I could name a hundred recipes where shredded meat or protein holds the dish together. However, it isn’t easy to shred tough red meats that come from big animals. Poultry is undoubtedly the leading choice, as it is lean and tender.
Chicken takes the win when it comes to convenience because the taste is favored by the majority, and it doesn’t require a prolonged cooking time. I would also add that it complements a wide range of foodstuffs and is budget-friendly.
I have lost count of how many times shredded chicken has helped me with an impromptu dinner party or in putting together a quick and wholesome meal whenever I’m short on time.
Over the years, I have collected 50 notable shredded chicken recipes that I revisit time and time again!
If someone offered me this creamy cheesy casserole, the simple answer would be “yes.” It’s a classic comfort dish that isn’t too extravagant, complex, or spicy, and that makes it so pleasurable for some reason.
If you want to make a quick and tasty meat-based potpie, shredded chicken is your best bet. The best part of this recipe is that it doesn’t even require pie dough!
Once upon a time, my partner was working late and requested a home-cooked meal around midnight. I knew a sandwich would make him sad, so I whipped up this shredded chicken recipe; he was so grateful and happy!
4. Chicken Bog
This shredded chicken recipe is a specialty of South Carolina, and it’s always a hit at family gatherings. Something about this dish makes you feel at home, so I’d say it’s a miraculous cure for homesickness.
Whether you’re eating a sandwich, a taco, or a pie, it all comes down to the filling. If the filling isn’t flavorful and plentiful, the food is no good. Mexican shredded chicken packs heat and intense flavor, so no chance of blandness.
Chicken Tinga is a spicy shredded chicken mix you can add to any dish to spice it up. I’ve mixed it with fried rice, put it in tacos with dressing and salad, and used it as a topping on pizza.
My partner gets annoyed when the filling falls out of his taco. This usually happens when the filling is too chunky, and its components don’t stick together. These shredded chicken tacos are relatively stable, and I consider that commendable.
Last summer, my sister and I had a nacho standoff on family movie night. Whoever made the best nacho dish would pick the movie. Thanks to this shredded chicken recipe, we got to watch a decent film.
Whenever you have any leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken breasts, make this creamy soup and put it to good use. You may modify the recipe by using a different variety of legumes, fewer spices, and likewise.
If you like recipes that are out of the box and creative, you will surely admire Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits. This is the kind of chicken potpie that can transform haters into fans!
11. Chicken Cobbler
This shredded chicken recipe is inspired by a viral food trend on TikTok, and it is legit good! Chicken Cobbler is an improvised Chicken Pot Pie for amateurs, but it turns out better than expected, so I give it a solid eight out of ten.
Here’s another creative version of chicken pot pie that is worth a try. You can use any kind of biscuit dough for this recipe and have it ready to eat within an hour.
Shredded chicken and coleslaw are fast friends, and their flavors shine in the embrace of a tortilla. The coleslaw in this recipe is prepared just the way I like it, and I love how pineapple is included for subtle sweetness.
Do you want to enjoy the intense and mouthwatering flavors of barbequed chicken without preparing it in the traditional way? This shredded chicken recipe is a shortcut method to create amazing barbeque stuffing for wraps, sandwiches, and more.
Latin Shredded Chicken Stew is a beautiful blend of Asian flavors soaked into your favorite lean protein. I make this dish almost every week and pair it with rice or noodles for a complete and satisfying meal.
Since shredded chicken is ideal for fillings and stuffing, how can we not talk about quesadillas? You can use leftover chicken for this recipe, but I usually prefer freshly poached chicken.
Sometimes it’s just easier to prep food the night before or earlier, especially if you’re expecting guests and need to put in substantial work. Make-Ahead Stuffed Chicken Tortillas will surely add more convenience to your life.
If you enjoy a saucy and tangy filling in your sandwiches, this shredded chicken recipe is bound to please your taste buds. The recipe includes pickles, salsa, and chili, which give it a powerful flavor profile.
Chicken noodle soup is a dish I would cherish any time of the day, particularly during the winter season. It’s easy to make, offers ample room for variation, and never fails to put a smile on the face of the consumer.
Stir-fried veggies were an occasional side dish on my dining table, and they never got much attention. However, since I followed this recipe and started adding shredded chicken, it has become a family favorite.
If you are fond of chicken Caesar salad and chicken sandwiches, this recipe might become your next food crush. For this recipe, the chicken is slow-cooked in broth with parsley and pepper, which creates a tremendous explosion of flavor.
My friend was constantly complaining about her children eating junk from fast food joints and grimacing at the food she put on the table. I suggested she make something appealing like these easy Shredded Rotisserie Chicken Sliders, and it helped!
These delicious Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce are perfect for everyone trying to cut down on carb intake and adopt healthier eating habits. Ditch the disgusting, greasy chips and opt for these at snack time.
24. Lemon Orzo Salad
Whenever I add shredded chicken to my salad, it turns my frown upside down. Lemon Orzo Salad with Chicken is just what I need to recharge on summer afternoons and avoid putting on any extra weight.
This is a casserole-style dish incorporating ziti, a small tubular pasta that is similar to bucatini but thicker. I made a big bowl of this for my nephew’s birthday bash, and there were no leftovers.
Did you know that “Cacciatore” is an Italian word that means “hunter”? This shredded chicken recipe is prepared hunter-style, which entails that it contains a generous amount of onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
Tomato Spinach Chicken Pasta is an effortless comfort food I can prepare anytime with basic household ingredients. It is a well-balanced nutritious meal that can be served at lunch or dinner.
“Enchilada” and “casserole” are two crowd-pleasing foods that make waves when combined together. Leftovers of this dish can turn soggy in the fridge, so I heat them in the oven for a bit to restore the crispiness.
This colorful and fiery salad never goes unnoticed on the dining table. It’s a perfect side dish for relatively bland meals, such as lentils and rice. You may customize it with seasonal vegetables and condiments of your choice.
This Asian-style shredded chicken salad is crunchy, vibrant, and wholesome. The vinaigrette in this recipe is unlike any you may have tried before, and it is truly phenomenal in every aspect.
This shredded chicken recipe only takes five minutes of prep; you just toss the ingredients into a crockpot and then catch up on your beauty sleep. This dish contains no dairy, gluten, grains, nuts, sugar, or eggs!
I was babysitting my nephew one time, and he asked me if we could make pizza with nachos as the base. I thought it was an interesting concept and stumbled upon this recipe; I made it, and he loved it.
Most of the time, I order pizza instead of making one myself, but this shredded chicken recipe changed my mind. It’s so easy, quick, and economical that you won’t find a reason not to try it more than once.
Stuffed baked potatoes are so fun to make, and even more enjoyable when it’s time to eat. Not to mention, they are much healthier and a lot more filling than fried potato snacks.
35. Chicken Empanada
These empanadas with shredded chicken are like fluffy edible pillows that will capture your heart with the first bite. Making the perfect empanada takes a bit of practice, but if I can do it, then so can you!
If you have leftover chicken and a bag of frozen tater tots in the freezer, surprise your loved ones with this fun-filled recipe over the weekend. I like to make this with fresh vegetables, but it’s okay to use frozen or canned too.
This enchiladas recipe only requires five ingredients and a casserole dish to bake. The author has included a sub-recipe for making enchilada sauce at home in ten minutes, but you are permitted to use the commercial kind as well.
Here’s a classic chicken salad made with some basic greens, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and a bit of lemon for citrusy notes. The leftovers are the perfect excuse to whip up some cold chicken sandwiches the next day.
Here’s another slow cooker recipe to reserve for eventful days, so you have something heartwarming to devour by the time you’re free and famished. This shredded chicken recipe pairs exceptionally well with orzo, which is pasta shaped like grains of rice.
A quick pasta dish is the easiest way to please the family at the end of a busy weekday. If you’ve got pesto and leftover shredded chicken, this one can be put on the table in no time.
Recreating Korean rice bowls at home is one of my favorite hobbies. The vibrant and piquant food ingredients of Korean cuisine inspire me to put in a little extra effort and wow my loved ones with unique recipes.
This slow chicken gravy has what it takes to be the show-stopper at a dinner feast during the winter holiday season. Serve it with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and dinner rolls for the ultimate dining experience.
Gyros are a much-loved street food, and with this shredded chicken recipe, I can make a healthier version at home. They’re similar to shawarmas, but I prefer them because they are less spicy and excel in freshness.
The idea of a chicken dip had me confused for a minute, but I was intrigued by this recipe. I decided to make it for game night and serve it with chips, nachos, and crackers; it disappeared rather quickly.
Bean soups and stews are generally hassle-free to make and they can easily be stored in the freezer. Adding shredded chicken to bean-based dishes enhances the overall flavor to a great extent while increasing nutritional value.
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup is rich and chunky, so you can make this when your heart yearns for a lavish meal. If you prefer a smooth consistency, you may use a hand blender to achieve it.
47. Chicken Fajitas
If you are not a fan of regular fajita chunks, you may give a chance to this shredded chicken recipe instead. Now you can evenly spread your chicken fajita filling in sandwiches, taco shells, and casseroles.
One day I asked my partner if I should make tacos for dinner, and he told me to make the filling crunchy and zesty. Luckily, I found this recipe and he got just what he wanted.
There’s so much you can do with leftover chicken on your hands. Grab a handful of seasonal veggies, your favorite condiments, and a staple (such as rice or pasta) to build your own Bulgogi Bowl.
I may not be a salad enthusiast, but I know for sure that Cobb salads are the king of all salads. Unlike many conventional salads, they can replace an actual meal and keep you energized for hours.
Mango Cashew Shredded Chicken Curry
- 2 cups of pre-cooked and shredded chicken (from rotisserie or leftovers)
- 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
- ½ cup of cashews, toasted and roughly chopped
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp of freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp of curry powder
- ½ tsp of ground turmeric
- ½ tsp of ground cumin
- ½ tsp of ground coriander
- ¼ tsp of cinnamon
- ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp of cooking oil
- Salt and pepper, as needed
- Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
- Cooked rice or naan bread for serving
- Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and cook until it becomes soft and translucent.
- Toss the minced garlic and freshly grated ginger into the skillet. Sauté for about a minute until their aromas are released.
- Mix in the curry powder, ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Cook for an additional minute to lightly toast the spices and develop their flavors.
- Pour the coconut milk and chicken or vegetable broth into the skillet, bringing the mixture to a gentle simmer.
- Introduce the shredded chicken into the skillet, stirring it to combine with the curry sauce. Allow the mixture to simmer for around 5-7 minutes, letting the flavors meld.
- Gently fold in the diced mango and chopped cashews. Allow the curry to simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the mango is heated through.
- Taste the curry and season with salt and pepper according to your taste preference.
- Serve the Mango Cashew Shredded Chicken Curry over cooked rice or with naan bread. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a pop of color and freshness.