How to shred chicken in less than a minute

Let’s just say that not everything on Pintereset can be replicated with huge success. The above photo illustrates a “PINTEREST FAIL” when I tried to make cookie bowls on the outside of my mini bunt pan! Wah-wah-wah!!!

Did that total fail keep me from trying other new techniques I learn about on Pinterest? No! And thank heavens it didn’t becasue I think my life will forever be changed because of this little ditty….

“How to shred Chicken in your KitchenAid” originally shared by Simply Healthy Family.

Who knew? Who knew I was shredding chicken wrong all these years! No more wasting time shredding chicken with two forks! It’s all about the KitchenAid!

Shred Chicken in less then a minute! Place whole cooked chicken breast hot from the pan or boiling water and place them into your KitchenAid with the beater attachment.

Add your splatter guard if you have one and turn that bad boy on to a medium setting for about 45 sec.

And like magic you get shredded chicken in seconds! Hello time saver! Looks like Chicken Enchilada’s are making the menu more often thanks to this technique!



  1. 1

    Wow, that is such a great tip!! I don’t have a splatter guard, though, could that be a mess waiting to happen? I’ll try a towel.

    And thanks for sharing your messes. The cookie cup made me smile!

    • 2

      I bet it you covered with a towel you’d be fine! I tried it first without my guard and it spit chicken in my face so anything to help keep it in the bowl is all you need!

    • 3

      Have you ever tried using a paper plate as a splash guard? Fold one in half & cut along the fold line til you reach the center. You may have to cut a few slits around the center itself to make it fit better, but you should be able to slide the paper plate around the top of your beater. Hold it steady when you turn the mixer on & it will reduce the splatter.

  2. 5

    I’ve seen this idea on pinterest too. It turned out pretty much the same as your cookie bowl. Make sure your chicken is HOT. If you try to shred it cold it will be more of a powder. Not so much what I was going for but I am glad to know it works when the chicken is still warm.

    • 6

      So sad the cookie bowls were such a FAIL! How cool had it worked! YES!!! HOT chicken!

      • 7

        My cookie bowls turned out PERFECT! why is the dough between the cup? That may be your problem. We did chocolate chip and had homemade ice cream in several flavors with horse sprinkles. The kids AND adult’s were ecstatic. Keep trying do it exactly……the way it says. I got my how to from Rachel Ray show. She is so fun!

  3. 8
    Julie Anne says:

    I keep trying to avoid Pinterest, but ideas like thus might just get me to sign up!!

    • 9

      I warn you! It’s addicting but with tips like this it’s also life changing!

    • 10
      Melissa Hebert says:

      Julie Anne, please don’t deny yourself the pleasure of pinterest. It has truly changed the way I cook. The recipes are amazing and I have tried more new foods this last year than ever. It just helps you think outside the box a bit. Use it as a learning tool if nothing else. Hope you change your mind!!!!!

  4. 11

    What a great idea! I love finding more reasons to use my KitchenAid

  5. 14

    I have to admit, I am an avid pinterest-er and I have NOT seen this. Thankfully I follow your blog though, whew. lol. I LOVE homemade enchiladas, and the time factor was ALWAYS the issue (4 kids don’t give much free time, especially since there are still 2 not in school yet).

    Thank-you Thank-you!!!

  6. 16

    Would have never thought to shred chicken with the mixer, love it! PS I tried the cookie bowls, big FAIL!!!!

  7. 19

    How awesome is this?!? Just another thing to add to the long list of why I love, love, love my Kitchen Aid. Thanks for sharing.

  8. 20

    Holy Moly, how easy it that! Great tip. Thanks.

  9. 21

    i love knowing all the fails on pinterest, that way I don’t waste my time… but this chicken trick fits my lifestyle!!! thanks.

  10. 23

    I saw the chicken thing on Pinterest as well and just did it the other night – magic! So fast and easy – love it!

  11. 24

    Such a great idea! Shredded chicken in my house is chopped!

  12. 25

    I’m so glad you showed a Pinterest fail here. I made one of the Mexican casserole dishes this past weekend that was horrible! Looked nothing like the picture and tasted more like chilis than chicken. Ew!

  13. 26

    Okay you just changed my life. Seriously!

  14. 27

    Oh man, that is one of the best tips ever! I am definitely going to be doing this from now on.

  15. 28
    Michelle Lubbers says:!!! Holy Smokes. Pinterest is a time sucker, but when it saves me time, it’s ALL good.

  16. 30

    Wonder if it would work for shredded pork? Think if you chunk it up and then put it in the Kitchenaid it would work? Love to make either pulled pork or shredded italian beef.

  17. 32

    What? That is awesome! Thank you for sharing this fantastic time saving tip!

  18. 33

    That’s my favorite thing I’ve found on Pinterest too! It’s saved me SO much time since I found it! I use shredded chicken for about a third of my chicken recipes, so I now cook a third of what I buy at the store as soon as I get home, shred it in the KitchenAid and stick it straight into bags to freeze. Another third gets cut into nugget-sized portions and the other third gets frozen whole. It’s SO nice to have prep-work done and it was THIS tip that inspired me to do it!

    • 34

      That’s a great idea! I’ll have to start paying more attention to how often I need shredded chicken and take your advice and prep it early! MORE time saving tips! LOVE it!

  19. 35

    Genius idea for shredding chicken

  20. 36

    Aha! I wondered if that cookie bowl thing would work! Good to know…

  21. 37

    HaaaHaaaaa! I can’t believe how popular this is. I’m glad I posted this, it sounds like I’ve made a lot of ladies lives simpler. ;)
    Thanks for the share!

  22. 38
    Joann DeLucia says:

    I too wanted to know if this would work for pork. I found on another site that it indeed does work for pork AND beef! I love making pulled pork but hate the shredding. This is positively genius, thank you!

  23. 39

    The cookie bowl will work. First time fail. IF you put foil on each tin, spray with non stick spray and put cookie dough almost down to bottom. It took some trial and error, but their very fun!

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  25. 41

    What a wonderful tip. I used my Kitchen Aid hand mixer. I did one chicken breast at a time and broke the chicken breast into pieces prior to using the mixer. It was perfect. Thank you so much.

  26. 42

    I think you can use a paper plate as a guard if you just put a slit in it to get it to cover your bowl….. :-)

  27. 43

    Do you think this would work with portions of pork roast, too?

  28. 44

    ive made cookie bowls on muffin tin. About a 1″ ball size dough flattened out and put on flat bottom of upside down tin. Dough flows over sides when bakes. Too much and you do get a mess

  29. 45

    Looove this idea. Going to try it tonight with my kitchen aid mixer I just got :) I HATE shredding chicken. I’m too excited for this

  30. 46
    Jenn aponte says:

    I can’t wait to try shredding the chicken with the kitchen aid. ( I just got one and I’ve used it every day lol) also, I never tried the cookie but I’ve used the cupcake tray to make chicken bowls. They turned out great and I put a home made creamed spinach on the bowl. Yum

  31. 47

    I just tried this and instead of burning my hands and wasting a lot of time I was burn free and done in less then a minute. THANK YOU!!!

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