The BEST Way to Meal Prep Shredded Chicken Breast

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This easy Shredded Chicken Breast is perfect for meal prep. Batch prep and top with your favorite seasoning and sauces for wraps, salads and sandwiches throughout the week.
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Shredded chicken in a bowl.

Shredded Chicken Meal Prep

Meal prep can be overwhelming which is why I opt for the prepping protein that I can easily turn into many different things throughout the week. This easy, boiled, and shredded chicken is my go-to. I add to bbq chicken pizza, spicy chicken adobo pitas, chicken adobo nachos, or peanut chicken noodles. Literally, anything with chicken, you can toss it in and will make your life so simple.

Simply boil chicken breasts, shred them with your hand mixer or fork, and add to recipes like Mississippi Casserole, Chicken Salad, Pot Pie Casserole, and Air Fryer Mini Tacos or mix with your favorite sauce or dressing, and add to wraps, salads, and burritos.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Only ONE ingredient with endless uses!
  • Meal prep makes the week so much easier.
  • Prep as much or as little as you want.

Ingredients:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for shredded chicken. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Raw chicken breast on a plate.

Ideas for how to use your shredded chicken

  • California Chicken Salad
  • Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
  • Mix with barbeque sauce and add to sandwiches with coleslaw.
  • Season with taco seasoning and add to tacos with grilled veggies.
  • Season with your favorite seasoning or leave pain and add to salads.

How to make shredded chicken (a visual step-by-step guide):

Step 1: prep the chicken

Trim any undesired fat from the chicken breast and place it in a large pot. Add water to the pot, enough to completely cover the chicken (image 1).

Raw chicken in a pot of water.

Step 2: boil the chicken

Boil the chicken on medium-high heat until cooked through and no longer pink, approximately 15-25 minutes depending on the amount of chicken you have to boil (image 2). The internal temperature should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer when the chicken is cooked through.

Chicken boiling in the pot of water.

Step 3: shred the chicken

Shredding chicken with a hand mixer in a bowl.

Remove the chicken from the water and place in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer or forks, shred the chicken until completely shredded (image 3).

Shredded chicken in a bowl.

To use a hand mixer simply place the mixer in the bowl and mix on low (image 4).

How to store your shredded chicken

Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 4 days. You can also batch prep and freeze the chicken. Defrost it in the fridge overnight or microwave on the defrost setting when ready to use. This makes meal prepping so much easier!

Does the chicken get dry?

Nope! I love making chicken this way as it doesn’t get dried out like you can sometimes run into when baking chicken breasts.

If you feel like your stored chicken has dried out in the fridge just simply add a splash of chicken broth to the chicken when you reheat it to allow it to soak back up those juices.

Shredded chicken in a bowl.

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Shredded chicken in a bowl.

Shredded Chicken

Danielle Lima
This easy Shredded Chicken Breast is perfect for meal prep. Batch prep and top with your favorite seasoning and sauces for wraps, salads and sandwiches throughout the week.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 123 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • water

Instructions
 

  • Trim any undesired fat from the chicken breast and place it in a large pot. Add water to the pot, enough to completely cover the chicken.
  • Boil the chicken on medium-high heat until cooked through and no longer pink, approximately 15-25 minutes depending on the amount of chicken you have to boil. The internal temperature should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer when the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the water and place in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer or forks, shred the chicken until completely shredded.

Notes

  • Use a hand mixer to easily shred the chicken. Place chicken in a large bowl to prevent the chicken from flying everywhere. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz. cookedCalories: 123kcalProtein: 26gFat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 73mg
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