How to make shredded chicken for recipes in under 30 minutes! Flavorful, juicy, and great to have on hand for recipes!

Easy Diced or Shredded Chicken for Recipes

Course: Ingredient
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Caroline Lindsey
How to make shredded chicken for recipes in under 30 minutes! Flavorful, juicy, and great to have on hand for recipes!Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
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Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless, chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • water

Instructions

  • Preheat a large pan to medium-high and add about 1 tbsp olive oil.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and place seasoned-side down in the pan (as many pieces as will fit without overlapping). Sprinkle the facing-up side with salt and pepper. Cook for 7 minutes without moving the chicken.
  • Flip chicken over and add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water. Cover the pan and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for an additional 7 minutes, or maybe 8 if you have thick chicken breasts.
  • Remove from heat. If making chicken in multiple batches, repeat with the next batch.
  • Cool slightly, and slice, dice, or shred.
  • Divide into 1- or 2-cup portions and freeze in freezer bags for easy use in future recipes.

Notes

To shred chicken easily, put chicken into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Lock the arm down and put on the lowest stir setting. Let it mix for a couple minutes or until chicken reaches desired level of shredded-ness.