How to Make Shredded Chicken—and 7 Things to Do With It
Chicken has long been one of the world's most popular protein sources, and as inflation drives up the prices of alternatives, such as beef and pork, consumers are becoming better acquainted with the tasty bird. Sure, a rotisserie chicken can come through in a pinch on a busy weeknight and serve as the base for a few subsequent meals, but there's much more you can do with the versatile bird.
Shredding cooked chicken meat, for example, is a great way to transform a snack (like nachos) into a full-blown, satisfying meal. Additionally, adding shredded chicken to a homemade pizza or bowl of pasta is an excellent way to increase your protein intake. Keep reading to find out how to make shredded chicken and how to add it to some of your favorite meals.
How to Make Shredded Chicken
There are several ways to make shredded chicken, but our preference is the classic stovetop method. By searing boneless chicken breasts or thighs before cooking them all the way through, you'll develop crusts that'll keep the meat moist and flavorful.
- Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet (cast-iron is best) over medium-high heat.
- Season tempered boneless chicken breasts or thighs with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet.
- Let the chicken cook for about 5 minutes on the first side, making sure not to move any of the pieces around.
- Use tongs to flip the chicken to the other side.
- Add a scant cup of chicken broth or water to the pan, then cover it with a lid and let cook for 8-10 more minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. (Use an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature.)
- Turn off the heat and move the chicken from the pan to a plate or bowl, then use two forks to shred it up.
Shredded Chicken Recipe Ideas
Now that you know an easy method for preparing shredded chicken, here are several ideas for how to incorporate shredded chicken into your meals!