Cooking chicken in the crockpot is probably the best idea I’ve ever had. It’s almost completely hands-off, and turns out the BEST shredded chicken I’ve personally been able to produce! The recipe I’ve included below is the one that I found on Food.com and used to get the basic idea for cooking chicken in the crockpot.
I tend to use just a regular 2-3 lb pack of chicken (I’m cheap, and it’s just me, so I don’t need a ton of chicken), and I usually put closer to 2 cups of water in the crockpot rather than the suggested 1/2 cup, and the chicken is usually done within 4-5 hours in the crockpot. It’s wonderful because the chicken practically shreds itself when you pull it out!
See the chicken is already coming apart in the crock pot? Wonderful!
I used a large pack of chicken the first time and froze a bunch to use at a later time. It kept beautifully in the freezer. I’ve also made this shredded chicken to portion out to top salads, make homemade chicken caesar wraps, and chicken salad. Freezing 2 cup portions for recipes that call for cooked chicken would also be a great idea!
I actually just pulled my third batch of chicken for shredding out of the crock pot a few minutes ago and turned it into a batch of Chicken Salad… so easy I may never cook chicken any other way!
Chicken in the Crockpot for Shredding
6 -12 chicken breasts (use as many as you want)
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Place the chicken breasts in the crock pot, Mix water and spices together and pour over the chicken.
Cook on the low setting for 8-10 hours.
Remove chicken breasts, shred or pull the meat from bones, removing skin (it should all fall off easily at this point anyway!).