Cook chicken once, and use shredded chicken in these 19 different meal ideas!
About the only foods I like to ‘prep’ anymore is my proteins. I’ll usually cook some chicken, hard boiled eggs, and cook up some ground beef or turkey.
Maybe other people are a lot busier than me, but it feels lately like saving 5 minutes to cut veggies ahead of time, just isn’t worth it anymore.
But, because I do have 3 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the instant pot right now (with just some salt and a small amount of water), I decided to make a quick list of things I would make with my cooked shredded chicken!
Boneless skinless chicken thighs are our favorite meat to cook and shred in the instant pot. We’ve never been a chicken breast family. I am getting better about cooking the chicken breasts so they don’t dry out.
But the thighs literally never dry out! You’d have to REALLY overcook them to cause them to dry out.
And, it’s not just how moist they are. Thighs aren’t that much higher in fat and calories than breasts! So, I’m not really sure why so many people are breast people.
I suppose these same meals could be made with Rotisserie chicken, but the texture is slightly different to me.
19 meal ideas for shredded chicken!
- Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Chicken Pillows
- Taco soup
- Pizza toppings
- Chicken noodle soup
- Lunch wrap
- Chicken chili
- Spaghetti squash with butter, chicken and cheese.
- Chicken alfredo
- Cold chicken salad (the kind with mayo)
- Topping for a green salad
- Chicken over rice
- Stir fry
- Chicken pot pie
- Chicken stuffing casserole
Those are my favorite 19 things to do with my shredded chicken! I can’t wait till it comes out of the instant pot.
This meal on the kids Choose MyPlate Portion plate was
- Chicken thighs, 2 ounces
- BBQ Sauce, 1 tablespoon
- Corn, 2/3 cup
- Strawberries, 4 ounces
- Honey Rye bread (from a bakery!)