How to make shredded chicken at home that is quick and easy and made right on the stovetop! The best healthy chicken that is perfect in sandwiches, enchiladas, and many other meals and recipes!
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Simple recipe for you today! This homemade shredded chicken (AKA pulled chicken) recipe comes in handy for a wide variety of other recipes and meals. The pulled chicken would be great in my Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad or even my Chicken Greek Salad Wrap Sandwich just to give you a quick few ideas. You could also add a little BBQ sauce and make BBQ chicken sandwiches. Add a little enchilada sauce and make enchiladas. Add some mayo and your other favorite ingredients and make chicken salad. And the list goes on, and on, and on! The possibilities are endless. ENDLESS!
YES you could just buy a rotisserie chicken and chop it up, but this is a lot easier to shred and if you have boneless skinless chicken breasts that you don’t know what to do with, this is for you!
There are lots of shredded chicken recipes out there. Some use a slow cooker, some boil the chicken, some roast the chicken in the oven, and I’m sure there are other methods out there as well.
I used to immerse the chicken breasts in a lot of water, bring to a boil, then simmer the chicken for a while. Although that works ok, it can tend to result in some rubbery chicken if you’re not careful.
Now I do this stovetop method which I like A LOT better. Add chicken broth to a pan along with boneless skinless chicken breasts so that the chicken is not completely covered with liquid.
Put the cover on the pan so the chicken can steam a bit as well and let it simmer for about 45-60 minutes. This method doesn’t seem to result in rubbery chicken (in my opinion…) as long as you’re careful that the broth is simmering and NOT boiling.
Once the chicken is done, let it cool slightly then put the chicken on a large cutting board. Ever wonder how to shred chicken? Shredding chicken is easy once you get the hang of it.
Using two forks, have one fork hold the chicken, and the other pull the chicken away and the chicken should shred easily. And now you should have a big pile of pulled chicken! You can also chop the shredded chicken with a knife if you prefer smaller pieces.
You now have a lot of shredded chicken for a wide variety of recipes! Let me know if you have recipe ideas. If you add some enchilada or BBQ sauce to some of the chicken, you can put it in a resealable bag and freeze for a while for a quick weeknight meal. Hope you enjoy!
Hope you enjoy!
How To Make Shredded Chicken
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Pour chicken broth into a large saucepan. Add chicken so that chicken is in single layer. Cover pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low to simmer leaving lid on pan.
- Cook about 45-60 minutes, turning chicken over about halfway through cooking. Turn heat off and let steam with lid on about 15 minutes.
- Remove chicken and place on large cutting board. Using two forks, shred chicken and use as desired.
SNAPPY TIPS: Add some of your favorite herbs and spices to the chicken broth for more flavor.
SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Instead of canned chicken broth, you could use homemade or use water.
Recipes that would be great with shredded chicken that you may enjoy: