How to Shred Chicken With an Electric Mixer

Using an electric mixer to shred chicken is a game changer for home cooks. . (Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock)
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Chicken shredded using a hand held mixer. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

After the long day at my son's track meet on a cold, damp Saturday, I needed to make a dinner that was warm, hearty and fast. I decided to make my go-to Chicken Pot Pie Filling on Fluffy Biscuits, a quick version of chicken pot pie where the filling is ladled over biscuits. I didn't have any cooked chicken, so I stopped on the way home and bought a rotisserie chicken.

As I was pulling the meat off the bones, I remembered a video that has popped up on my Facebook feed that demonstrates how to shred chicken in a bowl using a hand-held electric mixer instead of two forks.

I stripped every piece of warm meat off the bones and put them in a mixing bowl (save the few pieces I threw to my dog who was looking up at me like he hadn't been fed in weeks). Here's all the meat from the chicken.

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Meat from the rotisserie chicken before shredding with hand mixer. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

Then I pulled out my electric hand mixer. Using medium-high speed, I shred the chicken with one hand while trying to video the process with my phone with the other.

I had to stop filming before I was done so I could use one hand to steady the bowl to finish the job. The entire process took about a minute. When I was done, I had about five cups of shredded chicken.

Total success! Why haven't I been shredding chicken this way for the past 30 years? I could use this method when making chicken for tacos or burritos or when I want to make chicken salad.

I used about half the chicken for my dinner, and I still have about two and half cups left to use in another recipe — maybe Rotisserie Chicken Parmesan Risotto?

I'm going to try this method soon with pork when I start making when of my regular summer meals, Slow Cooker Southern Pulled Pork with Cole Slaw. I don't know for sure it will work with the pork, but I'm definitely going to give it a try.