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.
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).
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!
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.
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!
- Poppyseed Chicken Casserole
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken and Barley Stew
- Shredded Chicken Taco Salad
Here are even more possibilities from some of my good friends in the blogging world
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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!
- 3 lbs chicken breasts, thaw
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 tbsp homemade seasoning salt (as an alternative use 1 tsp salt, 1tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion poweder and 1 tsp pepper)
- Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high heat for about 4 hours (low for 6-8)
- When finished, shred with two forks and portion out into 2 cup portions, freeze for later use.
- 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: 142 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 73mg Sodium: 548mg Carbohydrates: 0g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 27g