So many recipes call for shredded cooked chicken, or suggest you purchase a rotisserie chicken from your supermarket to shred and use in a dish. And, well, I’ve done that – but it’s pretty expensive to do on a regular basis, and my family really likes chicken, so I looked for a way to make shredded chicken.
I was looking for both easy and inexpensive, and this recipe fits the bill. I bought a whole chicken on sale, roasted it in my slow cooker, fed my family with chicken pieces (drums, breasts) for a meal, and shredded the remainder for use in recipes. I was left with about seven cups of shredded chicken, and a lot can be done with that amount! Find out below how I did it, and then check out my recipe ideas for how to use your new bounty of shredded chicken.
What you need:
- 1 lb. baby carrots (or 1 lb. carrots, peeled, cut in 1″ pieces)
- 1 onion, in chunks
- 3-4 lb. whole chicken fryer, giblets removed
- 1 t. salt
- 1/2 t. pepper
- seasonings of preference, optional – this is where you can throw in some Mexican spice blend if this will be used in Mexican dishes, or Italian seasoning for Italian dishes – you get the picture!
- cutting board and knife
- 5 or 6 quart slow cooker
Time: 4-6 hours cooking (low) or 2-3 hours (high)
Freezeable: The shredded meat is freezeable in an airtight container.
Serves: A lot!
Multiplying the recipe: Each chicken should be roasted separately.
Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken:
Place the carrots and onion in the slow cooker. Put the chicken on top. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper, and spice blend, if using. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-3.
I usually serve the chicken the day it’s made. We cut off pieces for our family dinner and serve with the carrots. Then, after dinner while the chicken is still warm, I pick over the chicken for any meat, cutting it all off the bone and getting rid of all the waste. [The bones are great to make chicken stock with, so don’t throw them away! It can even be made in the slow cooker, so no excuses – after all, the slow cooker pot is already dirty, you might as well throw some stock in there!]
Then I cut or shred the meat into bite-size chunks and freeze small packages, so I can take out just what I need for a dinner casserole or soup! Here are some ideas:
- chicken casserole
- chicken pot pie
- chicken soup
- chicken chili