Slow Cooker Meal Prep Shredded Chicken

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Slow cooker meal prep shredded chicken

This meal prep shredded chicken recipe (if you can even really call it a recipe, it’s that simple) has completely revolutionized the way I cook!

I truly don’t know why I haven’t been doing this for my entire adult life, but I really only discovered slow cooker meal prep shredded chicken a few years ago.

Shredded Chicken in slow cooker

Since then, I make it at least monthly, stock my freezer, and have access to cooked chicken at all hours to throw together the fastest weeknight dinners ever

How to make slow cooker meal prep shredded chicken

This recipe takes LITERALLY 5 minutes of active time. It could not be simpler. Throw your chicken breasts in the slow cooker, cover with seasonings and cook on high for about 4 hours (low for 6-8).

Hand pouring broth over raw chicken in slow cooker

When it’s done, drain off the extra broth (save it for use later if you want!) and shred the chicken! This method gets the chicken mouth-wateringly tender and it will shred almost effortlessly!

After it’s shredded, portion it out into 2 cup portions (I find that this amount is typically how much I will need in a recipe) and throw it in the freezer for later use.

How to thaw meal prep shredded chicken

Thawing couldn’t be simpler, it’s easiest if you remember to throw the frozen chicken into the refrigerator on the morning you want to use it, but if you forget (which I do a lot…) it’s no big deal!

Slow cooker chicken breasts take 2 minutes to season, then just set and forget in the slow cooker and you'll have tender shredded chicken to add to your meal prep all week long!

Just cut the plastic bag off and depending on what you are eating you might be able to throw it straight in (soups for example!)

If you do need it thawed and warmed, I suggest doing it on the stovetop. I add just a little water so it won’t stick and burn and heat over medium while stirring until it’s thaw.

You can also absolutely use the microwave to thaw, but I have an aversion to microwaved meat so stovetop it is for me 😉 If you do want to microwave it, just be sure to remove the plastic bag and use a microwave safe dish

How to use meal prep shredded chicken.

Shredded chicken in freezer bags

The possibilities here are truly endless! So many recipes require you to pre-cook chicken anyway, and the slow cooker is such a great way to do so because the texture ends up absolutely delicious! Here are a few recipes you could use meal prep shredded chicken for that are some of my favorites!

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What dishes would you use this shredded chicken in? I’m always up for new ideas, let me know in the comments!

Shredded Chicken in slow cooker

Slow Cooker Meal Prep Shredded Chicken

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

This slow cooker meal prep shredded chicken will revolutionize the way you cook. Take 5 minutes of active time and cook enough chicken to eat for a week! You'll love throwing together 15 minute meals all week long from this recipe


  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high heat for about 4 hours (low for 6-8)
  2. When finished, shred with two forks and portion out into 2 cup portions, freeze for later use.
  3. To thaw, place in refrigerator in the morning before use, heat over medium on stovetop, or microwave in a microwave safe bowl until thaw.


Use this recipe for any dish that calls for cooked chicken.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1/2 C
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 548mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 27g

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