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Shredded Chicken

Shredded Chicken is one of the best items to make ahead and store.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Freezer Meals, Meal Prep


  • 1 large pot or dutch oven


  • 3 pounds chicken breast usually 2-3 boneless, skinless breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Place chicken breasts, salt, and pepper in a large pot.
  • Fill with about 4 cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat and let boil for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the chicken breasts do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • After 20 minutes, internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.
  • Drain water from chicken.
  • Shred the chicken using 2 forks to pull the chicken breasts apart and shred the meat. I love to use a mixer for this- it makes it way easier and faster!
  • Once cooled, divide your shredded chicken into 3 separate containers. This can be used immediately, placed in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, or frozen for up to 3-6 months. When you are ready to use the chicken, simply pull it out and start making your favorite dish or soup!