Shredded chicken is the base of many fast weekday meals. Make shredded chicken in your crockpot with little time or effort to use all week in your family's favorite recipes.
Keyword Meal Prep
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 3hours
Total Time 3hours15minutes
Author Kim Hardesty
3poundsboneless skinless chicken breasts
1cupsalted chicken broth(or 1 tsp chicken base with 1 cup water)
2tbspfresh lemon juice
salt and pepper
2tbspbutteror olive oil
Cut the onion into slices, crush the garlic cloves and distribute both evenly over the bottom of the slow cooker. Squeeze in the juice of the lemon and pour the chicken broth over (add the rind, too!). Add the bay leaves and cloves to the crockpot.
Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper and place on top of the other ingredients. Dot with butter or drizzle with olive oil. Place a piece of parchment directly on top of the chicken breasts to prevent drying.
Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
When chicken is done (at least 160 F), remove it to a separate dish and tent with foil for 10-15 minutes to cool before shredding with two forks or your favorite method. Add some of the cooking liquid to the chicken if it needs additional moisture.
Makes approximately 8 cups of shredded chicken.
Freeze any extra shredded chicken in an airtight container or zip bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.