Sometimes life is to busy to do a large scale project. Welcome to Wednesday Quickies. These are simple projects with items you probably already have, and are meant to help you save time, money and/or your patience.
Shredded Chicken in Seconds
Need some shredded chicken for tacos, or how about pulled chicken sandwiches for dinner. If you have two chicken breasts that are baked already, you are ready to go. If they are raw still, pop them in the oven with whatever spices your family enjoys, then cool them for about half an hour after cooked through. (It is faster if you have leftovers, or else bake the chicken the night before to save you some dinner prep time.)
Take your handi-dandi stand mixer, use the flat beater to do all your work. Once the flat beater is firmly in place, put two cold chicken breasts into the bowl. Turn on the mixer and be amazed. It will take about 30 seconds on speed 6 to shred all the chicken. I did add a little salsa to my bowl for moisture and flavor, but it did also hit me in the face while mixing it, so be careful!
Once your chicken is shredded, you can then heat it up.
Just think of the possibilities: chicken tacos, chicken lasagna, BBQ chicken sandwiches, stir fry, fried rice, chicken salad and even tons of soups. There are no limits to this simple trick. I am also going to try it with a beef roast or pork roast. The concept should be the same. I will let you know how it goes.
Warning: I have only done one or two chicken breast at a time to avoid over heating the mixer. Also make sure there are NO BONES in your chicken. You know what those beaters do to spoons.
Here is the video to show you how easy it is:
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