Meal prepping can be a great tool to save time and help keep you on track with the proper nutrients as you go through the week. Probably my most favorite thing to prepare in large quantities is chicken...I use it in anything from salads to tacos and with this simple method I developed, it can be a standalone flavor or even enhanced with other sauces or seasonings to create a unique dish.
The thing I love most about the cooking process is that once you put all of your ingredients into the slow cooker, you can walk away and take care of other things while it cooks. It's also comes out very moist and tender, easy to shred and anything done in one pot is a bonus!
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 package (about 24 oz chicken breast tenders)
3 tsp chicken bullion (I used the "Better than Bullion" Chicken Base from Costco)
1/2 cup hot water
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
2-3 sprays olive oil (to coat crockpot)
First, spray your slow cooker/crockpot lightly with olive oil. Next add your chicken tenders and spray once over the top of them with the olive oil. Dissolve the chicken base into the hot water, then pour over all of the chicken. Sprinkle the remaining seasonings (onion, pepper) over the top and cover.
Set crockpot on high, checking after 1 hour. The tenders will be thawed and starting to cook, departed any frozen together pieces as needed. The chicken should be completely cooked after 2 hours, at which time you can remove them from the broth for shredding!
Shred each tender into desired thickness (I like mine a little chunkier) then place back into base broth with slow cooker set to "warm" or its lowest temperature. I find that this keeps the meat moist and tender after it has been shredded.
After about 20 minutes, the chicken is ready to eat and store for future use. Drain by using a slotted spoon or other straining tool, but retain about 1/4 cup of the broth for flavor 😋
This will make approximately 4 six ounce servings at 163 calories, 0.4g fat, 2g carbs and 33.8gprotein.
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Kelly is a loving wife, mother, veteran, life-long athlete, personal trainer, and self taught cook with a passion for helping others. She hopes you will be inspired to live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying delicious meals cultivated in her home, and shared at your own tables.