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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Some of my most popular recipes on the blog are chicken breast and slow cooker recipes. This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken combines these two elements into one easy, wholesome, and versatile recipe. It’s the perfect base for a wide range of meals such as sandwiches, burritos, tacos, salads, or casseroles.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms. All opinions are 100% mine.

Shredded Chicken in a slow cooker

This recipe features chicken breast slow cooked in a simple blend of pantry spices until fork tender. Even better, it requires almost no hands-on time and can be started in the morning so you can come home to a ready-made dinner and delicious smelling home. That’s one of my favorite parts of slow cooking, just set it and forget until you are ready to enjoy.

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken on a plate

This shredded slow cooker chicken can be made with just a few spices you have on hand, but I like to include additional seasonings for more complex flavors. You most likely already have all of them in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need.

Chicken and spices prepared on a counter

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

  • Chicken breast
  • Chicken stock (or broth)
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper

For the best flavor and guaranteed delicious chicken, I recommend Foster Farms Simply RaisedⓇ Free Range Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets. These are antibiotic-free, air-chilled, raised free range with 100% vegetarian feed and no added hormones. Their chicken is humanley raised by local farmers.

Package of Foster Farms chicken next to a plate of Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

This is a brand that’s in my regular rotation. You can taste the difference and feel good about using quality chicken. Look for their products at a retailer near you or use their store finder.

Chicken breasts covered in spices in a slow cooker ready to cook

How to Make Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Simply add chicken breasts to a slow cooker and add chicken stock. Then sprinkle both sides with the spices and seasonings. Cover and cook in a slow cooker or Crockpot on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. Open the lid, let cool slightly, then shred the chicken breasts with a fork or meat shredder. Stir into the liquid and use it in your favorite meal.

Just cooked chicken breasts in a slow cooker

Answers to Common Questions

How Long to Slow Cook Chicken

Slow cook chicken breast in a slow cooker or Crockpot on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.

Should You Close Lid While Slow Cooking

It is recommended to cover the chicken (and other meats) while slow cooking. This will hold in the heat and moisture, and prevent drying out.

Do You Need to Add Liquid

Unlike pressure cooking, liquid is not required when slow cooking. For this shredded chicken breast, chicken stock is included to add moisture and flavor. It also helps blend in the spices and seasonings more evenly.

Using meat claws to shred slow cooked chicken

What to Serve Shredded Chicken With

This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Breast can go with almost any recipe.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use it.

  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Enchiladas
  • Shredded chicken sandwiches
  • Casseroles
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Stir-fry
  • Breakfast scrambles or omelets

How Long to Store Leftovers

Cooked chicken will store in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. If you want to cook extras you can freeze the shredded chicken for longer storage.

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Using meat claws to shred slow cooked chicken
5 from 4 votes

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken in a slow cooker, slow cooker chicken, slow cooker chicken breats, Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Calories 177kcal
Servings 10
Author: Matt Ivan
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  • 3 pounds Foster Farms Free Range Simply Raised Chicken Breast Fillets
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock, or broth
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker or Crockpot.
  • Add the chicken stock.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the remaining spices and ingredients. Sprinkle half of it over the chicken breast. Rotate the chicken then sprinkle with the remaining seasoning blend.
  • Cover and slow cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. Remove the lid and let cool slightly.
  • Transfer the chicken to another large dish or bowl, reserving any remaining liquid. Use two forks or a meat shredder to shred the chicken into small pieces.
  • Stir the shredded chicken back into the reserved liquid and serve as desired. Some serving suggestions are sandwiches, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, soups, salads, or casseroles.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 (5-ounce) serving of chicken)
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 463mg20%
Potassium 592mg17%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 604IU12%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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