Make a quick batch of chicken and make one of these 25+ healthy shredded chicken recipes to have for dinner this week. From buffalo chicken wraps to baked casseroles, you can easily plan 4 weeks’ worth of meal prep with some of these recipes using shredded chicken!
One of my “go-to” recipes when stocking the freezer is shredded chicken. I know having cooked shredded chicken on hand in the freezer will make it very easy to quickly throw together a healthy recipe during the week.
Cooking the chicken is half the battle and after a long day at work, who wants to deal with handling raw chicken? Not me! I don’t even like touching raw chicken when I have all the time in the world. Yuck.
How To Meal Prep Shredded Chicken For Multiple Recipes
To make my shredded chicken “recipe ready”, I portion it out into 1 ½ – 2-cup portions.
In my experience, that is what most chicken recipes call for. That equals about 1 pound or a little more of chicken breast. However, don’t worry about exact measurements because most recipes will do just fine with about 2 cups of shredded chicken breasts.
After I portion it out, I label the bags and freeze it in quart-size freezer bags.
How To Thaw Out Frozen Shredded Chicken For Dinner
When I need the shredded chicken for a recipe, I take it out thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Most of the time, it is still a little frozen so I will warm it up in the microwave or on the stove. Of course, I take it out of the plastic bag before I do this.
Regardless, I make sure the chicken is fully thawed before using it in a recipe, and sometimes I will heat it up. It depends on the recipe. Although most soups recipes, you can just throw the frozen shredded chicken right in.
My Top 5 Basic Shredded Chicken Recipes I Use For Meal Prep Recipes
Before I get to the meal prep recipes that call for shredded chicken, let me first share my favorite shredded chicken recipes. Each recipe is made in the slow cooker and incredibly easy to prepare. Just set it and forget it!
When the chicken is done, shred it with a couple of forks, then portion out and freeze. Some of my readers share they shred chicken using there standing mixer but for me, two forks work just fine.
When I am drawing a complete blank on dinner but have a ton of chicken I need to do something with, these are the 5 recipes I turn to. They are so versatile and can be used in any recipe that calls for shredded chicken.
If you are looking for the simplest, most basic shredded chicken recipe, this is the one for you! All you really need is boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken broth, and whatever seasonings you like. That’s it!
This Mexican shredded chicken recipe is really packed full of flavor with some of our favorite seasonings.
Baked in the slow cooker with some fresh salsa and boneless chicken breasts, you’ll have salsa based shredded chicken for quesadillas and taco bowls!
Buffalo everything! This is probably my most used shredded chicken recipe. I have SO many meal prep recipes I make with just a batch of buffalo chicken. Keep reading to see my recipes!
This shredded chicken recipe is cooked with a tangy balsamic vinegar sauce. It’s delicious with some white rice or added to a quick mason jar salad!
Must-Try Healthy Shredded Chicken Recipes You Can Quickly Prepare
Here are 25+ recipes where you can use make-ahead cooked shredded chicken. However, shredded chicken can also work great in recipes that call for chopped or cubed chicken. Basically, you can use shredded chicken in any chicken recipe!
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Roasted Broccoli and Chicken Quesadillas
- Bacon Ranch Chicken Pizza
- Stovetop Buffalo Chicken Soup
- Creamy Mexican Chicken Soup
- Broccoli, Chicken, and Cheese Bake
- Chicken Parmesan Casserole
- Buffalo Chicken Chili
Healthy Chicken Recipes From My Favorite Bloggers
While I have a ton of shredded chicken recipes of my own, there are a few recipes I love to also add to my meal rotation from some of my favorite food blogs.
These are some of my favorite go-to’s:
- Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake by Emily Bites
- Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups by Emily Bites
- Chicken Fried Quinoa by Emily Bites
- Chicken Enchilada Soup by Gimme Some Oven
- Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad by Mother Thyme
- Chicken Tostadas by Slender Kitchen
- Skinny Thai Chicken and Peanut Noodles by Skinny Kitchen
- Chicken Fajita Quesadillas by Jo Cooks
These are just a few delicious shredded chicken recipes! Of course, you can also use shredded chicken for any quick salad, wrap, or sandwich of your choosing.
Having chicken cooked, shredded, and portioned out ahead of time helps the recipe come together in a much shorter time. What are your favorite shredded chicken recipes? I would love to add more to this list!