When a recipe calls for shredded chicken, it always seems like a lot of work to cook and shred the chicken, that it really is tempting to just get a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to use in the recipe. As I was planning today’s dinner, I had chosen a recipe that called for shredded chicken and I remembered once that someone had recommended boiling the chicken so I thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t sure how boiled chicken would turn out, but it ended up being tender, tasty and a super easy way to prepare the shredded chicken I needed for my recipe.
Have you ever boiled chicken?
Easy Shredded Chicken
- In a high-sided skillet, place chicken breasts in a single layer.
- Season the top of each breast with salt, pepper and onion powder.
- Pour chicken broth or water over the breasts, it should fully cover the tops of all of the chicken.
- Heat over high heat until boiling, then reduce to simmer and cover.
- Continue simmering for 15 minutes or until internal temp. reaches about 170 degrees F.
- Remove chicken from the broth mixture and shred using two forks. It should shred easily.
- If you need broth for your recipe, you can drain the broth used to cook the chicken and reuse it so it doesn't go to waste.