Crockpot shredded chicken is the perfect make ahead recipe. It will give you tons of possibilities and its prepared in the slow cooked with very little work. This recipe makes quick dinners so amazingly easy.
Things just seem to get busier and busier no matter how hard I try and busy leads to not having 30 minutes to cook dinner or time to shop for ingredients. That lands us in a drive thru. I didn't realize how much we were having fast food until we looked over our statements. It was like every other day for 2 weeks.
That is when I decided I had to take more time to pull together some make ahead items. So that way, on those insanely busy days I could still manage dinner and feel good about it. I have made this make ahead crockpot shredded chicken recipe 3 times in the last month and I have to tell you it has come in handy so many times, I can't even count.
This Saturday we spent all afternoon and evening at the park. Munchkin and her friends were riding mini ATV's, Chad was flying his drone and playing frisbee with the guys and I was taking in some mommy time and holding down the fort while I got in some great conversation with friends.
Before we knew it, we couldn't see 5 feet in front of us and it was almost 8 o'clock. So, we headed home and unloaded the crew. I had a hungry group on my hands and nothing planned for dinner. I reached in the fridge and pulled out a container of shredded chicken and whipped up some of the best sandwiches we have ever had.
Try These Tasty Ideas:
- Serve shredded chicken on a sandwich with cheese. Add to a pasta salad or a vegetable salad for an easy dinner.
- Toss shredded chicken with barbecue sauce for a quick and easy BBQ shredded chicken sandwiches.
- Add to Simple Italian Style Mac and Cheese for a fabulous hot dinner in 20 minutes.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Crockpot Shredded Chicken
SERVES 20 | ACTIVE TIME 15 Min | TOTAL TIME 6 Hours 15 Min
5 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
4-6 Quart Slow Cooker
Add chicken to crockpot and top with remaining ingredients. Stir and cover. Cook 6-7 hours on low or 3 hours on high. After 5 - 6 hours (or about 2 1/2 hours on high) use 2 forks to pull chicken apart and submerge into cooking liquid. If chicken does not pull apart easily it is not ready to pull apart. If this happens. Allow 30 minutes to cook and try again.
Taste and add an additional 1/2 teaspoon salt IF NECESSARY (it will depend on how salty your chicken stock is). Allow to cook 1 more hour on low (1/2 hour more on high).
Serve and enjoy or portion out for future use.
COOK'S NOTES: Portion in 12 ounce packages (which is about 1 pound pre-cooked weight) to use in quick recipes.
Add whatever spices you like. A teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes is fabulous. A tablespoon dried parsley adds great flavor.
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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