Crockpot Shredded Chicken (Slow Cooker)

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Servings 8 servings

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This Crockpot Shredded Chicken is easy, flavorful and a great way to meal prep for the week ahead! How to make shredded chicken including tips, tricks and shredded chicken recipes.

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  1. Tips for making this Crockpot Shredded Chicken:
  2. How to shred chicken:
  3. Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipes:
  4. How to make easy Shredded Chicken Tacos:
  5. Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe

I know, I know.

Not that interesting, right?

There’s no bacon, or cheese, or chocolate…. There’s not even any carbs 😉

But since the popularity of this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, I’ve realized that I really love storing up a collection or super practical, easy recipes for kitchen basics that will make your life a hundred times easier through the week. It was high time for this crockpot shredded chicken to join the family.

As moms and dads and adults who have a million things on our plates, this is the key.

Another lifesaving recipe? This ultra juicy Slow Cooker Chicken Breast!

chicken breasts in the slow cooker with half shredded and two forks stuck into the chicken

During the fall, my husband works 14 hour days, 5 or 6 days a week so I am all about making lives easier. With a 6 year old, 3 year old and a baby, my hands are often full at 5:00 when everyone’s tummy starts rumbling.

Having this crockpot shredded chicken prepped is a lifesaver and is so easy to stir into soups, pasta, make quick sandwiches or, hey, even add to a boxed pasta mix when times are really crazy 😉 (yes, I have a couple emergency boxes of mac and cheese in the cupboard!).

No time for the slow cooker? Check out my stovetop Shredded Chicken recipe.

Tips for making this Crockpot Shredded Chicken:

  • Don’t overcook. I know it can be tempting to leave the chicken in for a long time as you would think it would end up more tender, but that’s not always the case. You really want to be sure you hit the sweet spot between “just enough” and “dry and unappetizing”.
  • Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Avoid having to deal with skin and bones to make this crockpot shredded chicken recipe super simple. Chicken thighs will have a little more fat (flavor!) and more moisture. Chicken breasts are leaner, but also don’t pack quite the same amount of flavor as thighs. You can use one or the other or a combination! I use chicken breasts because they always turn out incredibly moist and it’s easy to add flavor 🙂
  • Know your slow cooker. When cooking 4 chicken breasts like this recipe calls for, I love using my 2.5 quart crockpot — it’s the perfect size and heats up quickly. If you’re doing more chicken than that, you’ll likely want to use a 4-6 quart crockpot. Note that if your crockpot is very full, it will take longer to heat and cook.
  • Keep the seasoning simple. You don’t want to end up with a week’s worth of single-purpose chicken (unless you do, I guess!), so by keeping the seasoning on this slow cooker shredded chicken basic, you can use it in a multitude of ways. It doesn’t scream “Mexican!” or “Italian!” or “curry!”.

How to shred chicken:

I know a lot of people like to make shredded chicken with an electric mixer or stand mixer because it shreds quickly and easily.

This is a great way to do it, but honestly? I prefer a couple of forks.

It really doesn’t take that long, and I’m all about using the least amount of dishes as possible. I really dislike washing big pots and bowls so I avoid using extra at all costs!

crockpot shredded chicken recipe in white slow cooker with two forks stuck into the meat

After simmering away low and slow, this slow cooker shredded chicken comes together (or rather, apart! Lol) with little effort. No need to pull out the big guns 😉

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipes:

So now that we have all of this wonderful, flavorful, moist slow cooker shredded chicken, the real question is what to make with shredded chicken? I love having a bunch on hand in the fridge because it is so versatile and makes weeknight meals so much easier to manage.

Here are some easy things to make with shredded chicken:

How to make easy Shredded Chicken Tacos:

If you’re wanting to make slow cooker shredded chicken tacos, simply swap the seasoning for roughly 2 teaspoons taco seasoning.

Cook and shred the chicken as the recipe calls for, and then taste and adjust the seasoning as you require. Serve with taco shells, chips, tortillas, and all your favorite taco toppings!

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Crockpot Shredded Chicken

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This Crockpot Shredded Chicken is easy, flavorful and a great way to meal prep for the week ahead! How to make shredded chicken in the slow cooker including tips, tricks and shredded chicken recipes. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8 servings
Calories 67cal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoning salt (I use Lawry’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in 2.5-4 quart crockpot. Pour in chicken broth and sprinkle with seasonings.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2-3 hours, until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F minimum) and fall apart tender.
  • Using two forks, gently pull and shred the chicken in the liquid (if your chicken has released a lot of liquid, you may want to remove some liquid before shredding, but save it in case you want to add more back in). 
  • Serve as desired or let cool slightly before refrigerating. Cooked chicken can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly sealed, for 3-4 days, or packaged and frozen for 3-4 months.

Notes

*The cook time in this recipe has been adjusted to 3-4 hours on low from the previous 6-7. I find that a lower cook time is sufficient when using 4 chicken breasts in a smaller crockpot. If you have a larger crockpot, it is very full, or you have large chicken breasts, you may still need to cook for 4-6 hours on low. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 67cal | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 221mg | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Sue says

    I made this today I am so amazed by it. So tasty and easy. I will make probably every week now. I’m so impressed.

  2. Priscilla Hodge says

    I want to cook just 2 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless) weighing about 2.5 lbs. Should I cook it for 4.5 hours on low?
    Or should I cook them longer? I don’t want them to be dried out.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Priscilla! I adjusted the cook time to reflect my new preference, which would be a shorter cook time. The cook time will depend on the size of the breasts and how hot your slow cooker is but I think 3-4 hours on low will be good.

  3. imsen says

    This is the best recipe I have found for chicken in the slow cooker. And the tip for using your stand mixer to shred it is so good! It worked perfectly. All of your tips and suggestions are great, thank you for sharing.

  4. Art Largay says

    This was an excellent recipe for chicken thighs. What I’d like to know is if this recipe would work with pheasant, grouse or quail? We have a rather unpleasant abundance of these upwardly mobile vermin around here and if there were a way to provide nourishment from them rather than just chuck their twitching semi-deceased remains into the compost pile, I’m eager to learn. Could these aviary mongrels become tomorrow’s tea supper given the magic of a slow cooker?

  5. Vicki L Malone says

    Sounds perfect! Been looking for a simple recipe for plain shredded chicken breast. When I buy chicken breast it always has a lot of fat attached. Please tell me if I leave it on to cook or trim it off. Thank you!

  6. Andrea Thueson says

    I love using this recipe as my base when making casseroles and chicken bakes! It adds the best flavor to the dish!

    • Tosha says

      I want to try this recipe but my hubby can’t have a lot of sodium and has to be careful with broth due to gout. Any suggestions for substitions?

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Tosha! I believe that the nutrition calculator in the recipe card always calculates sodium high so I don’t think the number can always be trusted. I would just make sure you choose ingredients with the lowest sodium or no sodium (broth, seasonings, etc.). When in doubt go with what you know is best for your needs.

      • Suzanne says

        You can get Herb Ox brand sodium free dry mix(comes in Chicken and Beef)
        We use it all the time add a good flavor to any recipe that calls for broth or stock.

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