Monday, January 30, 2012

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

Recently I have been experimenting more with crock pot meals. Why, you ask?

1. At a "favorite things" party over Christmas, someone mentioned Crock Pot liners and I am now converted. You can buy them at the grocery store, 4 for about $1.97. Use them and throw them away and you don't have to wash your crock pot, amazing! Since I hate washing the crock pot more than anything, this motivates me to use it more often :)

2. I am starting a full time job today and I know that now I will be doing a lot more crock pot meals! 

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Anyways, this recipe was one I have wanted to come up with for a long time. 

It is simple recipe that is the perfect base for all kinds of foods. I think of using it in the same places I would a rotisserie chicken.

Simply cook your chicken in the crock pot on low for 5-6 hours. The chicken will become very tender and just fall apart. All you need is two forks to shred it up and you are done! So easy!

The chicken does not have a strong flavor since the point is you can use it for anything. I usually want to be able to use it for very different foods like chicken salad sandwiches but also nachos so I don't add any specific seasonings. If you know you will be using it for all Mexican food, add in some salsa, chili powder, cumin, diced chiles, etc. Or for Italian food, add basil and oregano and a can of diced tomatoes. 

I will be giving you some recipes in the coming weeks to spice the chicken up both while its cooking in the crock pot and once its cooked out of the crock pot.
We have used this chicken as a base for chicken salad, nachos, enchiladas, soup and pretty much anything else you could want! 

This recipe is also great because you could cook up as many chicken breasts as you wanted, just be sure to increase the liquid and seasonings as well and you would be all set!

 
Basic Crock Pot Shredded Chicken 
The Apron Gal

Ingredients
2 pounds chicken breasts [3 large]
3 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 onion, sliced
Directions

Place chicken breasts in crock pot. Add chicken broth and seasonings. Cover.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4. 

Once cooked, remove from crock pot to cutting board and shred using 2 forks.

Enjoy!

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