Shred chicken using a mixer
Yesterday I discovered how easy it is to shred cooked chicken breasts with my KitchenAid mixer! After a suggestion from a Facebook fan, I tossed my cooked chicken breasts into my Kitchenaid Mixer and using the paddle attachment – I had shredded chicken in a fraction of the time and without a mess or burned fingers! In the past I had shredded chicken using two forks and a big cutting board – no longer!
This is the chicken before shredding it. I tossed the chicken breasts straight from the slow cooker.* Easy, easy. Using the paddle attachment, just “mix” it until it’s the consistency that you like!
You can use any kind of mixer. If you have a handheld mixer (like this one, Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer, Stainless and White) it should work as well, but could chop it up a bit finer than the paddle on the mixer (KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer).
Then I put it into Ziploc freezer bags, measured out in 1 pound and 1.5 pound increments, and then I toss this in the freezer until I have a recipe that calls for shredded chicken.
*I tossed about 6-8 whole fresh chicken breasts into my crockpot with a carton of chicken broth and cooked on high for 3-4 hours until fully cooked.
Have you ever done this before? What else do you use your kitchen mixer for?
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Darn – all these years I should have been trying this. Guess old dogs scan learn new tricks!
Is there any way to get the same results with a hand mixer? Not sure if they even make similar attachments for hand mixers.
Heather Clarke says
Hi Jess – good question. Can’t hurt to try!
I love this because I hate to shred it by hand. I will definantly try it next time. Thaks for the tip!
Yes! I love this trick and use it regularly.
One warning however, don’t be lazy (like me) and wait until the next day to shred your chicken breasts!
I got my Zaycon chicken on Saturday and roasted up about 10 lbs., but I got lazy and just threw it in my fridge when it was cooked. On Sunday when I started to shred it using my mixer I found out that it does not work as well with cold chicken. Even using the lowest speed it was throwing out pieces of chicken all over and turned some of it into mush! Just plan on shredding it while it’s still warm and you’ll never go back to shredding it by hand.
You can do this will pork or beef roasts as well.
Kristine May says
I’m so glad this worked for you! When there’s a good deal on pork loin roasts at Costco, I’ll use this trick. Or a big batch of pot roast. BTW, if you need a quick meal and frugal amount of fuss, heat said shredded chicken in the microwave, mix with BBQ sauce, serve on toasted buns or Sweet Hawaiian rolls. Viola’! BBQ Chicken sandwiches served with your favorite vegetable side.
I learned this from Pinterest a year ago and use this method regularly! It’s ingenious!!
This is flipping awesome! I just got my first kitchen aid this last chicken and am excited when I find MORE things it can do. 🙂 like you said, ” no more burnt fingers again” yay!