I’m going to be honest, I don’t really love chicken. I don’t know why and I can’t put my finger on it, but I can only eat so much plain jane chicken. However, when incorporated into a recipe with flavor, I can eat it all day long. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that most recipes with meat require you to cook it separately before hand, adding yet another step to dinner prep. Freezing pre-cooked meat is a fantastic way to shorten your time in the kitchen! This slow cooker shredded chicken is the best way I’ve personally found for handling pre-cooked chicken. Plus it’s simple and fairly quick so you can get on with your other business while it does its thing!
It’s so easy I almost feel guilty for making a whole post about it! But I use this chicken in so many recipes, and since I have to cook it at least once to make dinner, I might as well double, or even quadruple the batch so I have some ready for next time! I put 2-4 pounds of chicken tenders in the crockpot. I add just enough broth to cover the chicken, salt and pepper, and one bay leaf for each pound. Then I set it to LOW and cook for 3-4 hours.
Once it’s done it’s nearly falling apart on it’s own. I’ve seen people recommend using a hand mixer, and you can do that, but you’ll also have to wash another bowl plus the mixer head. Too much work. I like a simple wire whisk. It’s a nice way to work out aggression if your kids have been driving you crazy too! I just kinda stab and twist to break it up. After it’s nice and shredded, I turn off the slow cooker and let it sit for another 30 minutes to hour to soak up any broth that still left. At this point, I divide it into sandwich size ziploc bags, because it seems to hold about a pound perfectly, and it’s small for storing.
When you’re ready to use your chicken, just place in the refrigerator a day in advance to thaw. If you’re using this chicken in a soup you can add it as is. If you’re using in a recipe that needs more dry, you can strain off and squeeze out the remainder of the juice before using.
Always have cooked chicken on hand when you make this large batch of shredded chicken in the crockpot!
- 2 lb chicken tenders
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 cups broth
Place all ingredients in slow cooker.
Cook on HI for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 6-8 hours.
Using whisk, break up chicken until shredded.
Turn off slow cooker and allow to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour, letting chicken soak up remaining broth.
Separate and store in 2 bags in freezer.