There should be a drum roll to introduce this recipe! It gets my vote for Most Versatile Player (MVP) recipe for quick, easy, delicious and healthy meals, even on my busiest days!
This shredded chicken recipe SO versatile in several ways.
- Infinite number of flavor options
- Wide variety of delicious ways to use it
- Different methods you can use to prepare it
- Cook once, eat now, and use in recipes over the next few days and weeks
- Method is applicable to any protein, including chicken, turkey, pork, beef or game
The combination of oil, vinegar and spice adds flavor, obviously. In addition, the oil helps keep the meat moist and the vinegar helps tenderize – and then, of course, the health benefits of good quality olive oil, vinegar and spices are a huge bonus! See the notes below for alternatives to the basic recipe.
Shredded Chicken – Instant Pot Method
1 C. low sodium chicken broth (or more if you want extra broth at the end for soup)
1 T. Viola’s Blackening/Southwest seasoning
1 T. vomFASS Smoky BBQ Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 T. vomFASS Apple Balsamic Vinegar
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, medium size
Place broth, oil, vinegar and seasonings into Instant Pot and blend. Add chicken and turn to coat with liquid. Place lid on cooker and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes to come to pressure and start counting down. Once the cook time is over, turn the Instant Pot off and let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, using quick release to finish. Open the lid and drain most of the liquid (save for soup!), but leaving enough liquid to keep the chicken moist. Shred the chicken breasts with the remaining liquid in the pot, or transfer to a bowl for
shredding. See notes below for variety of uses.
Infinite number of flavor options
With vomFASS oils, vinegars and spices at your service, it is SO easy to change the flavor this recipe to use in different cuisines and with different proteins. Here are just a few pairing ideas to launch your creativity. Drop a note in the comments with your favorite vomFASS flavor combo suggestions!
- Ginger Sesame Oil, Plum Balsamic and Asia Tandoori spice blend
- Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aceto Balsamico Gold, Viola’s Feta Seasoning
- Jalapeno Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Honey Balsamic, Garlic Pepper Whole Blend
Wide variety of delicious ways to use it
Having shredded chicken or other protein prepared is a fantastic short cut to really great meals all week long. It is great in soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches, pizza, lettuce wraps, stir fries, egg bakes, tacos, nachos, enchiladas – if you can imagine it, you can use it!
Different methods you can use to prepare it
If you don’t have one, or don’t want to use your Instant Pot or other pressure cooker, there are certainly other cooking methods that will provide similar results. You just need to do a little research on Google in cookbooks to determine the appropriate cooking time. Use a slow cooker, a dutch oven on the stove top, or a covered pan in the oven. We would love to hear how you prepare this, so please share the method you used how it worked in the comments!
Eat now, and/or use in recipes over the next few days and weeks
In addition to using it for a meal today, package into amounts that you will use for one meal. Keep some liquid with each package. Refrigerate up to three days. Freeze up to one month. I usually package in a plastic zipper back or a glass container with tight sealing lid and use a sharper (on tape for the glass container) to note the type of protein, flavor and date on the package. I recommend removing the protein from plastic before defrosting, if you are using a microwave oven.
Method is applicable to any protein, including chicken, turkey, pork, beef or game
Adjust cook time for type of protein, size of pieces or roast, and amount you are cooking. I recommend over-cooking for this recipe, versus under-cooking, for easier shredding. As mentioned above, use Google or your favorite cookbook for help on estimating cook time.
Now all that’s left is to make it and enjoy! Please share your favorites with us as a comment below!
Cheers to easy, delicious and healthy cooking and eating!
My passion is teaching people how to cook easy, delicious and healthy meals at home with quality olive oils, vinegar and spices, and coaching people along their health journey. Looking for support with starting your own health journey? Check out my Optavia website for more information.