I’m here with the ultimate kitchen hack for busy weeks that might just save mealtimes. With two boys under two, getting lunches and dinners on the table can be pretty chaotic. That’s where adding shredded chicken to some easy, delicious recipes comes in.
Using up shredded chicken is truly one of the best time savers and is a great way to add a boost of protein wherever you need it. Check out the guides below to learn how to cook and shred perfect chicken, then take a scroll through the post to try out some delicious new ways to use it!
I’ve broken them up into soups, chilis & curries, sandwiches & wraps, salads, grain bowls, noodles & pasta, tacos, enchiladas & quesadillas, and a few unique comfort foods to satisfy all cravings.
How to cook & shred chicken
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my two great posts for cooking & shredding chicken below! You’ll learn how to cook chicken 4 different ways, and how to shred it 4 different ways. So easy:
Looking for something even easier? Follow my easy tutorial for roasting a whole chicken and simply use that to add to any of the below recipes.
Can you freeze shredded chicken?
YES. And it’s such a great way to batch meal prep for busy weeks (or even months). Here’s how to store it:
- To store: store the shredded chicken in airtight containers or resealable bags in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- To freeze: freeze shredded chicken in airtight containers or bags for up to 3 months. Simply reheat the shredded chicken in the refrigerator before using it in recipes.
I hope you love these delicious, healthy shredded chicken recipes! If you make any, be sure to head to the post to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy!
In order to add cooked, shredded chicken to soups, simply stir in 2-3 cups of shredded chicken during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking.
Courtney’s Curry Chicken Noodle Soup
The Best Chicken Soup You’ll Ever Eat
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chicken Soup
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup (whole 30, dairy free)
One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup
Butternut Squash Green Chile Chicken Soup
Golden Turmeric Chickpea Chicken Soup
Paleo Coconut Chicken Sweet Potato Noodle Soup
Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chilis & curries
Similarly to the soups, simply add 2-3 cups of cooked, shredded chicken to the chili or curry 10 minutes before serving. If you’re using a slow cooker, stir in the chicken once everything else is done cooking.
Slow Cooker Yellow Chicken Curry
Slow Cooker Black Bean Quinoa Pumpkin Chicken Chili
Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Chickpea Chili
Sandwiches & wraps
Toss some cooked, shredded chicken in whatever sauce or condiment you’re using, then stack it with the rest of the ingredients in your sandwich or wrap.
Incredible Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Healthy Pumpkin Seed & Avocado Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Crunchy Rainbow Thai Peanut Chicken Wraps
Love adding a boost of protein to salads with shredded chicken! Simply toss the chicken with the rest of the salad ingredients.
Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad
Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado
Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad with Apple, Gorgonzola & Candied Pecans
California Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad
15-Minute Healthy Moroccan Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
Roasted Carrot Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Sunshine Dressing
Everything Spring Green Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette
Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad
Chicken Kale Waldorf Salad with Avocado & Goat Cheese
Cashew Crunch Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad
Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad
Roasted Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Turmeric Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing
Summer Peach Spinach Salad with Avocado, Toasted Almonds + Goat Cheese
Curry Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad
Avocado Peach Tomato Salad with Dilly Tahini Dressing
Summer Chicken Chopped Salad with Strawberries, Avocado + Feta
Just like salads, throw that shredded chicken right in with the rest of the grain bowl ingredients, mix and enjoy.
BBQ Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bowls
Better Than Chipotle DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls
Noodles & pasta
Your fav mac and cheese and pasta salads just got a yummy protein boost! Simply fold in the shredded chicken right before serving.
Damn Good BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Jalapeño Cashew Dressing
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad
Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous
Bacon Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Spaghetti
Spinach Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Crispy Bacon
Avocado Basil Pesto Zucchini Noodles
Spinach Bacon Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto + Goat Cheese
Roasted Veggie Mediterranean Pasta with Goat Cheese
Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese
Tacos, enchiladas & quesadillas
Fold the cooked, shredded chicken right into your enchiladas before baking, into a quesadilla before pan-frying it, or add the chicken straight to your tacos!
Crazy Good Street Corn Chicken Tacos
Skinny Refried Bean & Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Chipotle Black Bean Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce
Jalapeño Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Crema
Vegetarian Calabacitas Quesadillas
Low Carb Chicken Zucchini Enchilada Bake
Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema
Creative comfort foods
These fun recipes already require cooked chicken, so follow the recipe as-is just using shredded chicken instead of cubed!
Pesto Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Blow Ya Mind Cheddar Broccoli Chicken Pot Pie
Cheesy BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats
I hope you love these new, delicious recipes using shredded chicken! If you make any of them be sure to head to the post and give it a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!
Incredible joy when I finished this dish according to the recipe you shared, it was really a first product but it was delicious.
I’m so happy you enjoyed this one!