Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe

Stacey Mebs | Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Crockpot Shredded Chicken is great for soups, salads, and tacos. You'll be so happy to have this on hand!

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Photo

So my recipe for you today is barely even a recipe. It's so simple I'm not even sure I can call this a real recipe. 

But I'm sharing it anyways, because I was pretty happy when I discovered this super simple way to make cooked, shredded chicken in the crockpot. I use this method all the time, both to use the meat right away in a recipe that calls for cooked chicken, as well as to freeze for future fast and easy meals. And I figure there are plenty of people out there that still haven't discovered this, so here you go.

This is definitely the best way to make shredded chicken (in my humble opinion). It's beyond simple.

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Picture

Place a couple (or 3 or 4 or however many you want) chicken breasts in the crockpot, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and add some chicken broth. That's it. Wait a couple hours, shred it up with a couple of forks and you're good to go.

So easy.

I make this crockpot shredded chicken on both the low and high settings in my slow cooker, and haven't noticed a difference in the results. I base it on how much time I have. It turns out well either way.

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Image

The cooked, shredded chicken also freezes beautifully, so I tend to make a double (or triple) recipe every time I make this so that I can store some in the freezer for super quick meals on those busy weeknights.

A few of our favourite recipes to use this crockpot shredded chicken in are this buffalo chicken pizza, this 30 minute chicken noodle soup, or this curried chicken salad.

And I’m pretty sure that we need to use some of this batch to try out this nacho chicken dip recipe!

Are you tired of the dinner routine?

Stuck in a rut or looking for fun new recipes to try?

Our Facebook Group is growing every day! If you haven’t joined yet, we invite you to come check it out and join the fun.


You can ask for recipe ideas, talk about cooking techniques, or get help figuring out the right new pan set for you. If you’ve already joined, invite a friend along!


Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, about 2 or 3
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Stock, or water
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Place the chicken in the crock of your slow cooker and season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the chicken stock or water and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken to a plate or shallow bowl and shred with two forks. It shreds most easily when done immediately while it’s still hot. Use the shredded chicken immediately in any recipe calling for cooked chicken, or freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


  • This recipe can easily be increased to make more at once. I usually make as least double this and then freeze some of it to have on hand for quick meals.


Cooking Method:
Slow Cooker
, , , , ,
Related Recipes:
Lunch Recipes, Easy Recipes, Easy Dinner Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Slow Cooker Recipes, Make Ahead Recipes
Recipe Yields:
6 servings
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Total Time:
Related Post:
Author: Stacey Mebs
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 240 minutes
Total Time: 245 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 13
Calories 74

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 186mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Stacey Mebs

About Stacey

Stacey loves to Bake. Eat. Repeat. so much that it inspired the name of her blog. With three young kids at home, she's become an expert at packing lunches. Say hello to our Lunchbox fanatic!

Show Comments