It is a crazy week. I’m talking double cra-cra with laundry coming out of my ears, a dirty house, a trip on the horizon and packing to looking forward to. So lots of cooking is not on the agenda. I need something fast, easy, healthy and that will feed us for a few days. That means it’s Chicken Time Chicken Time Chicken Time 💃
In the past when a recipe called for pulled or shredded chicken, I use to get instantly sad. BOO an extra step of cooking and shredding chicken? Lame-O 😩 But then I saw the light… the Slow Cooker light!
Making chicken in the slow cooker is cake. Easy peasy and totally doable on the busiest day. Yep it’s true! I throw the chicken in the slow cooker in the morning and then go on with my day. A few hours later, the chicken is perfectly cooked and ready to be shredded.
Now the shredding part, I also do not like. That is when I enlist my pal Julia, aka our trusty Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, to do the work. With the paddle attachment hooked up, Julia shreds the chicken for me! Oh Happy Days! (no stand mixer, no worries, a hand mixer works too!)
With my shredded chicken ready, the possibilities are endless. BBQ chicken sandwiches, cheesy chicken and spinach quinoa bake, soup, quesadillas, tacos, buffalo chicken sandwiches, even add some to my broccoli and cheese wild rice casserole… Tonight we are going with chicken enchiladas.
Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker (Shred it with a stand mixer!)
Serving size: makes enough for 2 dinners for 4 people for sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas. You can get away with more dinners if used in pastas, quinoa bake, etc, when the chicken is not the main ingredient.
*Notes: I use chicken thighs because they have a little bit more fat and thus will be juicer and tastier. However breast work just fine too. Use what you have.
- 2 lbs boneless, chicken thighs (skinless chicken breast)*
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 cup chicken broth
Trim some of the excess fat off the chicken, if any. Place all ingredients into your slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.
Once cook time is up, remove chicken from slow cooker and place in a large bowl. Attached the paddle on your stand mixer or prep your hand mixer. Turn the mixer on at about a 2 speed for 30 seconds to a minute. Keep an eye on it because it shreds quickly! Feel free to also use the 2 forks method to shred away.
Use the chicken right away or stored in a sealed container and refrigerated for 3-4 days or freeze it for up to 2 months.