Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hand Pulled or Shredded Chicken from Baked Split Chicken Breasts (Cooking Tip, Meal Prep Method)

Easy technique for making tender, juicy pulled chicken for soups, enchiladas, Hawaiian haystack sauce, curries, chicken pot pies, and other recipes. Portions freeze well for easy meal prep. 3 options for cooking!

Oven Option:
Preheat oven to 350. Rub each split chicken breast with a teaspoon of olive oil. Place in baking dish (lined with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up). Sprinkle salt and pepper on top and cover dish with foil or lid. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool. Once chicken breasts are cool enough to handle pull the chicken off the bone and shred or chop to desired size pieces. Freeze in freezer zip top bags or containers for quick use in soups and other recipes.

Slow Cooker Option: 
Cook in slow cooker on low in 2 cups water, season with salt and pepper, until internal temperature reaches 165. 

Electric Pressure Cooker Option:
Spray pot with nonstick cooking spray. Add 2-4 split chicken breasts. Add salt and pepper and 1 cup of water. Cook on high pressure for 20-25 minutes. Quick release. Check temperature of chicken, should be 165. If not, just cook again for 3-5 more minutes. When it's cool enough to handle, hand shred and store in fridge or freeze for later use if needed.