Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

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This is the easiest way to make juicy, flavorful Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken with broth, a few key spices, and nothing else! Great for a meal, soup, salad topper, tacos, burrito filling and so much more. 

white bowl of shredded chicken

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: Having a tasty, simple pulled chicken in our recipe repertoire is a must, and this nicely seasoned recipe calls for just five ingredients, is mostly hands-off and SO delicious. 

Pulled chicken is a staple food in my house. There are so many dishes where it can be the star. This slow cooker recipe is not BBQ, but rather it’s flavored with lemon pepper seasoning. This means it is tasty, flavorful and you can add it to your favorite salad, soup, sandwich, or even pasta.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

Thanks to your slow cooker, this recipe is largely hands-off. All you need to do is add the broth, stir together your seasoning and sprinkle on the chicken breasts.

adding ingredients to slow cooker for lemon pepper chicken

Add the lid, and let the chicken cook for six hours on low or four hours on high. 

When you return, you can shred the tender, juicy chicken and enjoy. 

close up on seasoned chicken breasts

How to Shred Chicken

I like to shred the chicken in a separate bowl to avoid damaging the nonstick coating on my slow cooker.

I’ll transfer it to a big mixing bowl and use an electric hand mixer or my stand mixer to shred the chicken. You can also use two large forks. 

shredded chicken in a slow cooker


How to serve shredded chicken?

You can serve this lemon pepper pulled chicken in so many ways! Here are some of my family’s favorites:

  • Mixed into pasta
  • As a taco or burrito filling
  • Chilled on top of a green salad
  • Loaded onto nachos
  • Tossed into a stir fry
  • Stirred into a hot soup 

The options are truly endless!

I don’t like Lemon pepper seasoning, can I use anything else?

Yes, you can easily switch up the flavors of your chicken. Try a mixture of paprika, Italian seasoning, and pepper. If you are looking for additional spice, you can add some red pepper flakes.

Can I use a pressure cooker?

Certainly. If you prefer to use an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, this is our go-to recipe from Pressure Cooking Today. You can use BBQ sauce, or use the lemon pepper seasoning in this recipe. 

cooked chicken breast in a bowl

Storage Suggestions

You can freeze or refrigerate leftover shredded chicken. In the fridge, it will last for up to four days in an airtight container. In the freezer, up to six months. Defrost the chicken in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!

tongs hold shredded chicken

Recipes to Use Pulled Chicken

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Yield: 4-6 Servings

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes

Slow cooker shredded chicken with lemon pepper seasoning is a great meal prep solution that's healthy, flavorful and hands-off.


  • 2 ½ pounds of chicken breasts, skinless, boneless. (Approximately 3 large breasts or 4 regular size)
  • ½ cup chicken broth (I chose low sodium, but you can choose regular)
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds (this seasoning is my favorite as it brings freshness and subtle celery taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt (you can substitute with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning


  1. Unpack your chicken breasts. Pat dry with a paper towel and place them into the slow cooker.
  2. Pour the chicken broth.
  3. Sprinkle the seasoning, celery seeds, garlic salt, and lemon pepper.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  5. Once cooked, it is time to shred. This step can be done in different ways. I like to carefully take the chicken breast out of the slow cooker into a deep bowl and shred using 2 forks. You can also shred in the slow cooker but be careful as there is hot liquid. Also, another technique is to take the chicken breasts out and place in a bowl and for shredding you can use a hand mixer.
  6. Once the chicken has been shredded, place back into the slow cooker and mix well with the remaining liquid. Set aside until ready to serve.



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