Disclaimer: This page may include affiliate links. I may earn a small commission from some of the brands mentioned here. Click here for more info.

When I was a newlywed five years ago (!) I was struggling with easy, fast dinner recipes. I work full time and I run out of ideas (and energy) to make a meal 7 days a week. I posted a quick “please give me your favorite recipes!” post on Facebook, and on that wonderful day, I received one of my favorite tips EVER. For easy shredded chicken.

I was told that if I could make a batch of shredded chicken at the beginning of the week, I would be able to have enough cooked chicken for 2-4 meals that week, depending on how much I used per recipe. Personally, I dislike either boiling chicken or cooking it on the stove, for a recipe. This way, I would have the prep done for meals that week!

IMG_2313

I buy a bag of frozen Tyson chicken tenderloins or breasts. (I like the tenderloins because they have less fat and gristle.) I can usually find a 3 pound bag for about $8.99 at my local grocery. I just empty the bag of chicken into my crockpot and turn it on all day (either on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-10). I don’t add any water because it creates enough liquid – and I don’t add any seasoning because it’s so flavorful when it’s done. Think rotisserie chicken flavorful.

(Just for the record, it isn’t the safest to cook chicken straight from frozen – but I am lazy. I do try to thaw it if I have time.)

IMG_2314

When it is done, I have a soupy bowl of cooked chicken. See all those white globs? Those are all fat. It’s super easy to scrape them off and collect all the breasts (or tenderloins) into a container. (The crockpot is super easy to clean too).

IMG_2317

I have heard the tip about shredding the chicken in your mixer. I am sure it is awesome and people swear by it! But, I don’t own a mixer (shock) and so prefer just my two little forks :). 30 seconds – and it is shredded!

IMG_2318

What do I make with my chicken? Everything! I use it to make Mexican (burritos, taco salad, tacos, enchiladas, Mexican Pizza, Mexican Casserole), Asian (stir-fry, my favorite Pad Thai mix), Paninis, Stuffed Peppers, Broccoli and Chicken Casserole, Soups, My Five Minute Mexican Feast, Chicken Salad, Pasta Salad, Salad with Chicken and Vegetables – pretty much anything!

IMG_2319

(Another tip? Do the same with a few pounds of ground beef! Cook it all in the crock pot and then save it for all your meals that week.)

Any other favorites with shredded chicken? Please share your tip!


Make Your Week Easier with these Deals that Keep Me Going

LeTote - I know the last thing on your mind is new clothes for you. But, seriously? When was the last time you shopped for yourself? Do you even have time to think about new fall clothes? Let me tell you what I do. I rent my clothes with Le Tote. Yep. I pick out a few outfits every month, wear them, LOVE them, and then send them back. Their prices are super cheap, and I don't have to buy anything. If you are pregnant, their maternity clothes are AMAZING. Get a free tote here and love your FREE CLOTHES!  
 
EveryPlate - I know every mom in the world is talking about Hello Fresh - but let me tell you why EveryPlate is better and cheaper than Hello Fresh. EveryPlate provides fresh family-friendly meals right to your door - but for less than $10/serving. Their meals are the same as other providers, but they use less packaging (yay saving the environment!) so they can charge less. They also offer fewer meals per week with a wider rotation, so we never get sick of the same meals! I have used them for MONTHS, and we have loved every single meal. Stop meal planning today and try EveryPlate this week with a $20 discount. Click here to get you first box at $1.66/serving!  
 
KiwiCo - Are your kids staying home this school season? Do you need something to keep your littles busy for HOURS? You need to get KiwiCo Activity Crates for your kids every month. These boxes teach your kids, provide 2-3 activities per month, give you a free storybook, and entertain your kids for under $20/month. We have loved them for years. Seriously, make this school year easier for you with KiwiCo.  
 

Latest Posts: