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Super Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

This ridiculously easy, tender, and juicy slow cooker shredded chicken is perfect for so many recipes and the shredded chicken can be frozen for later!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Yields: 6 cups shredded chicken
Recipe by Tessa Arias


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Pour the stock over the chicken then sprinkle with the garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook on low heat until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 155°F, about 2 1/2 to 4 hours.
  2. Place the whole cooked breasts in a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. On low speed shred the chicken. Alternatively, shred the chicken with two forks or let cool and shred with your fingers. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker to absorb any remaining juices. Use in a a recipe or portion and freeze the remaining chicken in airtight containers for up to 6 months. Defrost before using.

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Recipe Notes

If using frozen chicken breasts, you will need to cook for up to 8 hours. Be aware that using frozen chicken in the slow cooker may increase the likelihood of food-borne illness, be careful to cook to 165°F if using frozen chicken.