Easiest Way to Shred Chicken

Shredding chicken is literally one of my least favorite things in the world. I’m not really sure why, but it’s something that I always dread. So much so, in fact, that I make my husband do it. I want him to feel needed, you see :)
Over the summer I make chicken salad pretty much weekly. I usually make a big batch on Sunday night and then we can take it for lunches and eat on it throughout the week. I have about 4-5 great chicken salad recipes with all different flavors so we don’t get bored with it. Worst part of this……the shredding.
This past week while making this chicken salad recipe, I decided to try this out:

I heard someone say once that you could shred chicken in a stand mixer. I was rather skeptical at first but I figured it was worth a try.

Turns out, it really works!!! The consistency of the chicken is a bit different than when you shred it with forks but I actually liked it better.

It also left a few (very few) large clumps of the skin that wouldn’t shred. Those made a great little treat for the pups and in the end, we were all happy.

If you have a stand mixer, I highly recommend using it for shredding chicken. I don’t think I’ll do it any other way from now on!

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5 comments on “Easiest Way to Shred Chicken”

  1. I was actually going to ask you your strategy on this but you beat me to the punch! Thanks girl!

  2. Stop it!! This is sooo smart–why have I never thought of this?? I LOVE chicken salad, but rarely make it because I hate to shred the chicken or use canned chicken–gross! I am so gonna give this a whirl :)


  3. I hate shredding chicken with a passion, it takes forever and there’s something about shredding chicken that grosses me out a little… I will definitely have to try this method!


  4. This is so awesome! I have that stand mixer!! Another trick a friend told me, use the dough hook to mix up your ground meat and other ingredients for hamburger patties or meatloaf. No more ground meat and eggs squishing between your fingers!