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Shredded Chicken Recipe (Super Easy!)

Learn how to make shredded chicken that's easy, fast and flavorful. This is my favorite method for making shredded chicken. Watch the video above to see how easy it is to make!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make shredded chicken, shredded chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 158.7kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat and place the chicken in the skillet. Season the top of the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, then use tongs to flip the chicken.
    Chicken breasts searing in a pan.
  • Add the chicken broth, cover the skillet with a lid and cook for 7-10 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees fahrenheit. You can easily measure this with an instant read thermometer.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and shred the chicken. There are two ways to do this - you can use two forks to shred the chicken or you can place the chicken in the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment on the stand mixer, lock the tilt-head down (if you have one) and increase the speed to 2. The chicken will be instantly shredded in 15 seconds. If you'd like extra moist chicken, you can add any remaining liquid from the pan to the shredded chicken and toss to combine.
    Shredding chicken breasts in a stand mixer.
  • Use the shredded chicken in your favorite recipes or freeze in storage containers for future use.
    Shredded chicken in a bowl.

Video

Notes

  • If you have a tilt-head stand mixer make sure to lock the tilt-head, otherwise it will bounce up when it hits the chicken.
  • These are the storage containers I use when making a large batch of shredded chicken.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of recipe | Calories: 158.7kcal | Protein: 24.8g | Fat: 5.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 64mg