If you’re needing a simple and versatile entree you’re really going to be a fan of this Slow Cooker Italian Shredded Chicken. I know my family is!
I love using my slow cooker. Isn’t it the best feeling when 4 PM arrives and you don’t have that WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR DINNER AND DO I HAVE THE GROCERIES FOR IT panic? Instead you know it’s already cooking while you’re doing whatever else you want to be doing. That’s when I feel like a boss.
Shockingly this is the first slow cooker recipe I’ve shared here. Obviously that’s a huge miss on my part. I’m working hard to remedy that now so expect an onslaught of slow cooker recipes coming soon.
This one is super simple. Everything just goes right in the slow cooker and it does all the work for you. When I say everything I mean everything. You don’t have to brown your chicken in a pan first.
I’ve used canned coconut milk to keep the chicken juicy (but you won’t taste it). Why canned? The coconut milk you’ll find in the refrigerated section has a completely different texture than canned coconut milk. In the can it’s creamier and more like whipping cream or heavy cream. I buy the full fat unsweetened kind. That just means it won’t say that it’s ‘light’ and it will say ‘unsweetened’. You can usually find it in the Thai or Asian food section of your grocery store.
Toss in all the ingredients and let it cook on high for 4 hours. When it’s done you just shred your chicken. Voila. All done.
The big question is what’s the best part of this dish? How easy it is? (So stinkin’ easy.) Or the limitless list of things you can do with it? Because, y’all, this chicken can be used in so many different ways. If you’re eating low carb or Whole30 use it in a lettuce wrap, on cauliflower rice, over zoodles, in a baked potato, over sauteed greens, over diced potatoes, or just in a bowl as is with a side of veggies! If you’re a carb lover like my husband build a monster sandwich with this delicious chicken!
I told you. So many tasty possibilities.
What are you waiting for? Get your slow cooker out!
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Slow Cooker Italian Shredded ChickenPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 2.5 - 3 lb chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup canned full fat unsweetened coconut milk
- 12 sun-dried tomato halves diced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Place chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker. Add all other ingredients on top.
- Cook on high with lid on for 3 - 4 hours or low for 6 - 8 hours.
- Remove chicken from slow cooker and use a fork to shred it. Place shredded chicken back in the slow cooker. Stir.
- Add additional salt or pepper to taste.
- Serve over traditional rice, cauliflower rice, or veggies. This is also delicious in a baked potato or on a sandwich.