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29 Shredded Chicken Recipes

These Shredded Chicken Recipes are easy dinner ideas that are perfect for meal prep because they all start with easy shredded chicken (Instant Pot and Crockpot recipes included).

shredded chicken recipes collage

I’ll admit, when I was young, newly married, and childless, I hated leftovers.

Cooking was something I loved, and if I made a huge batch of something and was then forced to eat it for days on end? Not something I looked forward to!

But these days my tune has changed.

With three kids 6 and under, I have a little less time to spend slaving over a 2 hour dinner recipe with 18 ingredients, and I definitely appreciate having dinner prepped or at least certain ingredients already prepped in the fridge when 5:00 rolls around.

That’s where these Shredded Chicken Recipes come in.

Shredded Chicken is such a great thing to have prepped ahead because of how versatile (and delicious!) it is!

It really goes with anything, and you can add more or less seasoning or other sauces depending on what you want to do with it.

It’s lean, it’s healthy and high in protein — basically, it checks all of my boxes!

I’ve included two different ways to make chicken for these shredded chicken recipes — in the Crockpot and in the Instant Pot. These are my favorite ways to make tender, juicy shredded chicken without any babysitting a pot.

From there, the options are endless!

How to make Crockpot Shredded Chicken:

crockpot shredded chicken pulled chicken

This Crockpot Shredded Chicken recipe is one of my most popular recipes, and for good reason.

It’s moist, juicy and perfectly seasoned! It’s flavorful but not overpowering so it really goes with anything.

Find my Crockpot Shredded Chicken recipe here.

How to make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken:

This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is perfectly moist, perfectly seasoned, and it freezes perfectly for your weekly meal prep! The easy way to cook Instant Pot chicken breast for shredding, from fresh or frozen! It's a healthy addition to soups, salads, pastas or sandwiches throughout the week. #chicken #dinner #recipes #instantpot #pressurecooker

This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is much the same as my slow cooker recipe above, but made with lightning speed!

Pressure cookers make shredded chicken so, so easy and still super juicy, so if you have one, it’s really a great option for meal prepping.

Find my Instant Pot Shredded Chicken recipe here.

How to shred chicken:

I guess I’m a little old school this way, but I prefer to just use two forks and pull it apart.

There are lots of people who use a hand mixer or stand mixer, and just get in there and it’s shredded in a minute or less, but I find the chicken turns to mush and is super fine.

I like to shred my chicken with forks because I can make the chunks as big or small as I want, and keep some of the texture of the chicken (so you can see it actually is chicken!).

You do you 😉

And now what to do with all of that delicious chicken! Here’s your dinner inspiration for the week ahead:

*Though many of these recipes call for raw chicken, it’s easily replaced with precooked chicken which will save you loads of prep and cook time!

Shredded Chicken Recipes:

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos (shredded chicken tacos)

instant pot chicken tacos close up

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

creamy chicken noodle soup in two mugs close up

Creamy Dill Chicken Salad

creamy chicken salad two sandwiches stacked on white plate

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili recipe

instant pot chicken chili overhead in white bowls with blue rim and blue towel

Chicken Rice Soup

scoop of chicken rice soup close up in dutch oven

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Nachos

bbq chicken nachos in skillet on parchment paper on wooden table

Instant Pot Chicken Tortellini Soup

instant pot chicken noodle soup in white bowl overhead on grey background

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

crockpot spaghetti with chicken with metal scoop pulling spaghetti out of slow cooker

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

bbq chicken quesadillas close up on white plate with parsley garnish

Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

creamy slow cooker chicken noodle soup in white bowl with blue rim on marble background

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

slow cooker chicken and rice in white crockpot with carrots and peas

Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash

chicken alfredo spaqhetti squash boats in white baking dish with fork stuck in filling

Italian Chicken Tortellini Skillet

italian chicken tortellini skillet on white plate with fork on the side

Chicken Enchilada Pizza

chicken enchilada pizza sliced close up on wood background

{Slow Cooker} BBQ Chicken Chili Mac

slow cooker bbq chicken chili mac in grey bowl with fresh parsley bunch in the background

Chicken Alfredo Quesadillas

chicken alfredo quesadillas on grey plate with fresh parsley sprinkled

Chicken Verde Enchilada Bake

chicken verde enchilada bake with spatula scooping out a piece

One Pot Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

one pot chicken chow mein with metal tongs scooping some out of pan

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

buffalo chicken sweet potatoes close up with fork cutting into one

Healthier Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Bake

healthier creamy chicken spaghetti bake in white baking dish

Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

pesto chicken noodle soup in white soup bowl overhead

Thai Peanut Chicken Flatbread

thai peanut chicken flatbread sliced with fresh cilantro

Chicken Broccoli Braid

chicken broccoli braid sliced close up on grey background

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

mexican chicken and rice casserole in white baking dish

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

mini chicken pot pies held in hand with bite taken

Chicken Alfredo Garlic Bread Pizza

chicken alfredo pizza on french bread slices on wood cutting board

Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

buffalo chicken tater tot casserole in cast iron skillet

Creamy Chicken Fajita Chopped Salad

chicken fajita chopped salad in clear glass bowl with wooden spoon stuck in

Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos

spicy chicken tacos overhead in glass baking dish on blue background






Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Tiffany says

    See – NOW – I have a problem with this list! I really don’t appreciate it either!! I STILL don’t know what to do with my shredded chicken for dinner tonight because all these recipes look amazing and my mouth is absolutely watering! Thank you for all these great ideas! I printed several and can’t wait to try them!

  2. Nellie Tracy says

    Great compilation of shredded chicken recipes. Some of these are old favorites and some are new! Thank you!

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