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House of Meats: How to Prepare Shredded Chicken

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

25 minutes





About the Recipe

This easy-to-follow recipe will guide you through the steps of creating tender, flavorful shredded chicken that can be used in a variety of dishes. From tacos to salads, this versatile shredded chicken recipe is a must-have for any home cook. Follow along for step-by-step instructions and helpful tips to make the most delicious shredded chicken.



Note: All of the products will direct to House of Meats - Maumee location. Please make sure to change the location to your home House of Meats store!


Step 1:

Place the HOM Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts in the bottom of a large pot, and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Season each breast with Kosher Salt and Pepper. If you cook many chicken breasts, you can overlap them slightly. If you have much overlap, use a larger pot.


Step 2:

Cover the HOM Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts with 1 inch of water.


Step 3:

Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Once the liquid is boiling, reduce the heat and let simmer for about 12 to 14 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer and is no longer pink in the center, about 8 to 16 minutes, depending upon the size and number of chicken breasts that you are poaching.


Step 4:

Remove the chicken from the water and let rest until cool enough to handle. Dice, slice, or shred as desired.


Step 5:


This method for poaching chicken is intended for boneless skinless chicken breasts. However, it also works well for boneless skinless chicken thighs or bone-in chicken breasts too, you will need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. If using bone-in chicken breasts, extend the cooking time; for thighs, check them early.

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

If dicing the chicken, cut the chicken just before serving.

If shredding, the chicken is the easiest to shred apart while it is still slightly warm, before I place it in the refrigerator. You can shred by hand or use a hand mixer on low speed.

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