The Easiest Way to Make Perfect Shredded Chicken

How to Make Shredded Chicken: 4 Steps

  1. Place seasoned chicken breasts or thighs in a large pot.
  2. Cover with 1 inch of water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer
    for 8-16 minutes, depending on the size and number of chicken pieces.
  4. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer (165°F). Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.

Shredding the Chicken

Hand mixer: Use a hand mixer on low speed to shred the chicken quickly and easily.
Forks or fingers:
Shred by hand with forks or use your fingers once the chicken is cool enough to handle.

Uses for Shredded Chicken

  • Mexican dishes: enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas
  • Pasta salads

  • Chicken salad
  • Green salads
  • Frittatas
  • Chicken wraps
  • Casseroles

  • Spaghetti squash boats
  • Chicken soup


  • Refrigerate: Up to 4 days in an airtight container.
  • Freeze: Up to 2 months in heavy-duty freezer bags.

Benefits of Making Shredded Chicken at Home

  • Lower in sodium and fat than store-bought chicken.
  • Can choose the type of meat (white or dark).
  • More cost-effective.

Yield and Serving Sizes

  • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken yields about 4 cups of shredded chicken.

  • 1 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast yields about 1 1/3 cups of shredded chicken.
  • Plan on 1/3 to 1/2 pound of uncooked boneless chicken per serving.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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