It is no secret, we eat a lot of chicken around here. In fact Chicken is the second largest category in my recipe file. You knew Dessert was first, didn’t you? Sigh…dessert is just so wonderful and fun, a person like me is compelled to dwell on it more than I should, I suppose. But chicken! Well it’s right up there at the tippy top. I would imagine it has to do with the fact that it’s reasonably priced, low in calorie and MyHandsomeHusband isn’t a red meat fan. And so you see the plain and simple reasons for chicken being a regular visitor at our dinner table.
Anyhow, I wanted to show you my little trick for cooking shredded chicken. It is really simple, involves very few ingredients…and makes use of the crock pot, which as you know comes in so very handy when you are trying to feed a large family. Or a small family, or a middle-of-the-road -group-of-individuals. I generally make about 4 pounds of chicken at a time. Then I use half of it for that night’s dinner and freeze the other half for later. It always turns out really flavorful and moist. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see some of my favorite ways to make use of shredded chicken.
Now, let me show you how to make it happen!
SHREDDED CHICKEN IN THE CROCK POT
Time: 5 minutes prep + 4-8 hours crock pot cooking
Yield: 10 servings
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!
4 pounds chicken breasts
1 t chicken bullion granules
3/4 C water
1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
1. Grab yourself a 4-6 quart crock pot and spray it with cooking spray.
2. Add your chicken breasts to the crock.
3. Measure out 3/4 cup of warm water and add 1 teaspoon chicken bullion granules (or 1 bullion cube). Stir it around and allow the bullion to become dissolved in the water.
4. Pour the liquid over the top of the chicken.
5. Grab 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning and sprinkle it over the top of the chicken. Cover the crock pot and cook it on high for 4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.
6. When the chicken has cooked through remove it to a plate and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
7. Grab a couple of forks…
and shred the chicken all up into tasty pieces. Place it back in the crock pot and let it cook for 1/2 hour more. Use as desired.
8. Place any leftover chicken in a freezer safe Ziploc bag, with a few tablespoons of the broth from the crock pot. Freeze for later use.
Here are some great ways to use up this Shredded Chicken!