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shredded chicken made in the crock pot

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! 
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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. 


Calories: 1585kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 291g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 871mg | Sodium: 4768mg | Potassium: 5259mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 6mg