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How to make shredded chicken

Discover a quick and easy method for cooking flavorful shredded chicken using a stand mixer. Make meal prepping easy!

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How to make shredded chicken

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How to make shredded chicken - Quick and Easy!

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Discover the easy way to cook shredded chicken with our simple recipe using a stand mixer. Perfectly suited for those with diabetes and anyone seeking low-carb options, this dish offers a quick solution for meal prep and versatile cooking options. Whether you're a beginner cook or a seasoned chef, our step-by-step instructions ensure success every time, making it easier to enjoy delicious, protein-packed meals that fit your dietary needs.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Tutorials
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Net Carbs 0 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • salt and black pepper
  • olive oil spritzer
  • cup chicken broth


  • Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
    Top view of chicken breast on a plate seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, spritz with olive oil. Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes without moving.
    Top view of raw chicken breast cooking in a skillet.
  • Use tongs to flip the chicken breasts. Lower the heat slightly to medium-low, then add the chicken broth to the skillet.
    Top view of chicken breast cooking in a skillet, seared golden brown and seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Cover the skillet with a lid and cook for an additional 7-10 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F/74C when measured with an instant-read thermometer.
    Top view of chicken breasts in a skillet cooked with chicken broth.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and transfer it to a plate, let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Using two forks or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, shred the chicken into small pieces.
    Top view of removing cooked chicken breasts from a skillet to a plate.

Using a stand mixer

  • If using a stand mixer, place the cooked chicken in the mixer bowl. Lock the tilt-head down (if applicable) and set the mixer to speed 2. Shred the chicken for about 15 seconds until finely shredded. For extra moisture, add some of the remaining liquid from the pan to the shredded chicken and toss to combine.
    Top view of shredded chicken breast in a stand mixer bowl.
  • Use the shredded chicken immediately in your favorite recipes, such as tacos, chicken chili, or shredded barbecue. Alternatively, allow the chicken to cool completely before storing it in freezer-safe containers for future use. Enjoy!
    Side angle view of shredded chicken in a large while bowl.



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  • Choosing chicken: Opt for boneless, skinless chicken breasts for a leaner option or chicken thighs for a juicier result with slightly more fat.
  • Cooking temperature: Ensure the skillet is heated to medium heat before adding the chicken to achieve a nice sear without burning.
  • Measuring chicken temperature: Invest in an instant-read thermometer to accurately measure the internal temperature of the chicken, ensuring it’s fully cooked and safe to eat.
  • Resting chicken: Allowing the chicken to rest for 5 minutes after cooking helps retain moisture, resulting in tender and juicy shredded chicken.
  • Shredding methods: While using a stand mixer is efficient and quick, traditional methods like using two forks also work well. Choose the method that suits your preference and kitchen equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this shredded chicken recipe Keto?

Yes! Cooked chicken breast has zero carbs. If you’re following a Keto diet, chicken breast is a great option to pair with side dishes that are higher in carbs to balance the meal and make sure you stay within your target carbohydrate goals.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, shredded chicken is naturally gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: Shredded chicken can be made ahead of time and stored for future use. Prepare the chicken according to the recipe instructions, then allow it to cool completely before storing.
  • Storing leftovers: Store any leftover shredded chicken in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Ensure the chicken is cooled to room temperature before refrigerating to maintain its freshness.
  • Freezing instructions: To freeze shredded chicken for longer storage, place it in freezer-safe containers or resealable bags. Remove as much air as possible before sealing to prevent freezer burn. Label the containers with the date and contents for easy identification. Frozen shredded chicken can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat: Reheat on the stove or in the microwave on low heat until fully warmed. Add a splash of chicken broth or water to prevent it from drying out. Stir occasionally until heated through.

Additional Details

Cooking at home can be a rewarding experience, especially when it comes to preparing meals that are not only delicious but also fit well within a diabetes-friendly diet. In this guide, we’ll explore how to make shredded chicken—a versatile protein option that can be used in a variety of dishes. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting out in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow.

Shredded chicken has been a staple in many cuisines around the world for centuries. Historically, it was a way to make the most of leftover poultry, ensuring that no part of the bird went to waste. Over time, shredded chicken has evolved into a versatile ingredient used in a wide range of dishes, from tacos and sandwiches to soups and salads.

Details about ingredients

The beauty of shredded chicken lies in its simplicity. To make this recipe, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts: Opt for lean, boneless, skinless chicken breasts for a low-fat protein option.
  • Olive oil: Use a small amount of heart-healthy olive oil for sautéing the chicken.
  • Salt and black pepper: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper to enhance their flavor.
  • Chicken broth: Adding chicken broth to the skillet helps keep the chicken moist and adds depth to the flavor.


While the basic recipe for shredded chicken is delicious on its own, there are endless variations you can try to customize the flavor to your liking. Consider adding herbs and spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or dried herbs like thyme or rosemary for an extra burst of flavor. You can also experiment with different cooking methods, such as grilling or slow cooking, to achieve different textures and flavor profiles.

Serving pairings

Shredded chicken is incredibly versatile and pairs well with a wide range of dishes. Here are a few serving ideas to get you started:

  • Tacos: Use shredded chicken as a filling for tacos, along with your favorite toppings such as salsa, avocado, and cheese.
  • Salads: Add shredded chicken to salads for a protein boost. It pairs well with leafy greens, vegetables, and a drizzle of vinaigrette.
  • Sandwiches: Use shredded chicken as a filling for sandwiches, wraps, or sliders. Add lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments for a satisfying meal.
  • Soups: Add shredded chicken to soups and stews for added protein and flavor. It’s a great way to bulk up a meal without adding extra carbs.

Benefits for people with diabetes

For individuals with diabetes, maintaining stable blood sugar levels is crucial. Shredded chicken is an excellent protein option that can help keep blood sugar levels steady when paired with low-carb sides such as vegetables or whole grains. Additionally, chicken breasts are a lean source of protein, making them a heart-healthy choice for individuals looking to manage their weight and reduce their risk of heart disease.


  • Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes after cooking to retain its juices and ensure tender, juicy meat.
  • Experiment with different seasonings and cooking methods to customize the flavor of your shredded chicken.
  • Store any leftover shredded chicken in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze for longer storage.

Making shredded chicken is a simple and delicious way to incorporate lean protein into your diabetes-friendly diet. Whether you’re using it in tacos, salads, sandwiches, or soups, shredded chicken is a versatile ingredient that can elevate any dish. By following these easy-to-follow tips and variations, you’ll be able to create flavorful shredded chicken meals that are both satisfying and nutritious.

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