There tends be eye rolls when you hear "we're having chicken for dinner". But heck, I'd roll my eyes too if that were a boiled chicken breast with some frozen peas and a side of plain rice. I'm here to change the chicken narrative with my most favorite, easy and delicious chicken recipes. Take your chicken from mediocre to mouth watering in no time with these dishes so together we can abolish the statement "chicken is boring" once and for all. If you're wondering what to make with shredded chicken, find your answer here.
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About Shredded Chicken
Chicken is such a versatile protein. It's plain enough that it can take on almost any the flavors you pair it with and it's got great texture. From salads, to soups, to sandwiches and entrees, shredded chicken can easily fit into your meal prep routine.
If you're wondering what kind of chicken is best, there's no one right answer. If you've got leftover chicken breasts, shred them up and use it! Rotisserie chicken, use it! Even canned chicken, drain it and use it!
These recipes are all about flavor beyond the chicken, so whatever you have will work. So let's get on with it: here are the recipes I'm reaching for whenever someone asks what to make with shredded chicken.
Appetizers with Shredded Chicken
Chicken Wraps and Sandwiches
Entrees with Shredded Chicken
Shredded Chicken FAQs
There is no difference between pulled and shredded chicken, it's just what people call it. Both refer to chicken in fine, string like pieces.
My favorite way to shred chicken is to use a hand mixer in a large bowl. It shreds it almost instantly.
You can also pulse in a blender or food processor (be sure not to pulse too much or you'll end up with chicken crumble).
Or if you don't have any of those kitchen tools, you can also use two forks to pull the chicken apart. I like to use one fork to steady the chicken breast and the other to pull at it.
If you're baking chicken breasts (or cooking another way), let cool slightly (about 10 minutes) before shredding. If you shred it immediately, it will lose all of its moisture and juices. Warm, however, is better shredding conditions than cold, which makes it tougher to shred when the chicken muscle fibers aren't as loose.
If you have cooked, shredded chicken, add to a zip top baggie or airtight container and it'll last in the freezer for up to 3 months. I like to divide into portion sizes that I think I'll use in the future for easy thawing.
And that's a wrap on what to make with shredded chicken. If you're looking for more recipe inspiration but chicken doesn't sound great, also check out these Simple Ground Turkey Recipes that Actually Taste Good.
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