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Easy Greek-Style Shredded Chicken

Easy Shredded Chicken

Next time you have one of those frantic days that just won’t quit, give this recipe a whirl.  It’s a busy mom’s dream come true.  Just grab some chicken out of the freezer, crank up the ole Crock Pot, and forget about it.  Or at least for a few hours, anyway.  What I love best about this recipe, though, is that the chicken ends up both moist and packed with flavor–two attributes commonly lacking in Crock Pot fare.

My version down below has got some Greek flavors going on, though you could easily switch things up.  I’ve done this with citrus-y flavors, balsamic vinegar instead of wine, and all sorts of different herbs and spices–all good.  And I use this chicken in all sorts of ways: tacos, wraps, salads, pasta, panini sandwiches, you  name it.  I’ll often cook up a batch at the beginning of the week just to have it on hand for a quick lunch or dinner.  I’m all for easy these days, how about you?

Easy Greek-Style Shredded Chicken
Serves 8

4 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 pounds)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white wine
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

This recipe is as easy as it gets.  Arrange your frozen chicken in the Crock Pot and turn it on to the ‘high’ setting.  Whisk together the remaining ingredients and then pour over the chicken.  Cover and cook for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.  I typically will flip and rearrange the chicken breasts once or twice while they’re cooking, but don’t sweat it if you’re not around to do so.  Once done, pull out the chicken and use two forks to shred ’em up.  Dump the shredded chicken back into the Crock Pot and toss well.  Turn the Crock Pot to the ‘warm’ setting and hold until you’re ready to serve.

Shredded Chicken 2

Nutrition information per serving (6 ounces of drained, shredded chicken): 220 calories, 8 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 39 g protein**

**This nutrition information was calculated by assuming there would be a small amount of calories added by a residual of the cooking liquid (i.e. the olive oil and white wine).  If you were to serve the chicken with the cooking liquid, the nutrition information per serving would be 265 calories, 11 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 39 g protein.

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