Whether you are cooking for a big group of people, making tacos, sandwiches, salads or just meal-prepping for the week, here is my recipe for Easy Shredded Chicken. It is to make this shredded chicken! It is also a great way to save time and money. This recipe can vary from dish to dish; Asian inspired, add homemade BBQ sauce or Italian seasoning to switch it up from time to time. The recipe I share with you today is for a Taco Night I had with friends! Its simple. All it needs is your own magic.
Prep time 2 mins. Cook Time 30 mins. max!
Easy Shredded Chicken (mexican):
- 1 lb Raw Chicken Thighs and/or breasts
- 1/3 cup Water (cold)
- ¼ cup white vinegar (any kind: apple cider, rice, or white vinegar)
- 3 Tablespoons of Hot Sauce (Tapatio and Sriracha was used in these pictures) *If making an ASIAN style chicken use Teriyaki sauce (low sodium) or Gluten Free Tamari. If making an ITALIAN style chicken use some red wine or throw in fresh rosemary and basil. If making Southern BBQ homemade or store bought BBQ sauce. Be Creative!
- Dry seasoning on hand and to taste: Salt and Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Oregano, Parsley (For Mexican)
- In a nonstick pan that has a fitting lip, add water, vinegar and half of the hot sauce on a medium to high heat.
- Add raw chicken then add your seasoning on top of the chicken. At remaining hot sauce.
- Just let sit for about 5 minutes of until its simmering. When you flip over the chicken it looks white, which for em was weird but its ok!
- Cook the other sides covered for another 5 minutes.
- Using a wooden spoon and a fork, start shredding and tearing the chicken. We like big and small pieces in this household, doesn’t have to be perfect! If your chicken is still raw, its all good, leave it in one big piece and let it cook through before you try to shred again.
- Once all shredded, stir it around, making sure your chicken stays moist. Then cover on a low heart for another 5-10 minutes.
- Taste it! More S&P? More spice? Add what you need! Use seasoning to add more flavor because there are little to NO calories! The hot sauce, teriyaki or bbq sauce was just to get the chicken flavored in its raw state without marinating (if on a time crunch).
I would love any suggestions to this simple recipe! Or any recommendations?!
- Did you take a risk and experiment? What was a YAY or a NAY?
- I am going to try to make this in a Teriyaki style one day next week. Not sure what kind of meal I can pair it with though. Maybe some Lettuce Wraps?! Oh damn. That sounds like my next experi…er.. MEAL!