Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

I’ve recently received several emails asking how to make the Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken I use in a lot of my recipes that call for cooked chicken, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s so simple and convenient, I often make a batch at the beginning of the week to use in recipes or in salads, wraps, sandwiches, etc. A lot of the time I just use water or broth to keep the chicken versatile, but you can also easily customize it by adding herbs, spices and seasoning to your taste. As far as nutrition information or Weight Watchers points go, you can just track the finished product by weight or volume as cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Since you discard the liquid it’s cooked in, don’t worry about whether you use broth vs water or what herbs you add unless you’re tracking sodium. That means on the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program, this chicken is ZERO points!

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Wondering how to use this Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken? The possibilities are endless! Try my Buffalo Chicken Dip, Chicken Pot Pasta, Bubble Up Chicken Alfredo Bake, Barbecue Chicken Bacon Wraps, Chicken Pesto Parmesan Pasta Skillet, Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Potato Bake, Chicken Caesar Wraps, Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells, Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad, Cheesy Chicken Veggie Pasta Skillet, Chicken Cordon Bleu Wonton Cupcakes, Chinese Chicken Wraps, Bubble Up Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake, Chicken Fried Quinoa, Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups, Chicken Pesto Flatbreads, Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole, Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake, Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake, Chicken Parmesan Wonton Cupcakes, Thai Chicken Pizza, Mexican Lasagna Roll-Ups, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Alfredo Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cupcakes and many more in the Chicken category of my recipe index!

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Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Ingredients:

  • raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I usually make 2-3 lbs at a time)
  • water (or reduced sodium chicken broth)

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken breasts in your slow cooker and add water or broth until the chicken is covered. If you’d like to add any optional seasonings or herbs, feel free. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3.5-4 hours.
  2. Remove the breasts to a cutting board and discard the cooking liquid. Shred the chicken using two forks (it should fall apart easily). You can use other methods to shred if you prefer (stand mixer on low, etc).