Black Pepper Shredded Chicken Recipe

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Recipes.net Team March 9, 2020

Chicken is a very versatile type of meat as it fits seamlessly into any type of meal. However, as easy as it is to add in meals, it is also super easy to get it wrong. If not cooked right, it has a high tendency to turn out dry or overcooked. With this recipe, you will see how simple and effortless it can be to serve up tender, delicious shredded chicken.

This chicken recipe tastes great in our Shredded Chicken Fried Rice recipe here.

How to Make Black Pepper Shredded Chicken

We love this recipe as it is super easy and low-effort to make. At the same time, it doesn’t compromise on its look and taste. In addition, it is extremely versatile and you can choose to eat it with rice or any other side dishes.

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless)
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp Olive oil (healthy amount)

Seasoning Mixture

  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ sp seasoning salt
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  1. Coat the chicken breasts with the seasoning mixture. Be sure to rub it in well and get an even spread over the meat and under the skin.

  2. Heat up your pan with the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, carefully put your chicken fillets skin side down in the pan. Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side, until you get a nice sear on the chicken.

  3. Pour in the low-sodium chicken broth and allow the chicken to simmer for about 8-10 minutes.

  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and let cool to room temperature before using 2 forks to shred the meat.

  5. Plate your chicken and spoon more of the pan drippings over it.

You can just as easily make your own seasoning salt at home. Make a bigger batch and store in an airtight container for the next time a recipe calls for this ingredient.

How to make Italian Seasoning Salt

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs salt 
  • 2 tbs sugar 
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch

As we mentioned earlier, you can easily pair this with a variety of options. From rice to mashed potatoes, your options are pretty much endless. 

How to Make Black Pepper Shredded Chicken

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We love this recipe as it is super easy and low-effort to make. At the same time, it doesn't compromise on its look and taste. In addition, it is extremely versatile and you can choose to eat it with rice or any other side dishes.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, roughly 16 oz in total
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp Olive oil

Seasoning Mixture:

  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning

Sandwich:

  • 2 tbsps pickle relish
  • 2 tbsps mayonnaise
  • 2 oz prepared coleslaw
  • Hawaiian sweet rolls

To serve:

  • Side of potato fries, roughly 3 oz
  • ¼ cup ketchup

Instructions

  1. Coat the chicken breasts with the seasoning mixture. Be sure to rub it in well and get an even spread over the meat and under the skin.
  2. Heat up your pan with the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, carefully put your chicken fillets skin side down in the pan. Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side, until you get a nice sear on the chicken.
  3. Pour in the low-sodium chicken broth and allow the chicken to simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and let cool to room temperature before using 2 forks to shred the meat.
  5. From this point, you can store the shredded chicken & remaining broth separately. You have options for this as sandwich filling. For this recipe, we will assemble these similar to pulled pork sandwiches
  6. For the sandwiches, slice the sweet rolls in half & toast briefly
  7. To assemble the sandwiches, spoon over 1 tsp of the reserved broth onto the bottom half of the bread, while spreading mayonnaise on the top half
  8. Place roughly 1 tbsp black pepper chicken at the bottom half, followed by roughly ¼ tsp pickle relish, & finally top with roughly ¼ tsp prepared coleslaw.
  9. Cover the sandwich & slightly press down to adhere. Repeat for the remaining sweet rolls.
  10. Serve the sandwiches with ketchup & potato fries

Recipe Notes

You can just as easily make your own seasoning salt at home. Make a bigger batch and store in an airtight container for the next time a recipe calls for this ingredient.

How to make Italian Seasoning Salt

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs salt 
  • 2 tbs sugar 
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch

As we mentioned earlier, you can easily pair this with a variety of options. From rice to mashed potatoes, your options are pretty much endless. 

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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 22mg
  • Calories: 295kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 345mg
  • Protein: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 636mg
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 185IU
  • Vitamin C: 6mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

Can you cook this dish in a crockpot/slow-cooker?

Yes, you can. Simply prep all the ingredients, throw all of them in the pot and let the device do the work for you. If you want more tender meat, ensure there is enough liquid in the pot and cook the meat a little longer.

How can you make the meat even more flavorful?

Make sure you cover the chicken thoroughly in the seasoning salt; get under the skin and don’t miss any spots. We also suggest shredding the meat while it’s still in the pan. The broth can then infuse deeper into the shredded chicken and bring out more flavor in the dish.

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Conclusion

For those busy days when you don't want to spend too much time cooking, this recipe will be a lifesaver! It barely requires any time and can be whipped up in under half an hour. It's a quick and easy meal that is just as delicious to eat!

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