If you prefer a home-cooked meal, chances are you find yourself shredding chicken pretty often. The simple ingredient completes chicken salad, fajitas, stir-fry, and even some spaghetti recipes. The tender meat leaves us full and refreshingly satisfied. Here’s the problem – shredding chicken isn’t quite as easy as it sounds.
Using a fork leaves us with crumbly, uneven pieces – not ideal. Some folks use a knife, but that results in chicken chunks instead of fluffy shreds. Of course, hand shredding the chicken is always an option, but this is a timely and unsanitary process. Plus, who wants chicken chucks stuck under their fingernails? None of these methods will produce the perfect outcome. We’ve got good news; there’s a better way–and it may even shock you.
More from Southern Living
The Best Way to Shred Chicken
You may be under the impression that handy-dandy hand mixers are reserved for making your favorite cake – think again. The common kitchen tool is actually a great way to shred chicken. Yes, seriously.
You can use pre-cooked or fresh baked chicken, although if the meat is still warm the shredding process is even easier. Simply place the parts of the chicken you want into a large bowl and begin shredding it with your hand mixer on low speed. Continue this process until the chicken shreds are at your desired texture. You won’t believe how fast and easy this process is – you’ll never go back to forks, knives, or fingers!
Give the hand mixer a try, and you’ll surely be motivated to make fresh, shredded chicken dinners more often. Do you want to know the best part? The hand mixer method also works flawlessly on beef, pork tenderloin, or pork shoulder. If you’re dying to take a crack at it, check out our chicken enchilada casserole, slow-cooked barbecued chicken sandwiches, or white lightning chicken chili. As always, let us know what you think.