One of the things that makes chicken so versatile is the way in which you can play with its texture. Have you ever tried shredding cooked chicken? Shredding your chicken before you use it not only creates a toothsome texture, but increases the surface space of the chicken, allowing it to absorb more saucy goodness and flavour. This makes shredded chicken a great choice for recipes like tacos, taquitos, calzones, or as a healthier substitute for pulled pork sandwiches.
Shredded chicken is easy to prepare and incorporate into your recipe. Start with cooked chicken. Any cooked chicken will do, whether it’s light or dark meat, baked, barbecued, poached - you name it. Using two forks simply pull apart the meat until finely shredded. Then add to your sauce or other ingredients and toss until fully combined.
Looking for inspiration for that leftover chicken in your fridge? Try one of these foolproof recipes using shredded chicken.
1. Chipotle Pulled Chicken on Corn Spoon Bread
Sweet and savoury come together in this scrumptious southern-inspired dish.
2. Pulled Chicken Sliders with Mango Barbecue Sauce and Pepper Jicama Slaw
Sweet, spicy and a little messy - what’s not to love about these saucy sliders?
3. Buffalo Chicken Dip
This simple dip requires only five ingredients and can easily serve a crowd (and keep them coming back for more!).
4. Instant Pot Chicken Burritos
Using the power of an Instant Pot, this flavourful dish is ready to serve in under an hour.
5. Chicken and Broccoli Calzones
Calzones are the perfect kid-friendly, grab-and-go lunchtime meal. They’re versatile, simple to prepare, and can easily be made ahead of time.
6. Baked Chicken Taquitos
These taquitos make the perfect appetizer or afternoon snack, and come together in a quick 35 minutes.
7. BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This sweet and spicy dish is hearty and filling, and makes a great weeknight dinner.
8. Broccoli, Bocconcini & Chicken Salad
Light, zesty and full of flavour, this healthy salad uses a ton of fresh herbs and veggies.