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Crockpot Shredded Chicken

Crockpot Shredded Chicken

Crockpot shredded chicken is the easiest, most basic recipe every busy person should have in their meal prep arsenal. This post will cover everything you need to know about cooking delicious, flavorful, and juicy shredded chicken in the crockpot. I’ll also talk about the best cooking times, seasonings, the best way to shred chicken, how to store and reheat it, along with my favorite shredded chicken recipes. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot shredded chicken, how to make shredded chicken in crockpot, shredded chicken recipes crockpot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 168kcal


  • 3 4-6 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts about 1.5 - 2lbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth can use water


  • Start by placing the chicken breasts onto the bottom of a 5 1/2 - 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Combine the seasonings and then sprinkle on top of the chicken breasts.
  • Pour chicken broth over the chicken breasts. The broth should cover half of the chicken. Add more broth if needed.
  • Tightly place the lid on and set the slow cooker to cook on low heat for 4-6 hours or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place it into a bowl. Shred the chicken using two forks, or a hand mixer. Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker to the shredded chicken.
  • Use in your favorite shredded chicken recipe.


How to Store and Freeze Shredded Chicken 

Store - shredded chicken can be store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Glass containers work best to keep cooked chicken fresh.
Freeze - shredded chicken, can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Freeze into 1 ½ - 2 cup portions to have ready for recipes.
Reheat - If you can, thaw chicken overnight in the refrigerator. You can also reheat the chicken in the microwave. Place the frozen chicken, or thawed chicken, in a microwave-safe dish and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated. 


Calories: 168kcal | Protein: 31g | Fat: 4g