shredded chicken in a bowl

How To Make Shredded Meat (Chicken, Beef Or Pork) In A Food Processor

shredded chicken in a bowl

You can use shredded meat in many recipes. For example, I use shredded chicken in the chicken salad shredded BBQ chicken sandwich, and as an addition to pasta dishes and stir fries.  You can also use shredded meat as a filling for quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos, as well as sandwich wraps.  There are certainly many ways to use shredded meat, but what is the quickest way to make shredded meat?  Certainly, the food processor!

Shredded the chicken, beef or pork only takes seconds when you use a food processor.  But if you don’t use the proper blade and technique, you can end up with the crumbles or gooye glop instead of the shreds :)  If you tried shredding meat in the food processor, and it looked nothing like the shredded chicken on the picture above, read on!

Here’s how to make shredded meat correctly in the food processor.  First of all, don’t use the “shredder” blade.  It seems counter-intuitive, since the “shredder” is supposed to be for shredding :) Well, that shredding blade works great for shredding carrots, but not for meat!  For the meat, you need a “slicer” disk blade – the round top blade with a single slit.

slicing blade for the food processor

Fit your food processor with the top “slicer” disk blade, and add the meat on top.  Now, here’s a very important technique you need to follow: don’t push the top with your hand.  Pulse the food processor, and let the gravity do the work.   If you press on the top pusher thingy, the food processor will make slices.  If you don’t push, it will make shreds.  The slicer blade with the combination of “no pushing” technique will produce the perfect meat shreds.

shredded chicken in the food processor

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21 replies
  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I learned a big lesson today. I always wonder what “that” is. It’s a slicer. LOL. How embarrass… I have FP and use it occasionally, but I tend to use my own chopping that I barely take out my FP. I didn’t know we can shred meat this beautifully!!! I got to try this method next time. Good thing I didn’t throw away the slicer… just kidding. =P

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  2. Clint Anderson
    Clint Anderson says:

    This looks so easy ,I will do this first thing in the morning with my beef roast thats in the crock pot right now..Thanks for the great tips!

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  3. Dara
    Dara says:

    Thanks for the info. My mother-in-law just gave me my very first food processor and I was hoping that it would shred chicken since most sites say to use a standing mixer. This was super helpful, thanks!

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  4. John
    John says:

    I love using shreded chicken, but using two forks can be time consuming if you need more that a breast or two, can’t wait to try this….THANK YOU!!!

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  5. Petrosha
    Petrosha says:

    Hi there,
    I went looking to see if anyone knew if one could use a food processor to shred pork for Pulled Pork Sandwiches. I found you and tried it tonight. Wow! It worked like a charm. We just finished dinner and it was a hit. I only used the pulse setting on my breville. Wonderful and well shredded. Thank you.

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  6. Jo B
    Jo B says:

    I have a question! Do you put the chicken down the opening on the the top cover and not push it down? I am making a large batch of chicken salad soon and look forward to trying this! Thank you!

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    • Melanie Mendelson
      Melanie Mendelson says:

      Yes, I use a slicing disk blade (NOT the shredding blade) and put the chicken down the opening on the top cover. I don’t push it down because if you push it down, the pieces of chicken will be too big. When it’s not pushed down, the gravity pushes it down just the right amount for the shredded chicken pieces to be the correct size :)

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  7. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    This technique worked great (and I would have used the shredder if I was trying to figure it out myself!). Thank you1

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  8. MaryJane
    MaryJane says:

    Thank you!!! This was so much faster than using my hands and 2 forks, it always hurt! I just wasn’t sure which blade to use, so thank you!!

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  9. Lexy Lawrence
    Lexy Lawrence says:

    Thank you for teaching us how to use the blade that sat in my cupboard for over 10 years.
    Quick question….is it better to shred cold cooked chicken breast or hot/warm cooked chicken breast.
    Also, can’t wait to try doing your shrimp ideas.

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  10. Maria
    Maria says:

    Thank you for the tip…My hands shake so this is way safer for me than using a knife or taking time to use a fork!!!

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  11. Susan Claire
    Susan Claire says:

    You just saved me a lot of time and wear and tear on my hands-I make my dogs food, and I usually cut up cooked chicken breasts to mix with other ingredients. What a chore! I tried your shredding method with my food processor, done in ten minutes! Thank you!

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