easiest shredded chicken

easiest shredded chicken

In our family, chicken is a staple. My favorite way to have it is shredded or pulled because it’s just so fantastically versatile. Tacos. Stir-fry. Salads. Wraps. Pizza. By itself cold out of the fridge at midnight…

But if there’s one thing I HATE doing, it’s shredding the chicken by hand. I’ve been known to get blisters from wielding the forks. I thought maybe wearing mittens would help, but the forks just slip. So I wrote off the blisters as a necessary evil.

I was talking with a friend about meal prepping, (and probably complaining about the blisters) and she said I should use my KitchenAid mixer to shred the chicken.

Hang on. What?!

Yep, the KitchenAid mixer. You read that right.

I’d perfected my cooking recipe, but this, this was a GAME CHANGER. 30 minutes (as opposed to 45 using forks) to perfectly shredded chicken? Without the blisters? Using minimal dish-ware? Yep. You’re welcome.


One-Dish KitchenAid Mixer Chicken


– Chicken breasts (I do 4-6lbs at a time, which is about 4 breasts)
– Salt
– Garlic
– Water


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. Clean chicken breasts (no need to pound the chicken) and put into a glass baking dish (preferably one you have a lid for)
  3. Cover chicken with salt and garlic (I used pre-minced garlic)
  4. Cover chicken with water, enough so they’re just barely covered
  5. Bake in oven for 25-30min (depends on oven, check at 25min by cutting open the thickest breast)
    1. Chicken should be barely pink.
  6. Remove from water and place in KitchenAid mixer bowl
  7. “Mix” breasts on low until shredded
  8. Drain water from baking dish and place shredded chicken back in baking dish, cover and use/refrigerate extras
raw chicken breasts
raw chicken breasts with garlic
preparing raw chicken breasts
cooked chicken
shredding chicken with KitchenAid mixer
shredded chicken using KitchenAid mixer