How to Cook Shredded Chicken

Ever wondered how to cook shredded chicken the best and easiest way possible? Look no further! Your chicken will come out moist and flavorful every time.

Course Dinner
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 187 kcal
Author Tracy


  • Cooking spray or your favorite cooking oil
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Between two sheets of plastic wrap or in a disposable plastic bag, pound chicken just to a mostly even thickness with a meat mallet (smooth side), rolling pin, or empty wine bottle. If your chicken is already fairly even, you can skip this step. Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the chicken.
  2. Heat a skillet (with a lid) over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray or drizzle on a bit of your favorite cooking oil. Once hot, add chicken to the pan and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Flip and repeat. Once browned, add about 1/2 inch of water to the pan, cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes (longer if breasts are large), until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the breasts reads 165°F.

  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Once cooled, transfer chicken breasts to your stand mixer. With the paddle attachment, set mixer to low, working up to medium, and process chicken until mostly shredded. Don't over process--there will be a couple larger pieces you will need to finish pulling apart by hand.

  5. Wash up and use your moist, shredded chicken in something delicious.

Recipe Notes

*Chicken breasts vary wildly in size, so your cooking time may vary. Just cook until your thermometer says 165°F, add water as needed, and you'll be golden. If you have huge chicken breasts, you can cut them in half for quicker cooking times.