How to Shred Chicken with a Mixer (So Fast)
How to Shred Chicken Fast
Chicken is a staple meat in my house! Often times it is one of the most inexpensive meats and it is so good for us! I have SO many recipes that call for shredded chicken and I used to dread doing any of them because I would have to spend 20-30 minutes breaking the chicken apart with my hands, BUT no need to fear. Those days are over because I’ve found a new and improved way to shred chicken!
Did you know you can use your KitchenAid Mixer to quickly shred cooked chicken? YEP! You sure can, and IT. IS. WONDERFUL! It saves so much time and… well, it’s just plain cool! Let me show you how to get started!
Preparing to Shred Chicken with Your Mixer:
- Simply bake or boil your chicken breasts
- Add whatever seasonings or spices you want
- While they’re still warm (this is crucial…if it is not warm, it won’t work!) put them in your KitchenAid with your flat beater attachment
Shredding Chicken with a Mixer:
Turn the mixer on at about a 2 speed for 30 seconds to a minute. Keep an eye on it because it shreds quickly!
You can shred chicken easily without a KitchenAid mixer too. In fact, this mixer method works well with a handheld mixer too!
You now have perfectly shredded chicken ready for any recipe! Sometimes, to save EVEN MORE time, I’ll do a double batch of shredded chicken and freeze half of it with my handy-dandy food saver for the next recipe.
Easiest Shredded Chicken Ever!
Hope you enjoy this kitchen tip as much as I do! It has saved me hours of time. Now I never hand shred chicken. Why waste the time when you can do this SO quickly and have the same (or better) results!
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Of course, you can shred chicken with two forks if you want to. Sometimes it helps to give you more control over the size of the pieces to do it this way. Have you seen those shredder claws? I imagine those would make quick work of shredding chicken too!
What are your favorite ways to use Shredded Chicken? Comment below and let me know!
Recipes That Call For Shredded Chicken:
- Chipotle Chicken & Rice Soup
- Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Chicken Enchiladas
- BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Chicken Ole
- Crock Pot Chicken Ole
- Stovetop Broccoli, Cheese, & Chicken Pasta
- Southwest Chicken Wraps
- Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
- Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
- Spinach Tortellini Soup
- Honey Teriyaki Chicken
- Buffalo Chicken Nachos
- Pulled BBQ Chicken
- Chicken Pillows
- Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken
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Comments & Reviews
Holy COW! I never would have even thought to do that – THANKS! I totally want to go cook chicken now just to try it – LOL!
I was thinking the same thing!!! I always use two forks to shred my chicken. TOTALLY doing this from now on!! Thanks!!
You crack me up Lynn! Always!!
Friendly tip (so no one else has to learn the hard way like I just did!)
Shred the chicken when it’s still warm! Last week after I got my Zaycon chicken order I roasted about 10lbs of it. Then I got lazy and just threw it into the fridge once it was cooked. It was a mess when I tried to shred it the next day with my mixer. Chicken was flying everywhere and it got mushy! ick!
It works perfectly when you do it warm and has motivated me to cook up a bunch all at once and then stick one cup bags in my freezer for easy dinners later on.
Also, you can do this with any stand mixer, it doesn’t have to be a Kitchen Aid! Haven’t tried it will a hand held mixer but it probably will work fine if you just shred a small amount at a time.
Yes it definitely works best when warm! Thank for sharing Brenda!
can you achieve the same results with any type of attachments on a hand mixer (or has to be a stand mixer)?
I tried using a basic hand mixer once before. It worked but it took a little longer and made a bit more of a mess. It might just take practice, which I haven’t done 🙂
We used our mixer the other night to do this for the first time! It was awesome! We had chicken tacos and still have plenty left over to use for enchiladas another night! Definitely shredded finer than 2 forks did!
This is so simple; I can’t believe I never thought of it, but I am so glad that you did. I am making chicken pot pie tonight and had no idea how to turn my grilled cutlets into shredded chicken without a ton of work. Thank you so much for this! I shredded mine right after sautéing in a skillet on the stove, and it worked out so well.
This worked great!!!! I can’t wait to start making my chicken noodle more often…. Husband is excited too… 🙂
I love this tip! So awesome!
Hi girls! I thought I’d let you know that this is the best tip EVER! I just tried it for the first time and it was AWESOME!!!
Thank you for saving me some time.
Very Nice Information about Stand mixer.
Can I buy this stand mixer in India? Can you provide me official website detail in India? Actually I want to know about stand mixer prices, specification, reviews and details of all available versions in India.
I would start here: https://international.kitchenaid.com/ Good luck!
I checked kitchenaid india website by the link, you provided. is this official website?
Yes, it is!
I tried this the other night with my Kitchen Aid hand mixer. Wow, it shredded up super quickly!! My husband thought I was nuts when I set up the hand mixer, took the chicken out of the sous vide, and dumped it in a bowl. He really thought I was joking when I picked up the mixer. 🙂 But that is such a great tip — thank you! I sometimes cook for church suppers, and having such nicely shredded chicken will help stretch our dollar for things like casseroles, enchiladas, etc.
Yay!! I still use this all the time, even years later! I’m so glad you love it. I hope you have a lifelong tip that will speed up all your chicken related kitchen endeavors!
I just tried this without the stand mixer. I have a KitchenAid hand mixer and cooked 6 lbs of boneless chicken breasts in the slow cooker today for BBQ chicken sandwiches. I thought what the heck I am going to try the
mixer method. It works. I got it our shredded it and put BBQ sauce on it and had it back in the slow cooker in
15 min. I will never stand and shred again!!!!!
YAY! I’m so glad you love it! We do too!
Can this work forvpork as well?
Yes it does!
I know this post is old, but I just tried this for the first time with my new KitchenAid stand mixer and it was AMAZING!! Shredded 3.5 lbs of chicken perfectly in about 45 seconds. Seriously this is the best hack ever. No waiting for the chicken to cool, no shredding by hand. Perfect.
Awesome! It’s a game changer, right!?
Thank you Cathy Yoder! I just received my first ever Stand Mixer for Christmas and I’ve been looking for recipes and ways to utilize all it’s functions and capabilities. I came across this post and I find this idea to be absolutely brilliant! If an appliance is going to sit on my limited counter space, I want to use it frequently. I’ll be adding this tip to my repertoire and making shredded chicken for all kinds of meals! Thanks again for a brilliant idea!
Hi Mary! You are so welcome! You will LOVE your kitchenaid! 🙂
I got a rotisserie chicken at Costco, so it is cooked and not warm. My I just heat it to shred it with my mixer? Thanks!
Hi Karen, that should work fine!