Meal Prep Chicken

Simple Shredded Chicken for Meal Prep

Most weeks I make a batch of this easy recipe for simple shredded chicken for meal prep.

If I am planning any sort of salads, wraps, sandwiches, nachos, burritos for that week, it saves time making it on a Sunday afternoon.

I just keep this meal prep chicken it in the fridge for use all week long, and it’s actually good for a quick snack on the go.

I can also pack up a bunch of salads in containers for our lunches that week.

It’s so simple I almost feel weird including it as an actual blog post.

But, it’s one of my best tricks for saving time and meal prepping that I have to share.

As simple as it is, you’ll be surprised how delicious it is.

My husband always offers to help me shred it, but really he just wants to snack on a few pieces as he “helps”.

How to Make Simple Shredded Chicken for Meal Prep

2 pounds chicken breasts, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, red pepper flakes sprinkled on both sides.

meal prep Chicken Before Baking

Bake 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven and it looks like this.

If they thick are might need an additional 10 minutes or so.

Chicken After Baking

Let it cool (seriously, do NOT skip this part), shred it up, DONE!

I shred with my hands but you could also use a fork.

If you prefer diced, you could do that too.

Shredded Chicken

Here it is in a meal prep salad idea.

Lettuce, simple shredded chicken, orange segments, peanuts, cilantro, green onions, packaged with a store bought fat free ginger dressing and wonton strips on the side.


Meal Prep Salad

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Simple Shredded Chicken for Meal Prep

This chicken is perfect to keep in the fridge and use in many dishes

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked, best, Chicken, Easy, Healthy, Meal Prep, Recipe, Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 180 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Lay chicken in a baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season both sides with kosher salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes to taste.

  2. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (longer if your chicken is thick)

  3. When cool, shred with your hands or a fork, or chop with a knife if you prefer diced chicken.

  4. Refrigerate until ready to use in a meal.

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