recipe to cook chicken you purposely intend on shredding, but you can use any sautéed, baked, grilled, or chicken you have on hand.

2. Slow-Cooked Chicken
Slow cooker chicken recipes like this one are a great way to make shredded chicken dishes, and thanks to the sauce, you don’t have to worry about it drying out.

3. Rotisserie Chicken
If you’re short on time, a store-bought rotisserie chicken will be your best friend. I get them from my local grocery store, and they’re always perfectly seasoned and moist. I can also use the leftover bones to make homemade broth for soups, chilis, and stews.

How to Shred Chicken

Best Recipes Using Shredded Chicken

image: three side by side photos of recipes made using shredded chicken

Now, let’s talk about the real reason you’re here- shredded chicken recipes! I don’t blame you, and shredded chicken is an easy way to pack on the protein and make delicious meals like the ones below.

Shredded Chicken Tacos Recipes

We all know the real reason to make shredded chicken- tacos! Of course! It’s my favorite protein to tuck into a tortilla and top with all my favorite drizzles and cheese, here are my favorite shredded chicken taco recipes:

If you liked this post, then you’ve got to check out this post on chicken dinner ideas. It has everything you need to know about baking, grilling, and slow cooking chicken plus 40+ recipes. There’s something for everyone.

How to Shred Chicken

How to Shred Chicken

How to shred chicken fast so you can get more meal prep recipes done in less time!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Category: How to
  • Cuisine: Lunch/Dinner
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt & black pepper, for seasoning
  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/41 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, cook for 5 minutes on one side and flip.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and cover with the skillet lid. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F for breasts and 175F for thighs.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside onto a plate. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Using your hands, 2 forks, or a hand-mixer, shred the chicken to desired texture.
  6. Use chicken as desired or freeze in storage containers for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 138
  • Sugar: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 411.2mg
  • Fat: 5.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Cholesterol: 67.2mg

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