Having healthfully prepared protein on hand for on-the-go meals is a MUST in my household. Every morning I quickly assemble a few mini meals for myself before heading to the office, to set myself up for smart eating throughout the day. I put 4 ounces of protein (like this amazing pulled chicken!), a handful of cooked veggies and a handful of fresh arugula in a little Tupperware and drizzle on a bit of homemade balsamic dressing.
Eating small meals every few hours consisting of protein and veggies is the most reliable way that I know how to drop body fat and maintain a steady flow of energy throughout the day. It’s pretty darn tasty too, when you make the meals yourself!
Here’s just about the easiest recipe you’ll ever encounter for versatile and tasty, seasoned pulled chicken. It’s similar to my Perfectly Moist Chicken Breast recipe, however in this new one I’ve cranked up the flavor and shortened the cook time!
I used this chicken in my new taste-bud-tickling recipe for Thai Chicken Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce! I think that the texture of pulled chicken is much more pleasing in a wrap than plain old grilled or baked chicken breast. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Rinse the chicken breast and pat dry. Season with the salt and pepper on all sides.
In a slow cooker, whisk the chicken broth, tomato paste, paprika and garlic. Add the seasoned chicken breast and the bay leaves. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, flipping the chicken after 1 hour.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let cool for 20 minutes. Strain the broth. Use two forks to gently shred the chicken, discarding skin, fat, cartilage and bones. Store the chicken and broth separately in the fridge to use for up to 4 days. Enjoy!