Easy Crockpot Shredded Chicken

I have had a ton of questions sent in about making your own shredded chicken for some Family Fresh Meals recipes. My Avocado Chicken Salad, Cheesy Hot Wing Dip and Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad seem to be the your favorites 🙂

Shredded Chicken inside a slow cooker

After sending out many emails answering this question, it occurred to me that it would be MUCH easier to simply do a post on how to make Easy Crockpot Shredded Chicken!

This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is pretty much the easiest recipe ever!  All you have to do is throw your chicken and spices in the crockpot and go about your day. A few hours later, you have flavorful, moist shredded chicken that you can use throughout the week for salads, sandwiches, wraps, or any of those recipes I mentioned above. It’s really is one of my favorite recipes.


Slow Cooker: This slow cooker works great for this recipe

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What can I substitute for chicken broth if I don’t have it?

You can substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth or even water in a pinch. If using water, consider adding extra seasoning to maintain flavor.

Is it necessary to use boneless skinless chicken breasts?

No, you can use other cuts of chicken such as thighs. However, cooking times may vary, and these cuts are generally more forgiving with longer cooking times due to their higher fat content.

How can I make this recipe low-sodium?

For a low-sodium version, use low-sodium or no-salt-added chicken broth and reduce the added salt. You can also look for low-sodium versions of the all-purpose seasoning or make your own blend without added salt.

How long can I store the leftovers?

Leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2-3 months. Reheat thoroughly before serving.

What is the best way to shred the chicken?

Using a hand mixer is an efficient way to shred cooked chicken. Once the chicken is fully cooked and still warm, transfer it to a large bowl. Using a hand mixer on a low setting, begin to mix the chicken. The beaters will pull the meat apart, shredding it quickly and evenly. This method works best when the chicken is tender and moist. Be sure to use the mixer gently to avoid over-shredding or turning the chicken mushy. This technique saves time and effort compared to shredding with forks.

If you don’t have a mixer, using 2 forks is the next best way.

How to Make Easy Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 4 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp all purpose seasoning (such as Mrs. Dash) – if you cannot find this, you can replace with 1/2 tsp of oregano & 1/2 tsp of onion powder

Easy Crockpot Shredded Chicken

  1. Place all ingredients into your crockpot and cook on HIGH for 3-4  hours or LOW for 5-6 hours. (These times are for fresh chicken. If you are using frozen, you will need to use the greater of the cooking times)4 chicken breasts in a slow cooker with seasonings
  2. When cooking time is up, remove chicken from crockpot and place in a large bowl. Shred chicken using two forks. Use right away, or it can be stored in a sealed container and refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Shredded Chicken in a blue serving platter

Variations & Additions

Herb Infusion: Add fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or sage for a more aromatic flavor. Place whole sprigs on top of the chicken before cooking and remove before serving.

Citrus Twist: Include slices of lemon, lime, or orange to infuse a subtle citrus note. This adds a refreshing zest that complements the chicken well.

Spicy Kick: If you enjoy heat, add crushed red pepper flakes, diced jalapeños, or a spoonful of chili paste to the crockpot for a spicy version.

Creamy Transformation: After the chicken is cooked, remove it and mix in a cup of cream or coconut milk into the broth. Stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in water to thicken the sauce for a creamy dish.

Mediterranean Style: Include olives, capers, and sun-dried tomatoes for a Mediterranean flair. Sprinkle with feta cheese before serving for added flavor.

Asian Influence: Swap the all-purpose seasoning for a blend of soy sauce, ginger, and a hint of brown sugar. Add a dash of sesame oil and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

BBQ Version: Mix in your favorite BBQ sauce with the chicken broth before cooking. This will create a sweet and tangy BBQ chicken perfect for sandwiches or topping salads.

Indian Curry: Stir in curry powder, a bit of turmeric, and a can of diced tomatoes for an Indian-inspired dish. Serve with rice and naan bread.

Vegetable Medley: Add chopped carrots, celery, and potatoes at the beginning of cooking for a hearty one-pot meal.

Mexican Style:Use taco seasoning instead of all-purpose seasoning. Add canned black beans and corn in the last hour of cooking. Serve with tortillas or over rice.

What are you going to do with all that Easy Crockpot Shredded Chicken?

  1. Avocado Chicken Enchiladas
  2. Easy Chicken Tetrazzini
  3. Cheesy Hot Wing Dip
  4. Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
  5. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
  6. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
  7. Avocado Chicken Salad
  8. King Ranch Chicken Casserole
  9. Buffalo Chicken Bombs
4.95 from 17 votes

Easy Crockpot Shredded Chicken

Author Corey Valley
This Easy Crockpot Shredded Chicken is the easiest recipe ever! Throw your chicken in the crockpot and go about your day.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 2 minutes


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (about 4 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp all purpose seasoning such as Mrs. Dash – if you cannot find this, you can replace with 1/2 tsp of oregano & 1/2 tsp of onion powder


  • Place all ingredients into your crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours. (These times are for fresh chicken. If you are using frozen, you will need to use the greater of the cooking times)


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 718mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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Post updated September 2020

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  1. I can not wait to try this for dinner tonight! My husband is always saying that after the initial meal my crockpot chicken tends to dry out, hopefully this fixes the problem 😀

    1. I put the cooked chicken in my Kitchenaid mixer with the flat beater to shred it in about 30 seconds and you save your fingers from getting burned.

    2. 5 stars
      I have made this many times but forget how many cups this yields. I need 4 cups for another recipe. Do you have any idea? Thanks

    3. This should make at least 4 cups Beth.

  2. 4 stars
    Use your stand mixer with the paddle attachment to quickly shred the chicken.

  3. How do you store the chicken for freezing? Ziploc bags? Glass containers? My husband LOVES shredded chicken so I can see me keeping this on hand. I’m making the cheesy chicken enchiladas right now. 🙂

    1. I like glass containers, But I think many people use ziploc bags 🙂 I hope that helps.

    2. Kimberley says:

      When you take it out of the freezer, what do you do to de thaw it?

    3. If would just thaw it in the fridge or use the microwave.

  4. 5 stars
    If you double the recipe, do you also double the cooking time? Looking for time I should cook on high for 4 lbs of fresh chicken. Thanks!

    1. No, you will have to add a little time ( maybe 30- to 60 minutes depending on the crockpot) but doubling the cooking time would dry out the chicken.

    2. Thanks Corey! Love your blog – everything I’ve tried has been great!

    3. 5 stars
      You are welcome girly! Thanks for giving my recipes a try 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Hi, I’m making this for the Super Bowl today and wondering if you keep the chicken in the broth when you shred it?
    Thanks, I tasted the chicken and it is great!

    1. Yes, I keep it in the broth Claudia. I think it’s easier that way 🙂

    2. Awesome! Thanks!! It is so tender and moist, I love it. 🙂