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How to Make Shredded Chicken

Learn how boil chicken breast and how to make shredded chicken to use in a wide variety of recipes - easy tutorial with step-by-step photos!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 134kcal
Author Yumna Jawad



  • Place the chicken in a large pot or dutch oven with a lid. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and bay leaves. Pour the water on top of the chicken, making sure it is covered.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F or is no longer pink in the center, about 8-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breast.
  • Remove the chicken from the liquid and allow it to rest. Drain the liquid and store for another use.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes. Then use two forks to shred the chicken, and use as desired.



Storage: Store shredded chicken in a ziplock bag or a tightly lidded airtight container. Reheat shredded chicken in the microwave or in a skillet. For any reheating method, you can prevent dryness by adding water or chicken stock and covering will warming. Heat to 165°F.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 731mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg