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The Best Way To Make Shredded Chicken

shredded chicken in the slow cooker

Want an easy way to make shredded chicken? This shredded chicken in the slow cooker is the best method for the job. There are so many recipes that call for shredded chicken. You could buy a rotisserie chicken, but stocking up on some frozen shredded chicken is a real time saver.

The many uses:

BBQ chicken sandwiches
Pizza topping
Chicken pot pie
And much more

Having shredded chicken ready to go makes dinner prep so much faster. Slow cooking the chicken helps to keep the chicken very moist and not dried out at all. You can strain out the broth and save for a later use.

Shredded chicken in a bowl
The method

All you need to do to make shredded chicken in the slow cooker is put it all in the slow cooker and let it cook. When it’s done, just shred it, and freeze any you are not using right away. Be sure to shred the chicken while it is still hot. It will shred much easier than when it is cooled.

It is best to portion out what you are freezing in separate zip top bags so you don’t end up with a big block of frozen chicken. Then you can just pull out a bag to defrost when you are ready to use it.

shredded chicken close up
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Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

The easiest way to make juicy shredded chicken in the slow cooker. A real time saver for meal prep.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cups shredded
Calories 431 kcal


  • 6 lbs Chicken Breasts, about 5 large
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder


  • Put chicken in the slow cooker and pour in broth. Sprinkle on the seasonings.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred with 2 forks while it is still hot.
  • Use right away or freeze in 1-2 cup portions for later use.
  • Strain out broth and save for later use. Can be frozen as well.


Calories calculated for 1 cup shredded chicken.
Keyword Chicken