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All-Purpose Shredded Crock-Pot Chicken

I have a questions for you all first because I can never get it straight. Is it a slow-cooker or a crock-pot? What is your preferred verbiage for that favorite, time saving small kitchen appliance? For me, I always call it a crock-pot.

One of my favorite time saving methods in the kitchen is to use the crock-pot to make shredded chicken when I need it for other dishes. I have a great Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken recipe that I use in any Mexican chicken dish: Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Soft Tacos, and more.

I thought it was about time that I made a basic version of this recipe that could be used in non-Mexican flavored recipes. In this All-Purpose Shredded Crock-Pot Chicken, chicken breasts are slow cooked with broth, leeks, carrot, celery, onion, garlic and herbs for a tender, well-flavored shredded chicken.

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All-Purpose Shredded Crock-Pot Chicken is a great addition to a variety of recipes: Chicken Soup, Chicken Salad recipes, and casseroles (such as Chicken Tetrazzini or Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust.

I love being able to toss the chicken in the crock-pot and let it cook away all day long while I’m busy doing other things. The chicken becomes so tender that it practically falls apart, lessening the work on my end even more.

Jamie (check out her Crock-Pot Apple Butter) and I want you to share your favorite Slow Cooker/Crock-Pot recipes with us! You don’t need a blog to participate – check out how to enter below. Entries will have a chance to win a Oval-Shaped 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker and Raclette Party Grill from West Bend.

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All-Purpose Shredded Crock-Pot Chicken

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

This recipe is great for using in recipes to soups, stews, and casseroles that call for shredded chicken.


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 leek, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 large cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 small handful fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 small sprig rosemary, optional
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt, according to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Add all the ingredients to the crock-pot in the order listed. Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and very tender. It should be very easy to shred, almost to the point of shredding itself.
  2. Remove from crock-pot and let sit until cool enough to handle. Shred and use in a recipe. Alternatively, when the chicken has completely cooled you can freeze it in 2 cup increments and store in the freezer until you are ready to use it.


Try using your hand mixer to shred the cooked chicken.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 152Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 69mgSodium 579mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 26g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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West Bend Versatility Oval-Shaped 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker and West Bend Raclette Party Grill.

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