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Shredded Chicken in the Crock Pot

Having shredded chicken on hand is always a HUGE blessing for me. I make the shredded chicken in the Crock Pot and then store it in freezer baggies. This makes it so easy to use for casseroles, soups and anything I need pre-cooked chicken for! 
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Calories 1585kcal
Cost 10


  • 3-5 pounds chicken breasts or thighs
  • cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder


  • Season chicken breasts (or thighs), place chicken breasts in bottom of crockpot.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove chicken from crockpot and shred with two forks or a hand mixer in a bowl (remove it from the ceramic Crock Pot bowl.
  • Use the chicken right away in your favorite recipes.  Or, allow chicken to cool and portion into zip-top bags and freeze for up to two months.


This works out to 6-8 cups of chicken depending on how much you start with. I like to save serving sizes of about 2 cups in freezer bags. 
Cooked/Shredded chicken is good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, and in the freezer for up to 2 months.  Store in a well sealed zip-top bag. Be sure to let out the air before sealing the baggie. 
Also to note: Chicken thighs have more flavor, and are perfect to use in soups and baked dishes like enchiladas. 
I prefer to use chicken breast meat for tacos, quesadillas, wraps, things that won't be baked.