This simple and easy trick for make ahead shredded chicken not only saves you time, but can also save you money in the process.
The school year has started and so has the hustle and bustle of busy schedules. If you are struggling with figuring out what to place on your dinner table during this time of the year, have no fear because I’m going to show you the most effective time saving tip (and cost saving trick) that we use in this house every few months!
When you have a busy schedule, it all comes down to making your ingredients ahead of time and beating the clock when it comes to dinner time. What can be more simple then making a main ingredient such as cooked shredded chicken at least a few months in advance? In this house, our slow cooker is used to accomplish this trick!
First, you want to start with a mega-pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts. This is a picture of the one we like to use. It normally consists of 6 breasts.
Take the chicken breasts and place them inside the insert of your slow cooker. Fill the insert with enough water to cover the tops of the chicken. Place the insert back inside the slow cooker. Cook chicken breasts on low for 7 to 8 hours.
Once chicken is finished cooking, place breasts (without the water) in a large mixing bowl. The chicken should be tender enough that it will fall apart. Shred each piece with a fork. Place 2 cups of the cooked shredded chicken inside individual ziplock sandwich bags. Press the air out and seal tightly.
Place each sandwich bag inside a large gallon sized ziplock bag. Place the air out and seal tightly. Label and date the bag. Store inside the freezer until ready to use. Chicken can be stored in the freezer for 3 to 4 months.
You just chopped off 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time by making this ahead of time!
Each mega pack of chicken breasts will give you anywhere from 8 to 10 cups of cooked shredded chicken. When you are ready to use, just place one of the sandwich bags inside the microwave and use the defrost setting or place in the fridge overnight to use for the next day.
Besides chicken and cheese quesidillas, tacos, and burritos, here are some of our favorite recipes we use this chicken in:
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making chicken ahead of time? If so, please share in the comments below! I’d LOVE to hear them!