21 Easy Shredded Chicken Recipes

Not sure what to make with shredded chicken? Tired of reusing the same old recipes over and over? You’re going to love the shredded chicken recipes below! 

What to make with shredded chicken

Shredded chicken is fantastic. It’s easy to make (especially with a mixer – more on that below), it’s healthy, and it’s SUPER versatile.

That being said, sometimes we get stuck in a rut of using the same old recipes over and over again. Although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s nice to switch things up every once in a while! With the shredded chicken recipe ideas below, you can do just that.

We made sure to keep the recipes below easy and family-friendly, so they’re great for even the busiest weeknights. Get ready to add some variety to your dinner menu!

The Best Way to Shred Chicken

I know if you’re here you already know how to shred chicken, but don’t skip this section right away. There are multiple ways to do it and if you’re using the old fork method, let me tell you: there’s a better way!

If you really love shredded chicken dishes and you want to be able to make them super hassle-free, learn how to shred chicken with a mixer. It’s so fast, so easy, and can be done with a stand or hand mixer. You’ve got to try it!

What to Make With Shredded Chicken: 21 Easy Ideas

1. Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken

Mexican shredded chicken recipes

If you’re looking for something flavorful and fast, this instant pot Mexican chicken is a great choice. It’s super versatile too. Enjoy it in a salad bowl, in a tortilla, on nachos, whatever you feel like!

Get the full recipe: Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken

2. Quick Keto Chicken Recipe with Bacon and Ranch

Bacon ranch shredded chicken in pan

This is another easy one, and just look at how delicious it looks. It’s a family favorite too – how couldn’t it be? You’ve got bacon, cheese, shredded chicken, and creamy ranch! Plus there’s some broccoli in there to make it healthy.

Get the full recipe: Quick Keto Chicken Recipe with Bacon and Ranch

3. Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Green onion honey teriyaki chicken

Speaking of healthy shredded chicken recipes, this dish is only five Weight Watchers points! With homemade teriyaki sauce and a touch of honey, you’re getting some fantastic flavor here too.

Get the full recipe: Honey Teriyaki Chicken

4. Cilantro Lime Chicken Freezer Meal

Several shredded chicken tacos

You guys already know how much we love freezer meals and shredded chicken works AMAZING for meal prep! Once you make this cilantro lime chicken filling it can be served in tons of different ways too.

Get the full recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken Freezer Meal

5. Healthy Honey Sesame Chicken

Honey sesame shredded chicken served over rice with broccoli

This is another freezer-friendly, versatile recipe that’s full of flavor. It’s super quick too, taking only 20 minutes from start to finish! Love it!

Get the full recipe: Healthy Honey Sesame Chicken

6. Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash

Big bowl of stew

Clocking in at only 2 Weight Watchers points, this stew is healthy AND packed with a ton of deliciousness. You’ve got butternut squash, onion, tomato, quinoa, and more. Yum!

Oh, and this recipe is pretty quick to make too! Just under an hour from start to finish.

Get the full recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash

7. Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Shredded buffalo chicken nachos

Ok, you already know you’re going to want to try this one. I mean, who doesn’t like nachos? They’re not your typical dinner idea, but these aren’t your typical nachos either. They’ve got a bit of buffalo spice, a mix of cheeses, and of course some shredded chicken to pack in some protein!

Get the full recipe: Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Nachos

8. Green Chili Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

Chile chicken on a tortilla

Here’s another sweet Mexican shredded chicken recipe, this time flavored with salsa, brown sugar, cumin, green chilies, and Sprite soda! This is another recipe that can be served in many different ways: over rice, in a tortilla, on a salad, or even on a Mexican pizza.

Get the full recipe: Green Chili Chicken

9. Easy Pulled BBQ Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

Pulled bbq chicken in sandwich

With a sweet, tangy homemade BBQ sauce this chicken is full of flavor and goes perfectly on a sandwich bun. Simple yet delicious.

Get the full recipe: Easy Pulled BBQ Chicken

10. Easy BBQ Chicken Braid Recipe

Process of making a bbq chicken braid

Ok, this is one of my favorite shredded chicken recipes for two reasons: First, because of the size, there are typically always leftovers for the next day. Next, it’s super easy to make. The inside of the braid has shredded BBQ chicken, cheese, and green onions – that’s it!

Get the full recipe: Easy BBQ Chicken Braid

11. Easy BBQ Chicken & Black Bean Burritos Recipe

Shredded chicken burritos

Here’s yet another BBQ shredded chicken recipe, but this time in burrito form with black beans, corn, cheese, sour cream, and fresh cilantro. These are surprisingly easy to make and an awesome option for taco night! The filling is freezable too!

Get the full recipe: Easy BBQ Chicken & Black Bean Burritos

12. Easy Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Recipe

Plate of cream cheese shredded chicken

If you’re looking for something more creamy that serves really well over something simple (like rice or noodles) this cream cheese chicken is perfect.

Get the full recipe: Easy Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken

13. Healthy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Shredded chicken chili

Healthy, hearty, and super easy – all things that describe this white chicken chili. It’s packed with a ton of great ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to prepare! The rest of the cooking time is in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.

Get the full recipe: Healthy White Chicken Chili

14. Chicken Bacon & Ranch Mac N’ Cheese

Spoonful of chicken bacon macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a classic comfort food and this dish takes it to the next level. You’ve got a combination of three different cheeses, shredded chicken, bacon, ranch, and a nice topping of panko bread crumbs. SO good!

Get the full recipe: Chicken Bacon & Ranch Mac N’ Cheese

15. Pineapple Pepper Chicken Crockpot

Rice and pineapple chicken

Here’s another easy crockpot shredded chicken recipe, this time with a nice pineapple flavoring. That may sound like a strange combo at first but don’t knock it till you try it! This is freezer friendly too!

Get the full recipe: Pineapple Pepper Chicken

16. Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe

Chicken pesto pasta served with broccoli

Chicken pesto pasta is another classic dish and with some shredded grilled chicken in there it is fabulous! This is yet another one of our favorite shredded chicken recipes that is freezer friendly too – perfect for busy weeknights.

Get the full recipe: Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

17. Creamy Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey mustard shredded chicken served over rice

This is another super easy slow cooker shredded chicken recipe, this time with a sweet and creamy honey mustard sauce. Served over rice it’s simple and delicious. It’s freezer-friendly too!

Get the full recipe: Creamy Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

18. Rotel Crock Pot Chicken

Shredded chicken dishes

These may not be your traditional tacos, but they’re absolutely to die for. You’ll love the healthy homemade taco seasoning used in this recipe too! All the ingredients go together wonderfully.

Get the full recipe: Rotel Crock Pot Chicken

19. Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Enchiladas on a plate

Frozen chicken enchiladas are easy to find at the grocery store, but these homemade ones are so much better (and healthier)! Best of all you can make a big batch and have them on hand in the freezer for an easy lunch or dinner.

Get the full recipe: Freezer Chicken Enchiladas

20. Simple Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Bowl of chicken noodle soup

When it comes to healthy hearty meals nothing really compares to a homemade bowl of chicken noodle soup! This recipe is about as good as it gets.

Get the full recipe: Simple Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

21. Creamy Baked Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Stack of homemade taquitos

Taquitos are another one of those things that are easy to find in the frozen section of the grocery store, but making your own homemade is so much better and only requires a bit more effort.

Get the full recipe: Creamy Baked Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you found a few new shredded chicken recipes on this list to add to your arsenal of dinner dishes! It’s always good to slowly add new recipes into your rotation (especially if you’re a meal planner), so be sure to bookmark or pin this page so you can find these over and over again.

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Shredded chicken recipes

Meal Type: Main Dish, Recipe Roundup
Categories: Meat and Poultry

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