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Best Shredded Chicken Recipes

Shredded chicken is an indispensable ingredient for us at The Modern Proper. It’s easy to make a batch to have for recipes throughout the week. We’ve collected our best shredded chicken recipes here.


a bowl of homemade chipotle chicken soup topped with shredded cheese, tortilla chips, lime and avocado
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Shredded Chicken Recipes For Any Meal

Our recipe file wouldn’t be the same without Shredded Chicken, it is such an indispensable ingredient. It freezes well, and is versatile enough to use in soups, salads, sandwiches, and casseroles. We’ve rounded up our best recipes with shredded chicken to help you plan your next meal!

chicken divan in a casserole dish with a serving spoon made with chicken, broccoli, cheese and topped with panko

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Shredded Chicken Recipes In A Tortilla

There might be a million delicious ways to wrap shredded chicken in a tortilla, so here's a few of our favorite recipes featuring shredded chicken and tortillas!

Shredded Recipes To Eat In A Bowl Of Soup

Shredded chicken is the perfect size bite to add to soup recipes, and we prefer it to cubed chicken because it takes on the flavors of the soup in the best possible way.

Shredded Chicken Recipes Baked In The Oven

We use shredded chicken in these dishes for the perfect textural element. Whole chicken breasts and thighs have their place in some oven-baked chicken recipes, but these recipes require something a bit more delicate.

Salads With Shredded Chicken

Easy to grab for the perfect forkful, we love adding shredded chicken to these salad recipes.

More Shredded Chicken Recipes

Shredded chicken is a necessity in dishes like chicken and dumplings, and other recipes where anything larger would overwhelm the other ingredients. Here’s a few more of our favorite shredded chicken recipes:

How to Make Shredded Chicken

The best hack to shred chicken is to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts to avoid the extra work when it comes to shredding chicken. You can also opt for thighs but they are a richer cut of meat. When it comes to shredded chicken, we’re looking for big, stringy bites of moist chicken. The easiest way to shred chicken is, when finished cooking, allow them to sit until warm, not cold. Use two forks to carefully shred them apart into chunks. You can also use a kitchen mixer to help pull them apart but do this at your own discretion (and research!)

2 raw chicken breasts in a pot with salt and covered with water ready to be boiled to make shredded chicken
two cooked chicken breasts on a cutting board being shredded with 2 forks
a plate filled with shredded chicken breast on a striped linen
homemade shredded chicken in a bowl sitting on top of a cloth towel

How to Store Shredded Chicken + Tips

  • You can freeze leftover shredded chicken, or portion it for future meals. We like to measure 1-2 cup portions per storage container. Once you’ve thawed the chicken you won’t be able to freeze it again, so small portions help reduce waste.

  • Best practices include labeling the container with the storage date and if you used any seasonings to cook the shredded chicken.

  • Frozen shredded chicken is best consumed within three months.

  • Shredded chicken and pulled chicken are interchangeable terms for the same ingredient.

  • If your shredded chicken is dry, you can bring it back to life by warming it with chicken stock or use it directly in a soup.

perfectly shredded chicken in a bowl with a fork

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Best Shredded Chicken Recipes

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  • Kay

    So many great and easy ideas! Can't wait to try these out!

    Thanks Kay! Hope you love them!

  • Ariah

    I love this dish please post more like this all year round dish i could eat.

    Thanks Arian, glad you enjoy this list.