Make-Ahead Shredded Chicken Breast

Get a head start on chicken recipes by making this pulled chicken and storing in your freezer to use on busy days.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

4
lb bone-in skin-on chicken breasts (6 to 8)
1
teaspoon garlic salt
1
teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.
  • 2 Trim excess fat from chicken breasts. Loosen skin without removing from breasts. In small bowl, mix garlic salt, lemon pepper and basil; rub on chicken breast meat. Replace skin over breasts; brush with oil. Place in foil-lined pan.
  • 3 Bake uncovered 45 to 55 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (at least 165°F).
  • 4 Cool 15 minutes. Remove skin and bones; shred chicken with 2 forks. Cool completely. Divide chicken into resealable freezer plastic bags or freezer containers with about 2 cups in each. (Many recipes call for 2 cups shredded chicken breast.) Seal bags; label. Freeze up to 2 months.

Expert Tips

For Mexican-flavored chicken, omit garlic salt, lemon pepper and basil. In small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1 teaspoon salt. Rub on chicken as directed in recipe.

Can't wait to try it? These chicken breasts make a delicious entree, too, so why not serve some for dinner tonight, and shred and freeze the rest for later?

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
130
(
Calories from Fat
40),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
4 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
65mg
65%;
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
23g
23%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.