No-Fail Easy Shredded Chicken

This no-fail easy shredded chicken is my go-to chicken recipe for burritos, casseroles, tacos, sandwiches and any dish that calls for cooked chicken!

No-Fail Easy Shredded Chicken

We’ve all had the days.. your reading a recipe and it calls for “shredded chicken”, Your in a hurry and need some shredded chicken to make dinner!  People who write the recipes always assume that you always have a magical bowl of never ending shredded chicken on hand.

I’m guilty as charged because a lot of my recipes do call for shredded chicken. Some of my popular recipes that call for shredded include the quick and easy chicken burritos, the lightened up buffalo chicken quesadillas, and chipotle grilled cheese. Shredded chick is much easier to use it quick and easy recipes and can be used in a TON of recipes.


No-Fail Easy Shredded Chicken Today I’m going to show you how I make my shredded chicken in 10 minutes. This is my go to recipe for most of my quick and easy meals. I make a batch of this shredded chicken ever few days because I use it in so many recipes for lunch and dinner.

Your going to need a heavy duty pan (I use a cast iron pan), boneless chicken breasts, oil, water, and salt+ pepper to taste. You can make this and leave it in the fridge and use as needed for up to 3 days or throw it on the pan while your preparing your recipe that calls for shredded chicken. This recipe is pretty simple and straightforward and I promise your going to love making it over and over again. Once you make it once it you’ll realize how easy it is.
No-Fail Easy Shredded Chicken

No Fail Easy shredded chicken.

This no-fail easy shredded chicken is my go-to chicken recipe for burritos, casseroles, tacos, sandwiches and any dish that calls for cooked chicken.  Recipe yields 4 servings. Feel free to double it.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, healthy, pulled, quick, shredded
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Layla


  • 2 medium boneless chicken breasts halved
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a heavy duty skillet to medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and chicken breasts, sprinkle salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden in color. Add 1/4 cup water and cover, simmer for 6-7 minutes.

  • Transfer chicken breasts to a bowl, allow to cool, and shred the chicken meat with 2 forks.

    Cover leftover chicken in fridge for up to 3 days.

No-Fail Easy Shredded Chicken


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    Hi Layla, this looks like a great way to shred chicken, I always made it so much work, with the whole bird, this makes more sense. Thanks!


    I love to see all the shredded meat around… in burgers, pastas etc…Your chicken looks fantastic.. easy too!

    ela h.

    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Why don’t people just write chicken, shredded. So you know to prepare chicken and then shred it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bowl of shredded chicken just sitting in my fridge. Now, that you have this wonderful recipe. I can prep some and be ready for those recipes 😀 You chicken looks perfectly shredded!


    I love having shredded chicken on hand! It comes in handy for recipes and then when my husband complains about a vegetarian meal : ) haha I need to try out this method!


    A magical bowl of shredded chicken probably would make a lot of people’s lives easier. But then again, so does this recipe!

    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I always cheat, and just buy a roasted chicken from the store, because I’m LAZY. Need to try this!!

    Caitlin @ teaspoon

    I happen to have some shredded chicken on hand right now, so I’m going to check out your recipes! But this is great to know for the future, since previously I have always boiled a whole chicken which takes a lot of time if you want a quick dinner.