Crockpot Shredded Rotisserie Chicken + TWO HOT TIPS

So recently I posted on Instagram and Facebook that I was making my weekly shredded chicken in the crock pot.  I was shocked at how any questions I got about it.  I thought everyone made shredded chicken in the crock pot weekly.  Apparently I am in the minority.  I will make it every Monday.  I use it in salad, soups, chicken salad, quesadillas, chicken nachos, etc.  It is nice to have a quick and healthy protein to throw in any dish.  So just in case there are some of you out there that haven’t heard cooking chicken in the crockpot is a phenomenal idea here is how I do it.

crockpot shredded rotiserrie chicken



I start with two thawed chicken breasts and just rinse them and throw them in the crock pot (many people toss them in frozen and they say that works too).  I don’t add any liquid.

cooking chicken in the slow cooker

Then very heavy-handedly I sprinkle the McCormick’s Perfect Pinch Rotisserie all over it.

rotiserrie chicken blend

Mccormicks rotisserie chicken

HOT TIP NUMBER #1

write on crockpot lid the time

I set my crockpot to low and then I use a Vis-A-Vis dry erase marker on the lid and write what time I put it in the crockpot because seriously I can’t tell you how many conversations I have with myself asking “Now what time did you put that _____ in the crockpot?”  Apparently my mind was sharper in my twenties before I had kids, but I can’t remember.  HA!  Anyway it is just something I have gotten in the habit of doing to make it easier on myself to not overcook.

I usually cook it on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 4.

cooking chicken in the crockpot

HOT TIP NUMBER #2

using kitchenaid to shred chicken

Now this was floating around Pinterest a about 3 years ago (I tried without fail to find the original source) and it changed my life.  I simply remove the chicken breasts (keep the liquid) and throw it in my Kitchen Aid with the paddle bit in place and turn it on low for about 15 seconds.  Instant shredded chicken.  No need to shred it with forks while you fling chicken out of the crockpot or chicken juice in your eye.  Life changing I tell you.

I put it back in the liquid and stir it up and then let it cool.  Once cool I put it in a storage container and keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days.

storing shredded chicken

The Rotisserie blend makes it taste like those deli rotisserie chickens you buy when you run out of time to make a meal.  It is a nice flavor for any kind of dish.

crockpot shredded chicken

For lunch I will have tortilla chips, shredded chicken and my homemade salsa many days of the week.  YUM-O

So are you a crockpot chicken maker?  If so please tell me how you use it!  I am always looking for yummy chicken recipes.





  • http://www.architectureofamom.com/ Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom

    I love that Rotisserie chicken seasoning! I use a whole chicken in the crockpot with that seasoning, but I’ll have to try the chicken breasts–looks a lot easier.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      It’s way easy, which is why I like it ;)

  • julie workman

    I love my crockpot…I like to dump a few chicken breasts in, sprinkle with parmesan and top with pasta sauce. If I’ve got 30 minutes when I get home, a couple handfuls of pasta and a cup of water get added and turned up to high. Instant chicken parm dinner!
    Then there’s always taco soup/chicken-salsa soup – so easy!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  • CittieBlog

    I usually do chicken in salsa in the crockpot, great for chicken tacos or nachos! I will definitely try the mixer idea, way better than flying chicken!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yummo! I will have to try it with my homemade salsa.

  • Karen Kuhn

    what size crock pot do you use? I have a 6qt but I just bought a 1.5qt that holds up to a 16oz Roast. (serves 2-3 people). I am wondering if the cooking time will be shorter?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I have the Hamilton Beach one that has three size crocks. I usually use the smaller one.

  • Stephanie

    LOVE the crock pot. My favorite shredded chicken recipe is chicken tortilla soup. So easy. Basically all you have to do is open cans. Just 1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained), 1 can of white beans (rinsed and drained), 1 can of tomatoes with green chilies, 1 can of corn, taco seasoning, and shredded chicken, plus enough water to fill the pot. I do it in the crock pot on low for 6-8 hours, but it works on the stove top too. We top it with shredded cheese, soup cream, and tortilla chips.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Sounds delish!!!

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