Not owning any diamonds of my own, I’m here to say that slow cooker shredded chicken is a girl’s best friend.
Yes it is!
Nothing makes me happier than to open my refrigerator when I’m desperate with a “what am I going to make for dinner” panic, to find a bowl of already prepped shredded chicken.
It’s the perfect meal protein starting block! A whole WORLD of possibilities can come from simple shredded chicken. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to showcase three recipes that are great for you back-to-school parents, busy working professionals, and devoted meal prep’ers. Sneak peek at what’s coming up:
Three totally different flavor profiles, three dinners your family will love, and three meals that you’ll find are really simple to whip up.
The key to making meal prep a healthy, not overwhelming, pleasant experience is to try and thread the same ingredients through multiple meals. Last week we talked about how Basic Cauliflower Rice is a great meal component to make in advance, and in bulk. As you’ll see in two out of the three dinners above, cauliflower rice and shredded chicken work well together.
This week, let’s turn our kitchen’s attention to chicken! I can’t stress how ridiculously simple this recipe is. While I’ve outlined some thorough instructions for both a slow cooker and a stovetop method below, here’s the crockpot reader’s digest version:
Sprinkle 5-6 lbs (12 breasts) of chicken with a little salt & pepper. Plop them all in your favorite slow cooker, cover with water or broth, put a lid on, and let it cook on medium for 6-8 hours. When it’s done, pull the chicken from the broth and effortlessly shred with two forks.
That’s it, folks! Pretty simple way to meet your week’s protein needs.
I hope you find this recipe as useful as I do!
Yield: ~12 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Directions: