How to quickly shred chicken

how  to quickly shred chicken: learn how to save time in the kitchen with my secret weapon! Check it out at
My first recipe post! I don’t consider myself a great cook, rather I cook out of necessity as I have five hungry mouths to feed, and I’m the only one who can cook. But my blog is about helping out moms, so if I can do that in the kitchen, so be it. 

I avoided shredding chicken for years. I have this memory of me at my sister’s house with an enormous pile of steaming boiled chicken breast in front of us, and we’re struggling to transform that pile using … forks. No thanks. The enchiladas were delicious, but I’m a WAHM with three littles, one with special needs, so dinner has to be FAST! 

Then I stumbled across this obscure tip online and it made all the difference. Basically, you use your stand mixer to shred the chicken. Not sure if this will work with a regular hand beater, but I suppose it’s worth a shot. If you don’t have a stand mixer, Christmas is only a few months away! I got mine for Christmas. Kohl’s was having a great deal on Kitchen Aid mixers. 

1. Boil the chicken.

stockpot for cooking  shredded chickenBig stock pot! You can save the leftover water as chicken stock later. My freezer filled up fast so I just toss it. You can throw in either frozen or thawed chicken after the water boils. Frozen just takes a bit longer. Either way it takes about 20-30 minutes once you stick the chicken in, but I usually just check by pulling the thickest piece out and slicing it through the center to see if there’s any pink. 

Cooked chicken breast
Cooked chicken breast
2. When the chicken is done cooking, I like to let it cool a bit before sticking it in the mixer bowl. 
Using the stand mixer to shred chicken
Using the stand mixer to shred chicken
3. Beat the cooked chicken to the right consistency. 

As you can see, the standard flat beater works excellent. It takes about a minute or so for the chicken to reach the right consistency. Make sure you don’t overshred or it can take on a tunafish consistency. 

What to do with your easily-obtained crop of shredded chicken? Here’s some ideas:

1. Tacos or fajitas 

Simmer the meat in a pan with some water and taco seasoning.

how  to quickly shred chicken: learn how to save time in the kitchen with my secret weapon! Check it out at
2. Chicken salad sandwiches

3. Enchiladas

4. Chicken tortilla soup

What do YOU do with your shredded chicken? I’m always looking for yummy, easy dinner recipes!

0 Replies to “How to quickly shred chicken”

  1. This is how I shred pork for pulled pork. I love this tip!

  2. I’ve never thought to do this Great tip!

  3. OMG!!! this is perfect!!! I make shredded curry chicken all the time to go over rice or in lettuce!!! this saves me so much time!

    1. And that sounds delicious

  4. This is a very helpful tip. I use chicken in all kinds of recipes this will make those dishes much easier to prepare. Thank you.

    1. Absolutely! Thanks for reading ?

  5. What a great idea! I don’t have a stand mixer, but I may have to try it with my handheld one.

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