How to Cook Chicken in the Crock Pot for Shredded Chicken Recipes

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The easiest way to precook chicken to use in recipes that call for shredded chicken is to use your crock pot.

How do you cook chicken when a recipe calls for shredded chicken?
There are tons of recipes that call for shredded chicken and today I'm going to share with you my favorite way to cook chicken using the crock pot so you can use this chicken in many delicious recipes for your family.

There are a few ways you can cook your chicken ahead but my favorite way is to use my crock pot.  
I shared this photo yesterday on my Walking on Sunshine Facebook page and thought why not put together a quick blog post.  I use bone in chicken breasts.  You can use chicken cutlets, but be very careful you do not overcook them.  

Place the chicken breasts into the crock pot and season well.  I like to only season with salt and pepper because I'm going to season the chicken again in another recipe.

Do NOT add water.  
Just cover and set to either low for 4 hours or high for 6 hours.  Check the chicken after a few hours to make sure it does not overcook.

After four hours, the chicken is done.  Remove your chicken from the crock pot and using two forks, 
start shredding.  I like to remove the skin as well.  Your chicken is ready to use in any recipe that calls for shredded or precooked chicken.  The cooked chicken will keep well-covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or can be frozen for up to 2 months.  Wait for the chicken to cool, and store in freezer safe containers.

Do you see that liquid on the bottom of my crock pot?  That's the amazing chicken broth you can use for other recipes.

After you remove the chicken from the crock pot, pour the broth through a strainer and into another container.  You have delicious homemade broth to use in many recipes.

Broth you get when cooking chicken in the crock pot from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that call for
 precooked or shredded chicken.

Use shredded chicken to make delicious chicken enchiladas from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Chicken Tortilla Soup from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

If you can handle the poor photos, here's an oldie from the BLOG that's also our family favorite...

Shredded Chicken Recipes from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

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  1. Dear Lois, I must use the crockpot more often...this is a great idea. xoxo, Catherine

  2. What an easy way to collect all of the broth from your chicken! I may never cook my chicken in the oven again. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

  3. Great idea! I cook boneless, skinless breasts in the crockpot with barbecue sauce all the time, and we have pulled chicken sandwiches. I'll be trying this method with bone-in breasts for other recipes! :)