This post will help you get meals on the table fast all week long.
I show you how to easily cook and shred chicken and give you a dozen great recipes to use the chicken in as well.
I just love when I’ve planned ahead for the week and have all the dinners in mind I want to make.
Often that doesn’t happen, but let’s pretend it happens every week.
This is my new TIME SAVER.
Cook the chicken you need all at once.
Sounds simple enough, right. But what if you haven’t planned out your weeks’ meals and just want to incorporate chicken into most of your meals, great! That is where my TIME SAVER tip really comes in handy.
I cooked 6 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts in my pressure cooker in 22 minutes. Yes, you heard me right, they were all finished cooking and ready to be added to the many many options of meals I was about to make this week.
This idea is great for the weeks when you will be CRAZY at dinnertime.
IF you don’t have a pressure cooker… Place the chicken on a baking sheet covered with foil and bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. If the chicken is really thick, filet it so it’s thinner and cooks quicker.
I have a 6 quart Presto Pressure Cooker here is a link to the one I have on Amazon.
UPDATE: I now use an electric pressure cooker (this one). I purchased a 6 quart Instant Pot 9 in 1. It’s simple to use and I’m happy it doesn’t need monitoring like the traditional stove top version I previously used.
I place 6 pounds of boneless skinless chicken into my pressure cooker with 4 cups water. The water is just coming over the cooling rack in the pressure cooker, that way the chicken isn’t sitting in the water and I have plenty of chicken stock when I’m done.
It takes 10 minutes for it to come to the proper pressure and I cook it for 12 minutes with the pressure regulator rocking high.
I then place all the chicken into my KitchenAid mixer and turn it on high for about 30 seconds and it is then all shredded. No standing there with two forks shredding it until my hands hurt anymore.
Now want some meal ideas for all this chicken,
Shredded chicken would go in any of these meals nicely….
To make it easy I package 2 cups of shredded chicken into quart sized plastic bags. They can be frozen or kept in the refrigerator until your ready to use it.
Don’t forget you will also have 4 cups of chicken broth, you can use it to add to sauces…
or even a
the options are endless and I will have a few new recipe with shredded chicken to share with you soon!
Another GREAT post on cooking chicken for the week is my post on How and Why I cook chicken for the week all at once.