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Delicious Recipes Using Shredded Chicken

Over 50 of the best recipes using shredded chicken! From hearty salads and grain bowls to noodles, salads and enchiladas, these shredded chicken recipes are perfect for busy weeknights or anytime you need a quick, healthy meal.

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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:

  1. How to Cook the Perfect Chicken Breast (4 different ways!)
  2. How to Shred Chicken (4 easy ways!)

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:

  1. To store: store the shredded chicken in airtight containers or resealable bags in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. 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!

curry chicken noodle soup in a bowl with chopsticks

Protein-packed soups

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

Green Chile Chicken Pozole

Nourishing Asian Chicken 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

white chicken chili in a bowl

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.

Healthy White Chicken Chili

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

slow cooker pulled chicken sandwich with slaw on top

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

Greek Salad Pinwheels

healthy chopped chicken salad in a bowl

Hearty salads

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

Healthy Summer Broccoli 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

4 Healthy Meal Prep Salads

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

bbq ranch chicken quinoa bowl with veggies

Grain bowls

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

healthy BLT pasta salad in a bowl

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

Zucchini Mac and Cheese

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

three healthy street corn chicken tacos in a basket

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

two low carb pesto chicken stuffed zucchini boats on a plate

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

Lightened Up Chicken Pot Pie

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!

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