How to Make Crockpot Shredded Chicken

Crockpot shredded chicken is easy to make, juicy and flavorful. Learn how to make perfectly cooked shredded chicken in a slow cooker with our top tips and tricks.

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Easy slow cooker recipes are the best on chilly winter nights when you want no-fuss comfort food. Crockpot shredded chicken makes for an easy meal you can serve your favorite way. It’s the ultimate meal prep recipe. Cook a batch at the beginning of the week and enjoy it for lunches or dinners in a variety of different recipes.

If you’re looking for perfectly cooked chicken, you’ll love this simple slow cooker recipe. I prefer using the traditional low-and-slow cooking method, as the chicken goes right into the Crockpot then comes out tender and ready to eat.

Not sure where to start with slow cookers or looking to buy a new one? Review our ultimate slow cooker guide before diving in.

How to Make Shredded Chicken in a Crockpot


  • 3 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Tools You’ll Need

  • Slow Cooker: I recommend using a programmable Crockpot to help prevent overcooking the chicken.
  • Digital Thermometer: Using a digital thermometer is a great way to check the chicken for doneness.
  • Hand Mixer: My favorite kitchen hack for shredding chicken is to use a hand mixer. It shreds the chicken effortlessly.


Step 1: Cook the chicken

Chicken Breasts In Slow Cooker Jenna Urben for Taste of Home

Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Position in a single layer then season with salt. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. If you’re in a hurry, cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Step 2: Shred the chicken

Crock Pot Shredded ChickenJenna Urben for Taste of Home

Once cooked, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and let sit for 5 minutes. Shred the chicken while warm. You can use your fingers, two forks or a hand mixer.

Tips for Making Crockpot Shredded Chicken

  • Place the chicken in a single layer to ensure it cooks evenly.
  • You don’t need to add liquid to the slow cooker since the chicken releases quite a bit of natural liquid as it cooks. However, you may add up to 1 cup of chicken broth or water before cooking.
  • For a simple and speedy cleanup, use a slow cooker liner.
  • This slow cooker shredded chicken can be used in so many recipes because it’s lightly seasoned. Feel free to season with your favorite spices for different flavors.

Store chicken in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator for up to five days. Enjoy pulled chicken in tacos, enchiladas, salads, casseroles and wraps. Need a place to start? Get inspired with these shredded chicken recipes.

Jenna Urben
Jenna is a recipe developer, food writer and content creator based in Texas. She is Taste of Home’s go-to writer for allergy-friendly and vegan recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor or texture, such as coconut cream, vegan chicken nuggets and kale pesto. As someone with food intolerances herself, Jenna knows first-hand the challenges of cooking in a dairy- and egg-free kitchen. Her food blog, The Urben Life, features hundreds of allergy-friendly recipes that the whole family can enjoy and has been spotlighted by Parade, TODAY Food and Stylecaster.