Crock Pot Shredded Chicken is a great way to meal prep your chicken. You can start your slow cooker shredded chicken in the morning and shred it in the evening for easy chicken dinners all week long.

shredded chicken garnished with parsley
Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

This Crock Pot Shredded Chicken recipe is one I use all the time. I find that prepping my meals for the week really helps me stay on track when it comes to what I’m putting in my mouth. I use shredded chicken in so many recipes like my Chicken Tortilla Casserole, and my Buffalo Chicken Cups, and this slow cooker shredded recipe means I can throw everything in my Crock Pot, set it and forget it!

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Crock Pot Shredded Chicken is simple to make and you can scale the recipe up or down however you like. The only constraint is the size of your slow cooker! You start with chicken breasts (you can use chicken thighs if you prefer but I like chicken breasts better for shredding), add a mix of onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and pour in some chicken broth. The amount of broth you use may vary based on the size of your slow cooker so just know you’ll want enough to just cover the chicken (it’s ok it a little of the top peaks out).

How Long Does it Take to Cook Shredded Chicken in a Crock Pot?

You can cook the chicken for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on Low.

Can You Use Water Instead of Chicken Broth?

Yes! You can use water instead of chicken broth for your Crock Pot Shredded Chicken. You can also use chicken bullion mixed with water if you don’t have broth.

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How to Shred Chicken:

When the chicken is cooked through and cool enough to handle place it in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the bread hook turn on the mixer on medium and watch it shred your chicken. If you don’t have a dough hook attachment you can use the paddle attachment instead.

shredded chicken in a bowl topped with parsley

Can I freeze shredded chicken?

You can freeze shredded chicken. Portion the shredded chicken into serving sizes that make sense to you. I do individual servings and family servings. Place it in a resealable freezer bag, or a container that is freezer-safe, and freeze it for up to a month. When you are ready to use remove from container and heat in the microwave until warmed through. You can also defrost in the microwave and then finish cooking in a skillet on the stove top if you are adding addition spices.

slow cooker shredded chicken in a bowl

What you will need to make Crock Pot Shredded Chicken:

  • Crock Pot or Slow Cooker – The bigger the better especially if you like to meal prep. I have a 8 qt. slow cooker and it holds 3-4 pounds of chicken breast with room to spare!
  • Meat Shredder – If you don’t want to use a mixer to shred your chicken these meat shredders work great.

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Servings: 16
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 15 mins

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken is a great way to meal prep your chicken. You can start your slow cooker shredded chicken in the morning and shred it in the evening for easy chicken dinners all week long. 
shredded chicken garnished with parsley
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  • 4 pounds Chicken Breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2-3 cups Chicken Broth


  • Add chicken to the slow cooker and sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour in chicken broth, adding enough to just cover the chicken (if a little peaks out at the top that's ok).
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
  • Remove chicken from broth and shred. 
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use. 


Note: You can substitute chicken thighs for breasts if you prefer. You may also use water or a mix of water and chicken bullion rather than chicken broth. 


Serving: 4ounces, Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 384mg, Potassium: 445mg, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 3.4mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main dish


Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Shredded Chicken
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 384mg16%
Potassium 445mg13%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.