How to Shred Chicken

How to Shred Chicken

How to Shred Chicken

Do you know how to shred chicken?

You probably have eaten shredded chicken lots of times in soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, burritos and enchiladas. And probably have never given how to shred chicken an ounce of thought until encountering a recipe calling for ‘shredded chicken.’

I am a huge fan of rotisserie chickens and have several recipes here on Simple Nourished living that call for shredded chicken. And I’m currently working on a new ebook of Weight Watchers friendly recipes using leftover rotisserie chicken.

While editing the book for me, my brother and technical partner, Pete, asked about how to shred chicken.

And I immediately thought, good question! And then I thought, “Oops, I’ve got several recipes calling for shredded chicken and never thought once about including instructions for how to shred it.”

With this post, I can consider my ‘How to Shed Chicken’ oversight corrected.

I’ve included written instructions as well as a couple helpful videos. And at the end of the post, I’ve included some of my favorite recipes calling for shredded chicken.

How To Shred Chicken: The Written Instructions

  1. Ideally you would start with cooked chicken that is cooled slightly but still warm. But cooled leftover chicken, such as leftover rotisserie chicken, can be shredded too.
  2. Use one hand or a fork to hold the chicken steady. With the other hand, use another fork to scrape and tear the chicken meat into small, shredded pieces. If chicken shreds get stuck in the fork, just pull them off. Repeat the process until the chicken is completely shredded.
  3. Use the shredded chicken right away. Or transfer the shredded chicken to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to four days. You can use the shredded chicken in casseroles, salads, tacos, curries, and sandwiches.

How to Shred Chicken with a Fork:

While doing research to find a good how to shred chicken video, I learned something new. You can shred chicken with your stand mixer too. Here’s a video demonstration…

How to Shred Chicken with a Stand Mixer:

Some Favorite Recipes Using Shredded Chicken:

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Flatbread with Salsa Verde, White Beans and Corn
Chicken Vegetable Rice Soup

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  1. Jen says

    I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, so I always avoided recipes with shredded chicken because shredding with a fork is brutal on my hands. Using the mixer was a revelation for me – I can’t believe how fast it is or how well it works! And no pain!

    • says

      I couldn’t believe what a revelation it was when I first saw the video. I’d never thought about the implications for those with arthritis! Thanks for letting me know.



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