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Nov 06

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

I’ve recently received several emails asking how to make the Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken I use in a lot of my recipes that call for cooked chicken, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s so simple and convenient, I often make a batch at the beginning of the week to use in recipes or in salads, wraps, sandwiches, etc. A lot of the time I just use water or broth to keep the chicken versatile, but you can also easily customize it by adding herbs, spices and seasoning to your taste. As far as nutrition information or Weight Watchers points go, you can just track the finished product by weight or volume as cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Since you discard the liquid it’s cooked in, don’t worry about whether you use broth vs water or what herbs you add unless you’re tracking sodium. 

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Wondering how to use this Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken? The possibilities are endless! Try my Buffalo Chicken Dip, Chicken Pot Pasta, Bubble Up Chicken Alfredo Bake, Barbecue Chicken Bacon Wraps, Chicken Pesto Parmesan Pasta Skillet, Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Potato Bake, Chicken Caesar Wraps, Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells, Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad, Cheesy Chicken Veggie Pasta Skillet, Chicken Cordon Bleu Wonton Cupcakes, Chinese Chicken Wraps, Bubble Up Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake, Chicken Fried Quinoa, Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups, Chicken Pesto Flatbreads, Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole, Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake, Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake, Chicken Parmesan Wonton Cupcakes, Thai Chicken Pizza, Mexican Lasagna Roll-Ups, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Alfredo Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cupcakes and many more in the Chicken category of my recipe index!

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Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken


  • raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I usually make 2-3 lbs at a time)
  • water (or reduced sodium chicken broth)


  1. Place the chicken breasts in your slow cooker and add water or broth until the chicken is covered. If you’d like to add any optional seasonings or herbs, feel free. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3.5-4 hours.
  2. Remove the breasts to a cutting board and discard the cooking liquid. Shred the chicken using two forks (it should fall apart easily). You can use other methods to shred if you prefer (stand mixer on low, etc).

5 Responses to “Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken”

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    Mary Beth — November 7, 2017 @ 9:09 am

    Once it’s cooked and shredded, do you think it will hold up to freezing in individual portions? That would be great for putting together a quick weeknight stir-fry!

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    peggy — November 7, 2017 @ 9:58 am

    Thanks for the easy recipe! How long does it keep in the fridge after you cook it?

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    Michelle — November 7, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

    Having the shredded chicken made ahead is such a great time saver. Instead of using the slow cooker, I poach several pounds at a time and then shred and divide into 2 and 3 cup portions, the amounts I use the most. They go into labeled and dated quart size freezer bags and I’m set for a while. Lately, I’ve been making your Bubble Up Chicken Alfredo once a week…..delicious! Tonight, it’s your Bubble Up Pizza Casserole. Both are often requested here, even by my non-WW husband!

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    jacqueline — November 13, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

    Mary Beth I freeze mine in individual servings and it holds up great. Perfect for work lunches.

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    April — November 14, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    I place the cooked breasts in the mixing bowl of my Kitchenaid mixer and shred it with the dough hook.

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