While the premise of making chicken in the slow cooker seems easy enough, finding clear answers to know how long to cook your chicken, what type of chicken to use, and the best way to shred it was harder than I expected. Every article I read quoted something different, which is why I decided to create this one-stop resource for Crock Pot Shredded Chicken. Whether you are wondering how to make it, what recipes you can use it in, or how to store it, this article has an answer for you!

Easy and healthy crockpot shredded chicken on a plate

If you’ve ever waded through my vast section of healthy chicken recipes, then you know that I have recipes that span just about every method to cook chicken. From grilled chicken recipes (like Grilled Chicken Kebobs), to baked chicken recipes (yummy Baked Chicken Parmesan), to Instant Pot chicken recipes (like Instant Pot Butter Chicken), to stir fried chicken recipes (hello, Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry), you’re likely to find one for every mood and cooking vessel. My most popular chicken recipes of all, however, are my slow cooker chicken recipes. When it comes to making healthy dinners easy, the schedule flexibility and hands-free nature of the slow cooker is hard to beat.

Thus, I thought it was high time that I developed a resource for how to cook shredded chicken in the crock pot.

If you don’t have a crock pot or are in a hurry, see this go-to guide for How to Cook Shredded Chicken on the stovetop or check out my guide for cooking Instant Pot Chicken.

If you are looking to use your crock pot to cook chicken, read on!

Thanks to the low and slow cooking method, this method for making shredded chicken yields moist, tender chicken that is easy to shred or dice.

Then, once you’ve cooked and shredded your chicken, the possibilities are endless for how to use it. Throw it on a salad or pasta dish, use it in your quesadillas or soups, or try any of the creative ideas I’ve suggested for you below.

In today’s post, I’ll be reviewing:

  • How to Make Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
    • Using chicken thighs
    • Using chicken breasts
  • How to Shred Chicken (The Easy Way!)
  • What Type of Chicken is Best for Shredded Chicken?
  • Tips for Perfect Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
  • Can You Cook Frozen Chicken in the Slow Cooker?
  • How to Store and Freeze Crock Pot Shredded Chicken
  • What to Do with Shredded Chicken
  • Recommended Tools to Make Shredded Chicken

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