Between a job with demanding hours, two kids, a girlfriend and just wanting some time for myself, I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen meal prepping. I don’t like to cook and the last thing I want to do is spend my life meal prepping. If you are busy like me and don’t have hours to meal prep each week, or just don’t want to put in hours of work to meal prep, then read on! I have a super simple way to make shredded chicken for the whole week with only a few minutes of your time.
This can work for other kinds of meats, but chicken is cheap, healthy and pretty darn tasty when prepared and seasoned the right way. Simply buy yourself 10 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I have switched brands over the years, starting with fresh Heritage Farms (Kroger) chicken breasts, then switching to Kirkland 99% Fat Free Chicken Breasts. After reading some bad reviews on the Heritage Farms Chicken, I switched to the Kirkland Chicken Breasts. They are 99% fat free, but also taste that way. It’s very dry when cooked this way, so I then tried a 10 pound bag of 100% All Natural Tyson Chicken Breasts. They contain no hormones or antibiotics, and cost only $19.99 for a 10 pound bag. That’s just $1.99 a pound! Though no poultry in the U.S. can legally use hormones in their chicken, it is still nice to see it on the label. The Heritage Farms labels said nothing about no antibiotics or hormones, so I have to assume they use antibiotics in their chickens.
Here is all you will need:
- 10 pounds of thawed chicken
- A Crock Pot
- Chicken Broth
- Seasoning (optional)
So just choose your 10 pounds of chicken, whatever works for you! If it’s frozen, simply unthaw it in warm water. Pack the chicken into your crock pot, and season to taste. You can optionally add in a half a can of chicken broth for flavor and to make it juicier. I buy the low sodium chicken broth, so you don’t add a bunch of unnecessary salt. I don’t like to add too much seasoning, if any. This way, the chicken is plain and I can add whatever I want to it when I actually eat it. Of course, you can season it how you want.
Turn the crock pot on low and cook for 8 to 9 hours. I usually start it an hour or two before I go to bed, and when I wake up – BAM! It’s all done! Take the chicken out with tongs and place the breasts into your storage container. To shred, hold your tongs by the top and clasp the tongs together. Poke the chicken breasts repeatedly with the tongs like you are stabbing them with a knife. Since the chicken has cooked for so long, it will basically shred itself after you poke it several times! Yes, it’s THAT easy!
You can use the chicken however you want, but I personally use whole wheat tortillas and make wraps with it. I use different sauces such as buffalo sauce, hot sauce, salsa, etc. The sauce really makes the chicken taste different, and helps me not get so sick of it since I eat chicken 3x a day!
The 10 pounds of chicken lasts me about 5-6 days, which is probably slightly more than the recommended fridge time. I recommend only using the refrigerating chicken for 3-4 days after cooking, so be sure to freeze the portion that you will use after that timeframe. You may want to buy lunch baggies and individually weigh out your portions to freeze if you are counting your macros or calories.
Well there you have it! Yummy shredded chicken with literally 15 minutes prep time! It is SO easy and such a big time saver. I still grill chicken as well, but most of the time I use a crock pot as it makes life simple and allows me more time to do the things I really want to do!