I plan our menus a week at a time. It's a budget-saving habit that I learned from years of reading homemaking/financial blogs (my two faves are MoneySavingMom and TheHappyHousewife). It not only saves our family money, but allows me to work ahead as I anticipate what we will need for the week's meals.
This week, we have three recipes with shredded chicken- Skinny Enchiladas, Chicken Enchilada Pasta, and Balsamic Chicken, Spinach and Tomato Pasta. Some of these recipes actually require chopped chicken, but I prefer shredded because it's easier and stretches farther (in my opinion).
So, here's how to get a 3 lb bag of chicken breasts cooked and shredded with minimal effort in just a few hours:
You will need-
- 1 bag of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts- I buy mine at Aldi (my favorite store!) for $5.99
- crock pot
Put your chicken in the crock pot. I find that the ice crystals add to the moistness of the chicken so I don't rinse it before cooking. Cook it on high for about one hour, then low about two hours more. Cooking times may vary depending on the size of your crock pot or the amount of chicken you have.
Put your chicken into a mixing bowl.
Turn on your mixer and watch the magic! Start the mixer on low, gradually increasing speed.
After about 5 minutes, you will have perfectly shredded chicken!
Use as needed in recipes for your week's menu!
Other random tips:
- The chicken shreds best when it's hot or warm. Hence the use of tongs to move it from the crockpot into the mixing bowl.
- The mixing will start out rocky. Just start slow so you don't throw a chicken across the room with your ferocious mixer.
- Since this chicken was frozen, I wouldn't recommend that it be refrozen after shredding. You may be comfortable with that, but I wouldn't do it.
And a bonus-
About 8 oz of broth was left in the crock pot! Yeah for homemade chicken broth!
I originally found this idea on Pinterest but wanted to try it out first. The original pin is here.