48 Recipes You Can Make With Shredded Chicken

Shred rotisserie chicken for your easiest supper yet.

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

With so many delicious ways to prepare chicken , it’s hard to choose a favorite. However, shredded chicken is definitely toward the top of the list. We’ve always been partial to this way of preparing cooked chicken because it’s easy as can be, not as time consuming as diligently cutting up the meat, and not as tedious come meal time as serving chicken in one slab or on the bone.

Plus, when a recipe calls for shredded chicken, you can opt for one of our favorite time- and energy-saving shortcuts: a rotisserie chicken . Cook your own meat or pick up one that’s already been slow-cooked to perfection at the grocery store.

From there, just grab two forks, get to shredding ( here's how ), and you’re almost ready for dinner—but not quite. We’ve gathered our best recipes that will put your shredded chicken to good use. From casseroles to soups , sandwiches, and Tex-Mex suppers, shredded chicken is versatile and reliably delicious.

Try one of our delectable dishes to find out for yourself why shredded chicken is one of our favorite methods for a winning chicken dinner.

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Chicken-Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken-Bacon Ranch Casserole

Fred Hardy; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Christine Keeley

This family favorite casserole will always be welcome at the dinner table. Cook and shred your own meat of use one rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

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Our Best Jambalaya

Our Best Jambalaya

Stacy K. Allen, Props: Josh Hoggle, Food Stylist: Melissa Gray

Lovers of Creole and Cajun cuisine across the South will have different opinions on what constitutes a true jambalaya. Our take on this classic recipe uses andouille sausage, shrimp, and shredded chicken.

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Sheet Pan Broccoli-and-Chicken Casserole

Sheet Pan Broccoli-and-Chicken Casserole
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Christine Keely

Sheet pan dinner is a weeknight savior we'll always appreciate. This recipe takes a classic casserole and makes it a touch more convenient for a busy evening.

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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Greg DuPree

Creamy, comforting dinner is just four steps away. You'll be even more comforted to know that this recipe uses a rotisserie chicken for even more convenience.

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Martina McBride's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Courtesy Oxmoor House

This is our most searched soup recipe for a reason. Shredded chicken and lots of spices make for a winning dinner as iconic as the country artist it comes from.

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Chicken And Rolled Dumplings

Chicken and Rolled Dumplings

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Chicken and dumplings are a Southern staple, but there's so many different ways to make it. This version rolls tender, biscuit-style dough and is thickened by a splash of cream and touch of flour.

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Chicken And Drop Dumplings

Chicken and Drop Dumplings

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

A more care-free take on classic chicken and dumplings, this version has a different approach to yummy cornmeal dumplings than the last. The fluffy batter is dropped in spoonfuls into the simmering broth with vegetables and shredded chicken.

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Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies

Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Double the crust means double the deliciousness for our favorite chicken pot pie recipe. Break through the indulgently thick crust for scrumptious shredded chicken stew.

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Chicken and Fontina Panini

Chicken and Fontina Panini
Greg Dupree; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Use a loaf of ciabatta for this crusty sandwich with a satisfying, gooey inside. Pesto sauce, shredded chicken, tomato, and fontina cheese create a delightful handheld meal between bread.

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Herbed Chicken-and-Rice Salad

Herbed Chicken-and-Rice Salad
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Ali Ramee; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

We use not one, but two easy shortcuts for this delicious dinner. Microwave rice and rotisserie chicken are the tricks to tasty, herbaceous supper.

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Green Chile Mac And Cheese With Chicken

Green chile mac and cheese with chicken in white casserole dish

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Lydia Purcell; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Our newest take on mac and cheese adds a few fun ingredients to spice up the classic pasta dish. Poblano chiles and shredded chicken add hardy substance and zesty flavor.

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Crispy Onions and Parmesan Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

Crispy Onions and Parmesan Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

The perfect casserole is one with lots of cheesy, crunchy goodness. This one with mozzarella and crispy onions certainly isn't lacking.

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Instant Pot Chicken And Rice

instant pot chicken and rice
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

It's meals like this one that make use thankful for instant cookers. It's an flavorful as one of Mama's slow-cooked homemade suppers but comes together in a snap.

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Tuesday nights, call for tacos, of course. Our Chipotle Chicken Tacos take advantage of a jar of salsa for delicious Tex-Mex flavor.

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Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Collard Greens
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

A comforting soup is just what your crew needs on a chilly night after a long day. Shredded rotisserie chicken and collards guarantee that this soup is as hardy as it is cozy.

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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Stacy K. Allen, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

This beloved Tex Mex casserole has pulled chicken. tortillas, cheese, and pepper that the whole family will love. If it's not already, this dish will become a quick classic in your household.

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Lemon Chicken Soup

Lemon Chicken Soup

Hector Manuel Sanchez

The healing power of this soup is unmatched. Comforting ingredients include orzo, shredded chicken, and a good amount of white wine.

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Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad

This chicken salad is a Fairfield Grocery signature dish. Water chestnuts, chopped vegetables, and shredded chicken make this recipe a go-to for any event or meal.

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Sriracha Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soups Sriracha Chicken Noodle Soup

If you like your chicken soup with a kick to it, this recipe is for you. A healthy dose of Asian hot sauce takes this comforting soup to new, spicy heights.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Caitlin Bensel

Taco night is a breeze thanks to your handy dandy slow-cooker. After cooking your chicken low and slow, shred it apart for tender homemade tacos.

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Green Chile-Chicken Soup

Green Chile-Chicken Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

This wonderfully warming supper freezes beautifully, so meal-prepping is made easy. This chicken soup has it all. It's smoky, spicy, creamy, bright, and full of fresh ingredients.

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Kid-Friendly Chicken: Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

If you're in need of quick, comforting dinner and just don't have it in you to make a big production out of dinner tonight, then this recipe has you covered. Steaming chicken and dumplings will have you feeling miles better in just 40 mintues.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

If you thought that chicken noodle soup couldn't get any cozier, then we have news for you. This creamy version is all that and a bag of chips.

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Chicken Bog

Chicken Bog

Greg DuPree

A relative of a pilau, chicken bog is an instant classic. Just one bit of flavorful chicken and rice will have you adding this recipe to your dinnertime rotation.

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Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits

Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Rather than the pastry crust you're probably used to seeing on a chicken pot pie, this genius recipe has fun with homemade biscuits. To sweeten the deal even more, the biscuits are made with sharp Cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and chives.

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Chicken Stir-Fry

Chicken Stir-Fry
Greg Dupree

Breaking news: This recipe only takes 10 minutes. You can even use frozen veg rather than fresh to make dinner even speedier.

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Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup

Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup, chicken tortilla soup, tortilla soup recipe

Smoked chicken adds rich, dynamic flavor to zesty soup with New Mexico chile powder and ground cumin. The ingredients combine together effortlessly to create delightful Tex Mex supper.

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Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Rather than the mess of spicy chicken wings, serve up this tasty casserole version for supper this evening. This recipe is big enough for six hungry guests who will surely want seconds, or just some really good leftovers for your smaller crew to look forward to.

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Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches

Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

These perfect picnic sandwiches come together in just 20 minutes if you opt to use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Make sure to toast the bread for the crunciest and tastiest hand-held meal.

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King Ranch Chicken Soup

Chicken Soups King Ranch Chicken Soup
Alison Miksch

We turned a favorite casserole into a restaurant-worthy soup. It will come together in just 35 minutes but taste like a long-term labor of love.

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Crack Chicken Image
Southern Living

This chicken dish is simply addicting. Creamy and delicious, it's perfect for a chilly winter night when served with dinner rolls.

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Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas
Photographer: Will Dickey Prop Stylist: Missie Crawford Food Stylist: Erin Merhar

This flavorful enchilada dish is a weeknight dinner that will impress. Be sure to soften the tortilla shells so they're pliable before wrapping up your buffalo chicken, lest they crack.

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Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

Low and slow is the key to best-ever barbecue chicken that will shred with ease. We love to serve it over Sweet Potato Cornbread , topped with p ickled veggies and slaw .

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Homemade Chicken Salad

Homemade Chicken Salad
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

A good chicken salad recipe is a must to have up your sleeve. Add this one to your recipe box ASAP for many lunches, tea times, and afternoon snacks to come.

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Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken
Caitlin Bensel

You're just five ingredients away from chicken dinner that the whole family will eagerly devour. Jars of salsa are brightened by fresh herbs and lime over hardy chicken and rice.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore With Spaghetti

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

This recipe asks only 20 minutes of active preparation. From there, your trusty slow-cooker takes the wheel for savory supper.

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Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Thanks to two store-bought rotisserie chickens, this dinner recipe needs no further cooking. Chicken salad with jalapeño, lime zest, and honey have just the right amount of sweet-heat inside crunchy lettuce wraps.

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Baked Ziti With Chicken

Baked Ziti with Chicken
Photographer: Will Dickey Prop Stylist: Missie Crawford Food Stylist: Erin Merhar

When shopping for this week's dinners, add a rotisserie chicken to your grocery buggy. Shred it up and this classic family dinner is easy as can be.

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Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

If you're in need of a bowl full of medicinal soup, we've got you covered. Thanks to rotisserie chicken, this healthful soup simmers up in just a half hour.

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Chicken Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce

Chicken Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Greg DuPree

Add some variety to your weeknight dinner rotation with this easy noodle bowl full of Thai-inspired flavors. Colorful veggies, shredded rotisserie chicken, and rice noodles are heavenly with a generous drizzle of Thai peanut sauce.

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Chicken-And-Biscuit Cobbler

Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler
Alison Miksch

Who says that a cobbler is reserved for after supper? This savory cobbler recipe has a biscuit topping and freezes wonderfully.

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Chicken-Andouille Gumbo With Roasted Potatoes

Chicken Soups Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes
Iain Bagwell

At Southern Living, we believe that a good bowl of gumbo is simply irresistible. This version with double the meat and roasted potatoes will prove our theory.

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Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Hector Manuel Sanchez

This bright pasta salad can be made with penne or cheese tortellini for extra oomph. Be sure to cook the pasta al-dente so that it holds up when tossed with the other ingredients.

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Chicken And Cornbread Dumplings

Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Iain Bagwell

What's better that chicken and dumplings? Chicken And Cornbread Dumplings. This chicken stew is served with large herbaceous buttermilk biscuit that you won't be able to get enough of.

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Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili image
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Give your normal beef chili recipe a break and try this fresher chicken alternative. It's packed with rotisserie chicken, hardy veggies, and warm spices.

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White Lightning Chicken Chili

White Lightning Chicken Chili
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Becky Hargett

This chili recipe gets its name because it comes together lightning fast. In just 30 minutes, you'll be digging into a satisfying one-dish meal with green chiles and navy beans.

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Chicken Caprese Pasta

Chicken Caprese Pasta
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

This fresh and bright pasta dish is perfect for a spring evening. Follow our Test Kitchen's tips for starchy, perfectly cooked noodles.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

As far as we're concerned, an instant pot is a dinnertime wizard. Load your ingredients into a pressure cooker, and before you know it, you'll have tasty taco filling for the whole family.

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