Three Ways to Make Easy Cooked Chicken for Recipes

shredded chicken meat on plate with forksWhat do you do when you find a recipe that calls for “cooked chicken”?  I mean, it’s not like most of us keep some of that sitting around, right?  And you may not think there’s time to prep that and get dinner on the table quickly.  But here are three simple ways to make “cooked chicken” and still enjoy your dish for lunch or dinner.


1. Cooked Chicken – Prep Ahead in Crockpot
If you are planning your meals for the week ahead of time, this is the best time to notice the need for “cooked chicken” and cook it ahead in the crockpot.

• 6 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
• 2 cups chicken broth
• pepper, to taste
• any other desired seasoning, optional (minced garlic or onion, fresh herbs, etc.)

Place all ingredients in the crockpot and allow to cook on low heat for 6-8 hours (adding more water/broth, if needed).  When finished cooking, remove chicken and shred or dice (as desired); store in airtight containers in the fridge until ready to use (for up to 5 days), or freeze for up to 2 months.

2. Cooked Chicken – In About 20 Minutes
Okay, maybe you didn’t prep ahead for the week, and find yourself needing cooked chicken for dinner tonight.  If you need time to prep other ingredients anyway, cook up the chicken in the skillet on the stovetop with this easy method while you’re prepping the vegetables or other ingredients:chicken cooking in skillet, cooked chicken, chicken recipes, recipe organizer, online recipe storage

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
• salt and pepper, to taste
• 1 cup chicken broth

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, then place into skillet and let cook about 5 minutes or until golden brown.  Turn over the chicken pieces, add the chicken broth, and cover skillet with lid, allowing chicken to simmer over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through (if needed, add extra water or broth while cooking to keep chicken from drying out).  Remove chicken from skillet & shred or dice after allowing to cool for a few minutes.

3. Chicken in the Microwave – In About 10 Minutes
While this may be the least desirable of the methods, it is definitely the fastest, and will always work in a pinch (and is still better than using canned chicken!).

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
• salt and pepper or other seasoning, to taste

Rub chicken breasts with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides; place on plate in microwave and cook on high heat for 6-10 minutes (depending on size of chicken pieces) until cooked through.  Let cool for a couple of minutes before shredding or dicing.

With these three simple methods for preparing “cooked chicken”, you will never need to pass up that delicious sounding dish just because there’s no pre-cooked chicken on hand.

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January 22nd, 2015

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