#1 –Baked Skin-on, Bone-in Chicken
This is the least expensive but still easy and quick! Use this when your paycheck is running low!
In a sided pan, add rinsed and dried chicken. (You can use split breasts or thighs. I like to find what is on sale!) Sprinkle with house seasoning – salt, pepper, garlic powder and a drizzle of olive oil. (Use Cumin for south of the border recipes!) Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
TIP: You can also bake frozen chicken uncovered and seasoned just the same!
Pros: Very cheap!! Simple ingredients, Chicken comes out REALLY moist.
Cons: A little more oils, but not bad – more preparation time with removing skin and deboning.
#2 –CrockPot skinless, boneless Chicken Breast/Thighs
I use this one a lot! It takes a bit of forethought but it’s super quick to set up and easy and is less money than a rotisserie, plus a LOT healthier.
In a small crockpot (double recipe for large crockpot!) add 2-3 uncooked fresh OR frozen chicken breasts. (I’ve tried browning the outsides first and it doesn’t do much difference and just adds extra fat from the oil!) Pour in fat free chicken broth until ALMOST covered add 1 bay leaf, and 1/4 cup sliced onion. (You can also add some garlic, carrot/celery if you have it on hand) Simmer on low for 7-8 hrs or high for 4 hrs. Drain, cool, and pull apart. It seriously just falls apart! Be sure to discard any extra fat or unwanted tendons.
Pros: Low fat, EASY to shred…you know what is in it!
Cons: time in crockpot
#3 – Pulled Rotisserie Chicken
The most obvious and what most people seem to resort to in a bind. This is the FASTEST way (Other than canned chicken, which is actually not bad if it is used smothered with other ingredients as in a buffalo/taco dip). Just pull chicken once it’s cooled a bit! Yields about 4-5 cups.
Pros: Quick, Freshly pulled chicken with lots of flavor
Cons: Preservatives/Artificial Flavors, High in salt and more fatty
#4 – Canned Chicken
Drain and Add!
Pros – Easiest by FAR!
Cons – Expensive, Low quality taste on its own – risk of preservatives and additives, and if anyone finds out they might get grossed out – especially if they have had a cat.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH SHREDDED CHICKEN???
A MILLION THINGS!!! (Will add recipes soon!)
Sopa de Arroz con Pollo (One of my FAVS!!)
Chicken and Zucchini Chilaquiles
Barbeque Chicken Pizza
Baba’s Matzo Ball Soup
Paula’s EASY Chicken Pot Pie
Dilled Chicken Salad
Curried Chicken Salad
Chicken Enchiladas – Verde/Red/Mole
Homemade Chicken n Dumplings
And the list goes on….
WHY so many shredded chicken recipes???
Because it is CHEAP, and a little goes a LONG WAY.
When you are in a bind financially, eat only two different meats per week, the majority being pulled chicken. Make a big batch on your free day and you will have tons of recipes at your finger tips ALL week long. Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat like it!!!
Have any other favorite ways for shredded chicken? Let me know!