The Chicken Video: How to Make Shredded Chicken (without a crockpot!) {paleo}

Guys. I made a cooking video.

So in this video I make chicken. It’s almost 13 minutes long. It’s awkward. My head is cut-off half the time because I don’t know how to film myself/was using my computer. I’m terrible at editing (so many jump cuts). And, yeah. Okay those are all of my excuses.

Anyways, after a bit of a chicken hiatus I have been back eating it a lot lately obvs. It’s easy, delicious and versatile. So I made a video of me making chicken my new favorite way. Exciting I know.

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Not sure what to name it or how to make it look appetizing. So I’m calling it pulled, shredded, easy and delicious. You’ll just have to trust me on this one. No you don’t need a crock-pot (but if you have one, check out Morganne’s recipe here).

It’s ridiculously easy to prepare and a great, make-ahead versatile protein option. Throw it on a salad, mash it with some avocado, make it into jerky (check out Gina’s recipe here), put it in an omelette… you get the idea.

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So without further adieu, here’s how I do it. I have no idea if this will be helpful or if anyone will actually sit through this video. Whatevs. I am no master chef. Also please note that I say “I couldn’t find grass fed chicken” – well that’s because chickens don’t eat grass soooo it doesn’t exist. I am looking for “better” chicken but doing what I can at the moment. I also say some really corny lines and laugh at myself.

Oh! If you don’t want to watch the video (that’s cool) I wrote out the recipe below. You’re welcome :)




Shredded Chicken


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – organic, pastured
  • scant tbsp. of coconut oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup of water


1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.

2. Meanwhile, season chicken with salt and pepper to your liking.

3. Once the pan is hot, add coconut oil until melted.

4. Add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook until the underside begins to brown – about 5 minutes.

5. Once brown, turn to the other side, lower heat to medium and add about 3/4 of a cup of water to the pan.

6. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes – checking every 5 minutes or so to make sure there is still water in the pan (if the water begins to evaporate, add more).

7. Once the chicken is cooked all the way through (white and not fleshy) remove from heat.

8. Allow the chicken to cool for a few minutes before using a fork to scrape/pull/shred the chicken into smaller strands/pieces.

9. Store in the fridge in an air tight container for 5 days.

10. Serving ideas: top on salads, mash with avocado, use in omelettes, eat as a snack, eat pre/post workout with nuts.


PS. Thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes for Daddy. I visited him last night and he is doing well and staying strong!

Questions of the day…

What other videos (if any) do you want to see or do you just think I’m crazy?

How do you like to eat chicken? 


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49 thoughts on “The Chicken Video: How to Make Shredded Chicken (without a crockpot!) {paleo}

  1. I love it! Thanks for the video! I never thought of shredding the chicken like this – such a great idea.
    Question, where do you edit the video? I tried in iMovie and I failed miserably.
    Glad to hear your Dad is doing well!!

  2. Amy, usefull recipe!. If u try to steam the chicken with chicken broth and a few pepper or curry o bay leaves its super!.
    I use to cook my chicken like this way,
    I think, i would b able to eat chicken every time. I love it

  3. Glad to hear your dad is doing better :D

    It might be my computer but the sound was a bit hard to hear :/ But I did love your comment ‘vegetarians I hope your not watching this’ hehe. Love the recipe idea though it sounds like an easy way to cook chicken :)

    I definitely like how-to videos. I’m not such a fan of vlog ones as much though I prefer to read those as blog posts.

  4. Hahaha Amy you kill me but I am SO with you. I love chicken, I do, but raw chicken seriously freaks me out. I’m paranoid about touching anything and everything right after I’ve touched the raw chicken so I wash my hands like a crazy person lol. Love this simple chicken recipe!

  5. Yes to videos – they are harder to watch depending on where I am reading but I love seeing and hearing you! <3 Also you know I love you forever but I'm probs not watching this one, because, you know, it's chicken. :) But I'm going to see if John wants to! He doesn't mind eating veggie but sometimes he wishes he could heft up our meals a bit, and I feel like having this kind of chicken to toss in would be perfect for him.

    Glad Papa Honeybee is doing well!

  6. Haha this is great! I hate making videos because for every 5 minutes of good footage, you spend like an hour editing. I recently got addicted to YouTube videos, and the thing that stands out in my mind for really good videos is 1) editing and 2) time. Videos that are too long start to drag, so cutting stuff out seems to help. That’s my two cents if you plan on becoming a vlogger haha! I love that you’re trying new things, plus you’re so cute that everyone enjoys when you do videos anyway!

  7. Seriously – you are a rockstar. We are soul mates. That is all.
    No, I’m kidding, that is not all.
    I have yet to dive into the video thing for those same reasons, but isn’t it part of the whole “must be uncomfortable to get comfortable” things? Yes. I believe so. Ha. I LOVE chicken shredded. For some reason the thought of chicken any other way is starting to creep me out? I’m not sure what that’s about. But, I’ll have to give your chicken a try! Cooking it in coconut oil sounds fantastic to me!
    Sending hugs & prayers for a speedy recovery to Papa Honeybee! So happy to hear he is doing well!

    1. Yes you do! It would be so helpful for your multi step recipes because they kind of intimidate me but seeing them done would be awesome.

  8. You are so cute! i love it when bloggers do videos – I love hearing what everyone sounds like/getting a better idea of their mannerisms!
    My usual chicken-cooking method is to season it, sear it on both sides over high heat in a cast-iron pan, and then throw it in the oven until cooked through.

  9. Pulling chicken is one of my fave ways to eat it, but I often don’t do it! I kind of forget how much I like pulled chicken until I make chicken soup. Definitely going to be implementing this more in my life. PS love your nails in the vid

  10. This absolutely made my day … “I’m gonna be really awkward” and “now I’m gonna wash my hands because they’re full of chicken gut” (or gunk?) and “I just totally made that up I don’t actually go along the grain line” made me laugh!! OK, pressure’s on … I need to make a video! Now … let me rock your world, since you clearly burned your hands. Use two forks, one in each hand, and kind of use one to hold the chicken then the other to shred, then when you get to the end you can just kind of cross the forks across each other. That didn’t make sense at all, but try it! YOU ARE ADORABLE!!! <3

    1. Wait my world is actually rocked. I knew you were smart but this is genius! I’m not even being sarcastic haha thank you for telling me this it totally made sense! Now I feel kinda silly for not thinking of it already lol

  11. Great video! I’ve made shredded chicken in a crock pot, so easy and great for planning meals ahead. I may try this way as well, a little faster than 6-7 hours in a crock pot.

  12. I’m so behind!! I just watched your video and I died.So funny, so great!!
    Shredded chicken is extremely versatile, I’m glad you jumped in and got your hands dirty with chicken gunk!
    Woohoooo Go Amy!!

  13. Hi, thanks for a quick way to shred chicken at the last minute! I’m curious, what do you have on top of the sweet potatoes in the top pic? It looks delicious!

  14. So this was awesome because i couldn’t find a recipe for pulled chicken that didn’t involve a crockpot or slow cooker – like apparently we all just have one lying around – no, no we don’t. so thanks so much, love your little quirkiness. id watch out about cutting the chicken in the pan tho cause you don’t want to scratch the teflon non-stick surface, it can be pretty bad for you if consumed. not trying to leave a mom-like comment or anything lol happy cooking

  15. Hi, thanks for a quick way to shred chicken at the last minute! I’m curious, what do you have on top of the sweet potatoes in the top pic? It looks delicious!

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