I've been working as a nutritionist for four years. My clients can tell you that I preach that meals don't have to be complicated.
Your Go-To Meal Prep Solution
Are you looking for an easy, meal prep solution to keep you on track with your goals? Let me introduce you to this super easy shredded chicken.
Chicken is one of the most versatile protein sources out there. Seriously, you can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a little snack on the go. And you can prepare it in a number of ways. No matter what your taste preference are, there is some delicious way for you to love what you eat and not get bored with your meals.
Simple Is the Goal
I've been working as a nutritionist for four years. Over this time, I've come to learn what seems to be the key to successful, long-term success in terms of health and wellness. And that is, by far, simplicity.
My clients can tell you that I preach that meals don't have to be complicated. I truly don't even follow many of your "traditional" recipes. Instead, my favorite formula to follow for building out a meal is as follows: one source of protein, one source of carbohydrate, one source of healthy fats, and the rest of the plate is filled with fruits and/or vegetables.
Simplicity means that there are no complicated recipes to follow with a million-and-one ingredients. Instead, I choose minimal, nutrient-dense ingredients that can be used in a variety of ways and different meals. Because, let's be honest, no one actually likes eating the same bland meal over and over again.
You Need Variety in Your Life
This easy shredded chicken can be used in a number of different ways. This keeps your meal prep routine as exciting as you need it to be!
On Sunday, or whatever free day may be in your schedule, cook up a batch of this chicken. Then keep it, unseasoned, in a container in the fridge for up to a week. One day, you can a serving for chicken salad with avocado. The next day you could do chicken tacos in lettuce cups. Then, you could throw some shredded chicken with herbs in an omelet and eat it with a cup of fruit. That's three different, nutritious, well-balanced meals with one recipe.
Seriously, it couldn't be easier.
Great for Batch Cooking
When I say this recipe is simple, I mean it. Like three steps, 30 minutes, and you have a solid amount of muscle-building protein for the week.
When I cook in this way, I call it batch cooking, you'll have a big batch that will last you through your week. It's the best way to save money (you're prepared!), save time (because you don't have to go for take-out!), and stay on track towards your ultimate wellness goals.
You only need three ingredients for this recipe - and chances are, you already have them in your house. You need four chicken breasts, enough water or broth to cover the chicken breasts in the pot, and a generous pinch of salt. Put all ingredients in a pot or deep skillet.
Set your pot on the stove, and bring the water or broth to a boil. Once it's boiling, turn the heat down and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes. You're looking for the chicken breasts to have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F before you take it off the heat.
Pull the chicken breasts out of the pot and let them cool. Once they've cooled to the touch, you can shred this a number of different ways. You can use two forks and pull apart the meat that way. You can also use a hand or stand mixer. This is by far the easiest way! You'll be surprised how easy the meat falls apart into eatable shreds.
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- 4 chicken breasts
- water or broth, enough to cover the chicken breasts
- 1 pinch salt
- Put the chicken in a saucepan or deep skillet and cover with water or broth and a generous pinch of salt.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer until chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Then drain and let cool.
- Using two forks, your hands, or a stand mixer, shred the chicken and transfer to an airtight container.
- Store in the fridge and use as necessary within a week.
A Great Chicken Recipe
So, now you have a big batch of chicken to use. But what should you do with it? Here's a recipe I love that comes together flawlessly and in a snap!
- Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps - These lettuce wraps come together quickly with precooked chicken (leftovers for the win!), bagged broccoli slaw and a 7-ingredient dressing that’s so good that you won’t be able to resist licking the spoon.
It's safe to say—no matter how you choose to use your shredded chicken, I promise you're going to love how easy it is and how much time it saves you!
Liza from USA on July 25, 2020:
Hi Chelsea, thank you for sharing a great way to prepare a simple meal with shredded chicken. My family consumed a lot of chicken and fish more than any other kind of meat. I enjoy cooking chicken for Malay traditional dishes. However, for example, I like shredded chicken in my chicken cranberry sandwich. Thanks for your expertise in healthy food preparation.