How to Make Shredded Chicken (easy!!)


The step by step directions below show how to make delicious shredded chicken. I’ve included my favorite tips, several cooking methods, and the secret to quick shredding!

It can be cooked in the oven, crockpot, instant pot, or even on the stove. It’s always great to have ready to go for adding to recipes or even for making soups, salads, and sandwiches.

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Make Shredded Chicken at Home

  • Chicken is a low-fat, low-calorie, and low-carb protein that can be added to almost any main dish recipe.
  • It’s quick and easy to make at home and costs less than buying it.
  • It’s perfect for soups, salads, chicken casseroles, and more.
  •  Change up the seasonings to change up the flavor.

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What’s in Shredded Chicken?

CHICKEN: Boneless, skinless chicken breast is preferred as they have lots of meat and work well in most recipes. Boneless chicken thighs will work too.

If you have bone in chicken breasts (or split chicken breasts) remove the skin before baking and season the meat. Once cooked, remove the breast from the bone and shred as directed below.

SEASONINGS: This recipe makes an all purpose shredded chicken so we’ve keep the seasonings simple. This allows for the chicken to blend well in most recipes. Garlic powder, onion powder, and a dash of salt and pepper are flavorful and delicious.

VARIATIONS:

Swap up the seasonings with any of the following:

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How to Make Shredded Chicken

  1. Toss the chicken with a bit of olive oil and season.
  2. Bake (in the recipe below) the seasoned chicken in a covered dish with a splash of water or broth.
  3. Remove the chicken from the oven and shred per the directions below.

Shredded Chicken in a Crockpot:

  1. Place ingredients in a slow cooker along with 1 cup of broth.
  2. Cook on high for 2 ½ – 3 hours (or on low for 5-6 hours) or just until chicken reaches 165°F.

  3. Using forks or a hand mixer, shred chicken per the directions below.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken (fresh or frozen):

  1. Place 1 cup of broth or water in the bottom of an instant pot.
  2. Add the trivet and place seasoned chicken breasts on the trivet.
  3. Press “Poultry” and cook for 15 minutes if frozen and 12 minutes if fresh (timing is for 6oz breasts. Larger/smaller may need more/less time).
  4. Once done, release pressure and shred as directed below.

Other Ways to Cook Chicken for Shredding:

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How to Shred Chicken

There are many methods for shredding chicken.

For finer shredded chicken: If you shred chicken with a mixer, it will have a finer texture. Place the warm chicken in a bowl and use a hand mixer (the same one you use for creaming butter for cookies) on low speed.

Shred the chicken with the mixer just until shredded (this goes really fast, do not over-shred). This also works in a stand mixer.

For chunky shredded chicken:  If you’d prefer thicker bits of shredded chicken, use two forks (like you would shred pulled pork) or break the chicken breasts apart with your hands.

Storage and Freezing

FRIDGE: Keep shredded chicken in the refrigerator in an airtight container and use it for meal prep throughout the week. It will stay fresh for 4-5 days.

FREEZER: Make an extra batch (or three) and freeze in individual zippered bags for quick and easy meals on the go. Chicken can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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Ways to Use Shredded Chicken

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Oven Shredded Chicken

Perfectly seasoned, shredded chicken breast made in the oven comes out tender & juicy every time!

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Coat chicken with oil and seasonings.

  • Place the chicken in a baking dish with a ¼ cup of water and cover with foil.

  • Cook covered for 30-35 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove from the oven and rest 5 minutes.

  • For a thicker shred, shred chicken using two forks to pull apart the strands. For a finer shredded chicken, place warm chicken in a bowl and use a hand mixer on low. Shred until chicken reaches desired consistency.

  • Optional: Stir in some of the cooking juices if desired. This adds flavor and keeps the chicken juicy.

Slow Cooker
  • Place ingredients in a slow cooker along with 1 cup of broth or water (and herbs if desired). 

  • Cook on high for 2 ½ – 3 hours (or on low for 5-6 hours) or just until chicken reaches 165°F.

  • Using forks or a hand mixer, shred chicken per the directions above. Stir in some of the juices if desired.

Instant Pot (fresh or frozen)
  • Place 1 cup of broth or water in the bottom of an instant pot. Add the trivet and place seasoned chicken breasts on the trivet.

  • Press “Poultry” and cook for 15 minutes if frozen and 12 minutes if fresh (for 6oz breasts, larger/smaller may need more/less time).

  • Once cooked, quick release pressure and shred as directed above. Stir in some of the juices if desired.

  • Any seasonings you’d like can be used in this recipe.
  • Use any cut of chicken you’d like, bone-in chicken will require a longer cook time. 
  • Chicken shreds best when it is still warm.
  • With any cooking method, the chicken should reach 165°F on an instant read thermometer.
  • Shredded chicken can be stored for up to 5 days in the fridge or up to 2 months in the freezer.

Calories: 185, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 272mg, Potassium: 563mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 46IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword how to make shredded chicken, how to shred chicken, Oven Shredded Chicken, Shredded chicken recipe

Course Chicken, Dinner, How To, Lunch

Cuisine American

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Cookie Dough Ice Cream (No Churn)


Summertime Anytime is cookie dough ice cream season and best of all, no ice cream maker is needed!

Make this creamy, dreamy, easy recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with a No-Churn Ice Cream base and edible cookie dough chunks added in.

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An Easy Ice Cream Treat

Leave it to Ben & Jerry’s to pioneer the invention of cookie dough ice cream, circa 1984.

  • This ice cream is easy to customize, add in a swirl of peanut butter or any flavor of cookie dough
  • Turn this dessert into ice cream sandwiches by pressing semi-chilled cookie dough ice cream between two cookies (any kind) and freezing them until firm.
  • Spread semi-chilled ice cream between layers of cake for a fun, frozen celebration cake.
  • Add a swirl of fudge sauce to make it extra decadent.

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Ingredients

BASE: The base of this ice cream is super easy with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Use full-fat sweetened condensed milk for the best consistency and flavor.

COOKIE DOUGH: You’ll need some chunks of cookie dough for this recipe.

You can make your own homemade Edible Cookie Dough recipe that is egg-free and made with heat-treated flour or buy it in the refrigerator section of almost any grocery store. Try sugar cookie dough, or any flavor you like.

Variations

Try adding any of the following to the ice cream before it sets:

  • mini chocolate chips
  • toffee pieces
  • crushed OREO cookie pieces
  • coconut flakes or chopped nuts
  • raisins or dried fruit

Experiment with different extracts too; maple, banana, rum, or coconut extract. Use extracts in very small quantities as they can affect the way the ice cream sets up.

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How to Make Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Homemade no-churn ice cream is the wave of the future!

  1. Whip cream into stiff peaks.
  2. In a freezer chilled bowl, combine condensed milk and vanilla (per recipe below).
  3. Fold in whipped cream, cookie dough & mini chocolate chips.
  4. Spread mixture into prepared loaf pan & freeze 4 hours or overnight.

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Ice Cream Tips & Tricks

  • Freeze the bowl before mixing the whipped cream into the condensed milk and vanilla.
  • Let the cookie dough come to room temperature so it is easier to incorporate into the mixture.
  • Chill the mixing bowl and beaters before whipping the cream.
  • Line the pan with parchment for easy removal
  • The fastest, easiest way to crush cookies is to place them in a zippered bag and roll over them with a rolling pin.

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Our Fave Frozen Treats

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Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Freeze Time 4 hours

Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes

Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson

This easy, creamy, no-churn ice cream is loaded with pieces of cookie dough & chocolate chips!

Edible Cookie Dough (or use store bought if preferred)

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To Make Edible Cookie Dough (or use store bought)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread flour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Cool completely.

  • Beat butter and sugars with a hand mixer until fluffy. Mix in milk and vanilla.

  • Add cooled flour a little bit at a time until incorporated and the dough reaches desired consistency. You may not need all of the flour. Fold in chocolatre chips.

Ice Cream
  • Place a large bowl in the freezer.

  • Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Place in the freezer.

  • Break the cookie dough into small pieces and set aside.

  • Whip heavy cream in a bowl on medium high until stiff peaks form.

  • Remove the bowl from the freezer and add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Whisk to combine.

  • Gently fold in the whipped cream. Fold in cookie dough and chocolate chips.

  • Pour into prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight.

This recipe can be made with homemade or store bought edible cookie dough.
If making homemade cookie dough, the flour should be baked for safety. Ensure the flour is completely cooled so it doesn’t melt the butter when making the cookie dough.
Other flavors and additions can be added. Extracts should be added in small quantities as they contain alcohol and can affect how the ice cream freezes.
 

Calories: 451, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 138mg, Potassium: 179mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 946IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 149mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Course Dessert

Cuisine American

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Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce – Spend With Pennies


Nothing graces pasta or pizza better than a homemade roasted tomato sauce!

This easy sauce is made with fresh garden tomatoes (any variety works), garlic, and herbs.

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  • Roasting tomatoes for sauce brings out their sweet flavor.
  • This is a basic recipe that can be used with any kind of pasta.

Ingredients for Roasted Tomato Sauce

TOMATOES

Flavor: The best sauce starts with fresh ripe tomatoes from the farmer’s market or your garden! The flavor of this sauce is dependant on the flavor of the tomatoes you use. If the tomatoes aren’t ripe the flavor of the sauce won’t be as vibrant and fresh.

Any variety will work including grape or cherry tomatoes.

Sweetness: Red bell peppers are a great addition to the pan when roasting the tomatoes, they add both flavor and sweetness.

Short on tomatoes? If you’re short on tomatoes, a can of whole tomatoes can be added when the sauce is simmering. Gently break them up with a spoon.

SEASONINGS

This roasted tomato sauce starts with oil, garlic, and dried herbs.

If adding fresh herbs, they should be stirred in just before serving.

PASTA

Bucatini is a thick, rope-like variety of spaghetti that is hollow, allowing the sauce to cling to the inside as well as the outside.  It’s a perfect partner to homemade spaghetti sauce! Other tube-shaped pasta are penne, rigatoni, ziti, and manicotti.

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How to Peel Tomatoes (optional)

To peel or not to peel? Peeling tomatoes for sauce is not required but you may have some skins in the sauce. They’re really easy to peel with the method below. I usually peel larger tomatoes but skip peeling if using cherry or grape tomatoes.

  1. Score the bottom of each tomato by cutting a small “X” in the bottom.
  2. Drop into a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Remove the tomato with a slotted spoon & drop into a bowl of ice water.
  4. When the tomato is cool enough to handle, peel the skin off from the scored edges. Return the peeled tomato to the ice bath until all of the tomatoes are peeled.

How to Make Roasted Tomato Sauce

  1. Toss tomatoes with olive oil & seasonings and place on a baking sheet with a rim. Roast per the recipe below.
  2. While the tomatoes are roasting, cook onion in a saucepan until softened. Add the roasted tomatoes & remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened.

Toss with cooked pasta. Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese & basil (optional).

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Tomato Sauce Tips

  • Extra tomatoes and/or veggies can be added and roasted with the tomatoes (onions and bell peppers are great choices).
  • Thicken homemade tomato sauce by simmering it longer.
  • The sauce can be left chunky or blended with a hand blender until smooth.
  • Do not rinse or oil the pasta, the starches on the pasta help the sauce stick to it.
  • If the tomatoes are acidic, a pinch of sugar or some finely shredded carrot can be added for sweetness.

Storing Tomato Sauce

Keep tomato sauce in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Or, freeze in freezer bags for up to 6 months. I like to the lay the bags flat until they’re frozen then store them upright to save freezer space.

More Tomato Favorites

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Roasted Tomato Sauce with Bucatini

This pasta dish with made-from-scratch tomato sauce is so fresh & flavorful. Easy enough for a weekday meal, but elegant enough to serve at a dinner party!

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  • Preheat oven to 425°F.

  • Peel tomatoes if desired. Cut tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.

  • Combine tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, and salt & pepper on a large rimmed pan. Toss well. Roast 25-30 minutes stirring after 15 minutes. Broil 5 minutes or just until the tomato gets a little bit of char or color.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saucepan. Cook onion until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Add roasted tomatoes on the pan with any juices, broth, wine, and chili flakes. Simmer 20-25 minutes or until sauce reaches desired thickness.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Toss pasta with tomato sauce and simmer about 1 minute.

  • Serve with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs if desired.

To peel tomatoes, cut an X in the bottom of the tomato. Plunge into boiling water for 30 seconds and then into ice water. Skins will easily peel off.
The flavor of this sauce is dependant on the flavor of the tomatoes you use. If the tomatoes aren’t ripe the flavor of the sauce won’t be as vibrant and fresh. Grape or cherry tomatoes work in this recipe too.
Red bell peppers can be added to the pan when roasting the tomatoes for flavor and sweetness. If the tomatoes are acidic, a pinch of sugar or some finely shredded carrot can be added for sweetness.
If you’re short on tomatoes, a can of whole tomatoes can be added when the sauce is simmering.
If adding fresh herbs, they should be stirred in just before serving.
Thicken homemade tomato sauce by simmering it longer. The sauce can be left chunky or blended with a hand blender until smooth.
Do not rinse or oil the pasta, the starches on the pasta help the sauce stick to it.
 

Calories: 390, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 291mg, Potassium: 788mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1966IU, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword fresh tomato sauce, fresh tomato sauce recipe, how to make fresh tomato sauce, tomato sauce

Course Dinner, Entree, Pasta, Sauce

Cuisine American

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