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.
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.
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.
Love adding a boost of protein to salads with shredded chicken! Simply toss the chicken with the rest of the salad ingredients.
Just like salads, throw that shredded chicken right in with the rest of the grain bowl ingredients, mix and enjoy.
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.
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!
Creative comfort foods
These fun recipes already require cooked chicken, so follow the recipe as-is just using shredded chicken instead of cubed!
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!