Its hard figuring out what you’re going to have for lunch every day, especially when you have to pack your lunch. I’ve found that planning in advance is the best way for me to guarantee I’ll have something tasty and healthy for lunch each day. It also keeps me from spending a bunch of money on eating out.
Now I tried meal prep and it wasn’t bad, it was just super time consuming and expensive. So I have another solution. I’ve been making this Crock Pot Shredded Chicken for probably about 4 years now, and it couldn’t possibly be any easier.
Crock Pot Shredded Chicken
2 chicken breast
2 cups chicken stock
Any desired spices
Combine all of the ingredients in your Crock Pot and cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 8 hours). Once the chicken is done cooking, just use two forks to shred it apart, and you’ll easily have enough chicken to last you the week. This shredded chicken is so versatile that I’ve come up with five different ways to use it throughout the week to give you healthy and delicious meals every day.
- On a salad
Throwing some shredded chicken on your favorite salad is the perfect way to spice it up and add some protein as well. I tend to just throw together everything I have in the fridge into one big salad and top it with oil and balsamic vinegar. This is really easy to take with you to work as well.
Making tacos or quesadillas with your shredded chicken is another way to make it a little more exciting. I just threw enough chicken for 2 tacos into a heated frying pan, add 1/4 cup of water and a bunch of spices. I used chili powder, cumin, paprika, and seasoned salt. Mix everything so the spices are spread evenly throughout the chicken and cook until everything is heated through and the water is absorbed. You could easily eat them plain, but I like to top mine with salsa, sour cream, lettuce, and a little bit of cheese.
- Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap, Flatbread, or Sandwich
Option number three is another super easy way to spice up your shredded chicken that you can throw together in the morning before leaving for work. Throw a handful of chicken in a bowl with some mayo, chopped celery, and whatever else you’d like. I like adding grapes or carrots to mine, as well as salt and pepper. This easy chicken salad can be made into lettuce wraps, put on top of an open-faced flat bread, made into a sandwich, or even just eaten on its own.
- On Pasta
Although not the healthiest option, pasta is probably the easiest, and a little pasta every once in a while isn’t going to kill you. If I’m packing my lunch, I’ll make my pasta the night before and just toss it with olive oil and spices. I like to use the basics; basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and sometimes maybe some red pepper to add a little spice. Top this off with some shredded chicken and you’ve got yourself a delicious and filling lunch.
- In a wrap
Finally, making a wrap is an easy, healthy, and very portable lunch idea. Grab your favorite wrap and stuff it with cheese, veggies, maybe some hummus, and some shredded chicken and you’ve got a flavor packed and nutritious lunch.
And now you’ve come to the end of the week and you barely had to think about packing lunches all week! This shredded chicken is definitely a time (and money) saver for anyone who doesn’t know what to pack for lunch during the week. You only have to cook one thing and you can make it into so many different and exciting meals.
What’s your favorite thing to pack for lunch?