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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.