Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Shredded Chicken In A Flash!

Need some shredded chicken for a recipe?  Don't have 4 hours to wait for it to cook in the slow cooker?  Although my Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is moist and delicious, some days I just need shredded chicken.... quick!  On those "short of time" days, I will throw a few frozen chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins in a pot on the stove, add water and seasoning, let simmer for 20-25 minutes, then drain and shred. Super easy and quick!  The chicken comes out moist and delicious... the perfect addition to any salad or wrap... or in a taco or enchilada... or pasta... or ???

Quick Shredded Chicken
(makes 4 servings)
  • 4 frozen chicken breasts or 6-8 frozen chicken tenderloins (boneless, skinless)
  • water
  • 1 tsp. Mrs. Dash or other low-sodium table seasoning
  • pinch of onion powder 
  • pinch of salt and pepper

In a large pot, place frozen chicken breasts (or tenderloins).  Add enough water to the pot to completely cover the chicken.  Season with table seasoning, onion powder, and salt and pepper.  Place pot on the stove and turn heat up to medium, cover.  Let chicken simmer for 20-25 minutes (the bigger the chicken breasts the longer the time).  When done, drain water from pot and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Using two forks, gently shred chicken.

Add some Quick Shredded Chicken to a bowl of baby spinach, hard-boiled egg, avocado, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, and light blue cheese dressing and you have a delicious Cobb Salad!

I put the leftover shredded chicken in my fridge and use it during the week!  Having shredded chicken on-hand cuts down on the prep time for a lot of recipes :)  Plus, it's always good to have a protein ready for a quick snack too.

Use Quick Shredded Chicken in:
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Power Salad


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