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25 Easy Shredded Chicken Recipes

These shredded chicken recipes create mouth-watering meals in minutes. 

The great thing about shredded chicken is that it’s so versatile.

You can use it in just about anything, from chili, pizza, and barbecue to chicken pot pie, tacos, and enchiladas.

BBQ Shredded Chicken in a Skillet
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25 Easy Recipes with Shredded Chicken

Just in case you’ve never experienced the delights of shredded chicken, I started this article out with a quick guide to making it. 

So, let’s dive into these fantastic shredded chicken recipes to serve for dinner tonight!

Shredded chicken meat in a white bowl.
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1. Easy Shredded Chicken + How to Shred Chicken

As with most dishes, there are plenty of ways to make shredded chicken.

While no single way is “the right way,” the how-to guide in this link is my favorite way to make it.

Once the chicken is fully cooked, shred it using two forks or a stand mixer. Voila!

You’ll have flavorful, moist shredded chicken in under 20 minutes.

2. Mexican Shredded Chicken

Okay, so I wanted to add one more recipe for making shredded chicken.

With this one, you can make shredded chicken with a somewhat Mexican flair. 

It’s spicy, well-seasoned, and has an authentic Tex-Mex/south-of-the-border flavor that tastes great in tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and other traditional Mexican recipes.   

Buns with coleslaw and shredded chicken meat filling.
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3. BBQ Chicken Sliders

These BBQ chicken sliders have everything you want in a sandwich. They’re smoky, savory, sweet, and creamy. 

It piles smoky BBQ chicken and tangy Greek yogurt coleslaw high on a hearty brioche bun. 

And the best part? It all comes together in the crockpot! It’s a must for those hectic weeknights.

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Chicken chili with beans, stock and chicken meat topped with cream served on a white bowl.

4.  Crockpot White Chicken Chili

If you crave something hearty yet light, let me introduce you to Crockpot white chicken chili. 

It has all the staples of chili: beans, hearty protein, and a thick stew-like base. 

But here’s where it takes a turn. The chili base infuses spicy pepper jack cheese and tangy sour cream. 

Trust me, you have to try this chili!

Pasta with creamy sauce and shredded chicken meat served on a bowl with fork.

5. Crack Chicken Noodle Soup

This isn’t your grandma’s recipe for chicken noodle soup. This shredded chicken recipe is even better than grandma’s!

Tender pasta noodles get the cheese treatment with tons of cheese and cream alongside shredded chicken. 

And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, it also includes bacon and ranch seasoning! This pulled chicken recipe will soon be in your weekly dinner rotation.

Chicken Tortilla Soup with beans, chicken, corn and tortilla chips served on a bowl.

6. Trisha Yearwood Chicken Tortilla Soup

Trisha Yearwood’s chicken tortilla soup is like a fiesta in a bowl. It pairs all the staples of a successful Taco Tuesday in a hearty, bone-warming bowl of soup. 

And shredded chicken just takes everything over the edge. It’s so tender and absorbs all the bright spices in this soup. 

Pair it with tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream on top. Perfection.

Sliced pizza with shredded chicken meat, red onion and sauce toppings.
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7. BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ chicken pizza isn’t one of my all-time favorite pizza varieties, but I know it’s popular with many people, so I decided to add it to the list. 

This six-ingredient recipe is simple and takes only 25 minutes from start to finish.

It’s cheesy and features the rich, smoky taste of barbecue, so if that’s your thing, you’ll love this pizza. 

Cheesy dip with chicken meat cooked on a skillet.

8. Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Want to be the life of the party? Then this shredded chicken recipe is a must-try.

With spicy Buffalo sauce, cream cheese, chicken, and ranch dressing, it’s everything you want in a party dip. 

Pair it with butter crackers, crisp veggies, and tortillas, or just eat it by the spoonful.

Nacho chips topped with  shredded chicken, tomatoes, black olives, salsa and avocado.
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9. Shredded Chicken Nachos

These are incredible and take less than an hour to prepare. The chips are crispy, and the cheese is gooey.

Plus, you can pile them high with so many other toppings, including shredded chicken, tomatoes, black olives, salsa, avocado, and more.

And that lime yogurt drizzle? Yeah. It’s so good; you’ll want to put it on practically everything.

Homemade Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Grapes and Parsley

10. Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Looking for pulled chicken recipes perfect for summer? This Rotisserie chicken salad will soon be your next go-to weeknight meal. 

What’s not to love? Juicy fall-off-the-bone rotisserie chicken with grapes and crunchy almonds. 

And that creamy base with fresh herbs just makes everything better!

Sliced quesadillas with melted cheddar cheese, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and spices fillings,
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11. Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas

Anyone who knows me can tell you how much I adore Mexican food, and this recipe for chipotle chicken quesadillas is one of my favorites.

They’re unbelievably good.

Full of melted cheddar cheese, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and spices, these will make your mouth water. 

Put a dollop of sour cream and some lime juice on each one, and you’ll have a real crowd-pleaser.

Tacos with shredded chicken, Diced pineapple, red bell peppers, red onions, lime juice, salt, and cilantro filling.
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12. Chicken Tacos

The perfectly seasoned chicken in these tacos tastes excellent, and the homemade cilantro sauce provides the perfect amount of tangy flavor. 

However, the real star of the show is the pineapple salsa.

Diced pineapple, red bell peppers, red onions, lime juice, salt, and cilantro are six simple ingredients that have no right to taste as amazing as they do.

Pieces of empanadas on a wooden board.
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13. Chicken Empanadas

I never had empanadas as a child, but even so, they’re a 100% comfort food for me.

I think it’s the warm, buttery, pastry-like crust, and the phenomenal caramelized onions. 

Whatever it is, though, there’s nothing I love better than coming home after a hard day to the smell of these fantastic things cooking.

Creamy tortellini pasta with sauce and shredded chicken.
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14. Chicken Tortellini Alfredo

This filling, garlic-y, and oh-so-creamy pasta is another fragrant, yummy meal that will put a smile on your face after a long day. 

It takes less than 30 minutes to make and is every cheese lover’s dream come true.

Best of all, other than the tortellini and the chicken, you probably have everything you need to make it in your kitchen already. 

Chicken pot pie whole and slice on top of a wooden table.

15. Bisquick Chicken Pot Pie

Bisquick chicken pot pie is so fast and easy. It’s the perfect comfort food when you are short on time. 

I mean, quick is in the name! It utilizes tender chicken in a thick and rich gravy that’s out of this world. 

And this Bisquick pie crust creates that golden shell that absorbs that gravy like a dream.

Stack of chicken wraps with buffalo sauce filling.
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16. Buffalo Chicken Wraps

These 5-minute buffalo chicken wraps are the stuff! Of course, I like anything I can make in 5 minutes or less, but these really are incredible.

They taste great; they’re filling, and they’re pretty healthy, too. 

Homemade Warm and Creamy Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings Soup

17. Chicken and Dumplings

When it comes to chicken and dumplings recipes, it’s hard to beat this copycat recipe from Cracker Barrel. 

The chicken is tender, and the dumplings are light and fluffy.

The broth is thick and has a wonderfully bold taste. It’s the perfect way to make chicken and dumplings. 

Chicken casserole with crumbly toppings, a portion of sliced missing.

18. Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole

Craving cheesy comfort food? Then say hello to cheesy crack chicken casserole! 

It has everything you want in comfort food: chicken, cheese, ranch seasoning, butter, and bacon. 

And the best part is that it only takes 30 minutes from fridge to table. How easy is that?

Cheesy tater tot on a glass casserole dish.
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19. Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

This recipe is so easy and so cheesy.

There are some tender chicken and crispy tater tots in the dish, as well, but it’s really all about the cheese in this one.

(Isn’t it always all about the cheese, though?)

It’s another one of those all-in-one meals that the whole family can enjoy. And this one even comes with its own built-in veggie serving.

Chicken enchiladas topped with melted cheese, marinara sauce and chopped parsley leaves.
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20. Shredded Chicken Enchiladas

This is one of my all-time favorite chicken enchilada recipes.

These combine everything you could want in enchiladas, and the homemade enchilada sauce is drool-worthy. 

Each one is messy and full of cheese, tomato, and garlic but that’s just fine with me. Anything that tastes this good can be as messy as it pleases.

Spoon scooping cheesy casserole

21. King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch chicken is the king of Tex-Mex cuisine. With creamy and spicy components, you don’t want to sleep on this recipe. 

Mexican spices bring on the heat, and creamy additions like sour cream and cheese cool everything down. 

Using pre-cooked chicken cuts the prep time in half, making this dish perfect for hectic weeknights.

Bowls of pasta with sauce and shredded chicken.
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22. Chicken Pasta Salad

I could make an entire meal of pasta salad, but it’s not exactly filling or nourishing. 

That’s where this chicken pasta salad comes in! Adding chicken to all the creamy components of pasta salad transforms your favorite side into a full meal. 

And that homemade creamy dressing takes everything over the edge. You have to try this recipe this summer!

Buns with shredded chicken, jalapenos, lettuce, ranch, and cheese filling.
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23. Jalapeno Popper Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Love jalapeno poppers, but don’t have the time to stuff all those peppers? This recipe captures the flavors of poppers with none of the fuss. 

And to make your life even easier, everything comes together in the Crockpot. 

Just add pre-cooked chicken, jalapenos, ranch, and cheese to your crock and let it do all the heavy lifting.

Soup with beans, tortilla and shredded chicken on a pot.

24. Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nothing warms your cold bones better than a hearty bowl of chicken tortilla soup. 

This recipe strikes the perfect balance between spicy and sweet. And using shredded chicken makes this dish ultra-hearty. 

With plenty of beans and hearty veggies, no one will go to bed hungry.

Pasta cooked with creamy sauce, mushroom, shredded chicken and chopped herbs served on a white plate.
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25. Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole

Everyone gets a little excited when this chicken tetrazzini casserole is on the menu!

It’s one of my favorite ways to use leftover chicken because it’s so hearty, creamy, and easy!

The pairing of chicken and mushrooms is a match made in heaven. And everything comes together in an amazing cheesy sauce.

25 Easy Shredded Chicken Recipes

Course: LunchCuisine: American


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This BBQ shredded chicken recipe shows you everything you need to know for the most tender, juicy BBQ chicken. It’s vibrant, smoky, and ready for sandwiches!


  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Stovetop method. Pat the chicken breasts dry and season with salt and pepper. Then, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken breasts in the skillet, and cook until golden brown (5 minutes per side). Pour in chicken broth and cover with a lid. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Instant Pot method. Add chicken breast and chick broth to the Instant Pot, and season with salt and pepper. Switch the pot to pressure cooker mode on high, and seal the lid. Cook for 10-12 minutes and then slowly release the pressure for about 15 minutes.
  • Oven method. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange chicken breasts on a plate and season with salt, pepper, and oil. Be sure to coat both sides. Place on a baking sheet, pour 1 cup of chicken broth on top and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Shred with a fork, add your favorite BBQ sauce, and enjoy!


  • To check if the chicken is fully cooked without a thermometer, pierce the thickest part; clear juices should run out.
  • After cooking in any method, shred the chicken in the cooking liquid to absorb more flavor before adding BBQ sauce.


  • Calories: 240kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Sodium: 772mg
  • Potassium: 53mg
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Calcium: 3mg
  • Iron: 0mg
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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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