Shredded Chicken Master Recipe

This easy slow-cooker method preps chicken for a multitude of recipes. Bonus: Rich-tasting chicken stock to keep on hand in your freezer as well.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 20 mins
6 cups


  • 4 1/2 to 5 pounds chicken thighs, skinned

  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs

  • 4 fresh parsley stems

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 cloves garlic, halved

  • ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1 (32 ounce) carton reduced-sodium chicken broth


  1. Place chicken thighs in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. For the bouquet garni, place thyme sprigs, parsley stems, bay leaves, garlic, and peppercorns in the center of a double-thick 8-inch square of 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Gather corners together and tie closed with 100%-cotton kitchen string. Add bouquet garni to slow cooker. Pour broth over all in cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Remove bouquet garni and discard.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a large bowl, reserving cooking liquid. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones. Using two forks, shred meat. Add enough of the cooking liquid to moisten meat. Strain and reserve cooking liquid to use for chicken stock.


To make ahead: Place 2-cup portions of chicken and chicken stock in separate airtight containers. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
4g Fat
0g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 115
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 19g 39%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Vitamin A 47IU 1%
Folate 10mcg 2%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 18mg 4%
Potassium 179mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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