Shredded Crock-Pot Chicken
This shredded crock-pot chicken is so stupid easy. It takes very little actual “me” time to prepare. It does need to cook for 4 or 8 hours, so I usually cook it overnight or during my work day. My crock-pot has a “keep warm” setting which I absolutely love.
I usually buy fresh five pound bags of chicken breast from a local farm. When I get home I weigh out and separate the chicken into two 2lb portions and one 1lb portion.
I grab my crock-pot, and throw one of the two pound portions into the crock-pot. Now time to season it! Grab Garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and sprinkle it generously on both sides of each breast. Next, grab some chicken broth. I make my own broth (see recipe here) and freeze it in silicone molds (like these) in 1/3 cup portions. I put a single 1/3 cup portion, still frozen, directly in the crock-pot. These steps literally take me less than five minutes. I put the crock-pot on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
Now this is where the fun comes into play. Once the chicken is cooked, I use a hand blender to shred the chicken in less than 20 seconds. SO EASY! Two pounds of cooked shredded crock-pot chicken ready to eat and it only took 5 minutes and 20 seconds of hands on time.
I’ll admit this chicken comes out pretty bland, but that is actually my intent! Because I like to spice it up when I throw my meals together during the week differently.
Here are some ideas of what to do with the crock-pot shredded chicken:
- Mix it with clean mayo (see recipe here) and turn it into chicken salad
- Put it on top of some sweet potatoes with some melted almond butter
- Put it on top of some rice (I use cauliflower rice) with some roasted veggies and chimichurri sauce
- Make some clean tortillas and make chicken tacos
- Make a batch of chicken veggie soup
- Add it to a baked sweet potato with some buffalo and ranch sauce
- Add it to a salad with some veggies and a clean dressing (see dressings here)
- Baby-Friendly – turn this into freezable chicken nuggets for wee ones (see recipe here)
I have even been crazy tired after a long day of working, coaching Crossfit and working out and came home and simply weighed out some shredded chicken and ate it with ketchup all by itself. I was so hungry it actually was quite good just like that.
My two year old loves this stuff. The amount of spices is just right for his pallet. He usually insists on shredding the chicken with the hand blender. This usually ends up in a big mess, but the huge smile on his face and giggles are worth the clean up. Then he starts to grab chicken and eat it using his fingers.