19 Shredded Chicken Recipes to Make Every Dinner Easier (and More Delicious)

These 19 shredded chicken recipes take advantage of simple cooking techniques to make soft, pulled chicken for every type of dish, adding both protein and flavor.

curry chicken salad
Vicky Wasik

There's a lot to love about shredded chicken: it's simple to cook (and difficult to overcook), it's an easy way to get dinner on the table, and it's an economical way to make your protein go the extra mile. In these 20 shredded chicken recipes, chicken thighs and breasts serve as the foundation for soups, casseroles, tacos, nachos, and several very flavor-packed salads. Keep reading for our diverse collection of easy-to-cook, easy-on-the-wallet meals that every cook should know.

Gỏi Gà Bắp Cải (Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad)

Overhead view of chicken and cabbage salad, alongside dishes of dressing, chopped peanuts, and crispy shallots.
Serious Eats / Vy Tran

This classic Vietnamese salad of tender chicken, crunchy cabbage, sweet carrot, pickled onion, fresh herbs, and crispy toppings is best served with a gingery sauce.

Pancit Bihon (Filipino Rice Noodles)

A large wooden bowl lined with a banana leaf filled with pancit bihon and lemon wedges.
Serious Eats / Rezel Kealoha

Pancit—a noodle dish with vegetables, seafood, and/or meat—is everyday fare in the Philippines, but it's also commonly served at birthdays, holidays, and celebrations since noodles symbolize long life. 

Dak Juk (Korean Chicken and Rice Porridge)

Overhead view of dak juk on a wooden background.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Warm, comforting, and deeply satisfying, this Korean rice porridge is perfect for when you're sick—and when you're not.

Nicaraguan Arroz con Pollo

A blue plate holding a serving of Nicaraguan arroz con pollo, with a slice of buttered white bread. There is a spoon on the plate, and on the righthand side of the image is a stainless steel pan holding more arroz con pollo, and a small bowl holding grated cheese.
Serious Eats / Qi Ai

This deeply savory version of chicken and rice gets studded with smoked sausage, ham, olives, capers, carrots, and peas.

Curry Chicken Salad

An overhead view of curry chicken salad on a plate on a striped placemat, next to large crackers.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

If you’re a fan of chicken salad and curry powder spice mixes, this recipe is for you. It’s fragrant, flavorful, and perfectly spiced, and it has just the right amount of mayo to bind all the ingredients together while letting the textures of crisp scallions and chewy raisins shine.

Pesto Chicken Salad With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

A bowl of pesto chicken salad with crackers on the side.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

This chicken salad gets its vibrant flavor from bright basil pesto. Speckled with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, every bite is pleasantly tangy, and it makes for a great easy lunch or mid-afternoon snack.

Hashweh (Palestinian Spiced Rice and Meat)

Hashweh with chicken served with a bowl of yogurt and farmers salad.
Serious Eats / Mai Kakish

Spices bloomed in ghee add complexity to this celebratory Palestinian dish, a stuffing that can be used to stuff a whole animal, or enjoyed on it's own.

Maftool (Palestinian Wheat Pearls in a Vegetable, Chickpea, and Chicken Stew)

Overhead view of a finished bowl of maftool.
Serious Eats / Mai Kakish

This recipe involves caviar-sized pearls made of whole wheat served in a brothy stew with onions, chickpeas, butternut squash, and tender chicken.

Summer Nachos With Tomatoes, Corn, Chicken, and Cheese

A pan filled with summer nachos, with chips, fresh jalapenos, and pickled radishes.
Serious Eats / Emily and Matt CliftonEmily and Matt Clifton

Nachos don't need to be overloaded with heavy ingredients. Here, we make use of the bounty and flavors of summer to create a dish that celebrates all the things we love about warm weather eating. The result is a pile of nachos loaded with sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, pickled radishes, tender chicken, and cheese in two forms.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A Buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich, spit in half on a blue plate.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Here, blue cheese, shredded chicken, and Frank's RedHot are straddled by two melted layers of Monterey Jack—all the spicy, meaty, funky, cheesy flavors of a bar food classic, translated into the ultimate comfort food.

Easy One-Pot Chicken Tinga (Mexican Shredded Chicken Stew)

A blue plate of chicken tinga on tortillas with whole radishes and a cut lime, next to fresh cilantro, more cut limes, and a bowl of shredded chicken.
Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

Smoky and spicy, this is the ultimate one-pot taco filling. Bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts are shredded and combined with tomatillos, plum tomatoes, and chiles in adobo.

Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Waffles

Buffalo chicken puff pastry waffles coated in blue cheese dressing and hot sauce.
Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

This recipe involves shredded chicken, Frank's RedHot, and blue cheese, all rolled up into puff pastry and cooked on a waffle iron. If you like Buffalo wings, you are guaranteed to like this variation on our puff-pastry waffles.

Thai-Style Spicy Chicken, Banana Blossom, and Herb Salad

Thai-style chicken salad with banana blossom and herb salad in an oblong wooden bowl.
Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

This salad hits every note with tender chicken, crunchy banana blossom, rich fried aromatics, and a dressing that's bright with chile and lime.

The Best White Chili With Chicken

A bowl of white chicken chili, with someone spooning up a bite. Next to lime wedges and fresh cilantro.
Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

Here, tender chicken and white beans are bound in a creamy, fresh green chile sauce and topped with shredded cheese.

Bang Bang Ji Si (Hot and Numbing Sichuan Chicken Salad)

A pretty pile of bang bang ji si chicken salad on a plate, topped with black sesame seeds and scallions, and covered in sauce with chopsticks.
Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

Sous vide is the modern way to make this Sichuan classic, without the banging.

Easy Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

A patterned bowl of creamy chicken enchilada soup topped with shredded cheese, cilantro, and avocado.
Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

This chicken enchilada soup features a rich and creamy broth, plenty of melted cheese, and the spicy, toasty flavor of chiles. Little nubs of sweet corn and black beans fill each spoonful, along with tender bits of shredded chicken.

Smoky Pulled Barbecue Chicken

A barbecue pulled chicken sandwich topped with slaw.
Serious Eats / Joshua Bousel

Smoky, juicy, tender, and flavored with a carefully calibrated homemade sauce, this pulled barbecue chicken is way better than just about any version we've ever had before.

Ultimate King Ranch Chicken Casserole

A close up of a spatula and a dish of King Ranch casserole, with a serving missing.
Serious Eats / Yvonne Ruperti

This Tex-Mex dish is called King Ranch chicken casserole, which consists of a layered enchilada/lasagna-like blast of seasoned chicken, corn tortillas, shredded cheese, cream of chicken soup, and cream of mushroom soup. 

Shredded Chicken Salad With Gochujang Dressing

Shredded chicken salad with gochujang dressing in a brown bowl on a wooden surface with a white napkin and fork.
Serious Eats / Shao Z.

This chicken salad is anything but bland and boring. The chicken is slowly poached in an aromatic mixture of water, sake, and ginger until it's tender and easy to pull apart. To make the salad, the shredded chicken is tossed with watercress, lettuce, cucumber, and onion, then drizzled with a sweet, spicy, and tart gochujang dressing.

13 Sweet and Savory Eid Recipes to Celebrate With Family and Friends

From an array of meat and rice dishes to sweet, syrupy desserts, these Eid recipes are just the thing to celebrate with.

Stack of baklava
Serious Eats / Mai Kakish

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and it's a time of festivity and celebration for Muslims around the globe. While my own celebrations have always looked small, normally just with immediate family and occasionally some family friends, it's common for these gatherings to involve a large group of people. My own family in the Middle East spends the day of Eid going from house to house, visiting relatives and neighbors and indulging in a elaborate spread of traditional foods. While Eid looks different around the world, each culture celebrating with their own customs, food is always the centerpiece. So whether you're preparing a main dish for a small get-together or looking for sweet treat to bring to a larger celebration, you're sure to find something to please with these Eid recipes.


Shurabet el Eid (Holiday Soup)

Jillian Atkinson

Turn simple chicken broth into a full meal with the addition of white rice and easy meatballs.

Lamb Biryani With Saffron, Yogurt, and Caramelized Onions

Overhead view of lamb biryani
Serious Eats / Qi Ai

Biryani is a celebration of aroma, color, and flavor, with perfectly cooked, fluffy grains of scented basmati rice and tender chunks of spiced lamb.

Vegetable Biryani

A plated portain of Biryani on a pale purple plate on a bright blue background
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

A celebratory meal of aromatic and spiced rice and tender braised vegetables.

Dawali (Palestinian Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Overhead view of finished dawali
Serious Eats / Mai Kakish

No celebratory table is complete without a pot of stuffed grape leaves, often lined at the bottom with lamb ribs.

Hashweh (Palestinian Spiced Rice and Meat)

Hashweh with chicken served with a bowl of yogurt and farmers salad.
Serious Eats / Mai Kakish

Spices bloomed in ghee add complexity to this celebratory Palestinian dish.

North African Tuna and Rice Salad

North African Tuna Rice Salad
Jillian Atkinson

Preserved lemons and tuna transform leftover white rice into the perfect salad meal.


Pistachio Baklava

Stack of baklava
Serious Eats / Mai Kakish

With layers of buttery phyllo dough and nuts drenched in simple syrup or honey, homemade baklava—or bak-la-wa in Arabic—is the ultimate sweet treat.

Basbousa Bel Ashta (Semolina Cake With Ashta Cream Filling)

Overhead view of Basbousa Bel Ashta
Serious Eats / Fred Hardy

This version of basbousa is filled with a rich clotted cream and drenched in a rose-scented syrup.

Kanafeh (Middle Eastern Cheese and Phyllo Dessert)

Vicky Wasik

Filled with salty cheese and drenched in a floral syrup, kanafeh—a phyllo dessert found throughout the Middle East—is a study in contrasts.

Sholeh-Zard (Persian Saffron Rice Pudding)

Overhead view of intricately decorated Sholeh Zard
Serious Eats / Nader Mehravari

This rich and creamy rice pudding is subtly flavored with saffron and rosewater then finished with decorations fit for royalty.

Halva With Spice Dried Fruit and Nuts

Bowl of semolina halva topped with spiced nuts and dried fruit
Vicky Wasik

This classic Indian dessert made from semolina comes together in minutes.

Rasgulla (Indian Milk Dumplings in Sweet Syrup)

Overhead view of Rasgulla
Serious Eats / Kanika and Jatin Sharma

These cardamom-scented milk-based sweets are popular in sweet shops all over India—and are surprisingly easy to make at home.

Gulab Jamun

Nik Sharma

For this classic dessert, fried dough balls made from milk solids and semolina are soaked in a syrup flavored with cardamom, rose water, saffron, and cloves.

8 Egg Sandwiches That Aren’t Just For Breakfast

These egg sandwiches work for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. The choice is yours!

Stacked pork roll halved.
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

I am to eggs as Oprah is to bread—I absolutely love them. I could eat eggs almost everyday without getting tired of them, never mind my cholesterol. Eggs offer endless applications for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. They're easy to make and there's something for everyone. Fried! Scrambled! Boiled! Talk about a reliable and versatile pal. There are very few dishes that can't find improvement with the addition of an egg. But egg sandwiches? Without a doubt the best way to consume them. Whether you're looking for a filling meal or in need of a hangover remedy, these egg sandwiches are just the thing to satisfy your needs. And despite their losses in this year's Starch Madness tournament, we still love them just the same!

Egg and Pâté Bánh Mì

Overhead view of Egg and Pate Banh Mi
Serious Eats / Vy Tran

A bánh mì can be made multiple ways, but with homemade chicken pâté, garlicky aioli, and a savory omelette? Say less.

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich

BEC hero
Serious Eats/Amanda Suarez

Salty, rich, gooey, crispy. A good BEC is deeply satisfying—a welcome cure for everything from a hangover to heartbreak.   

Pan Bagnat (Niçoise Tuna and Tomato Sandwich

Side view of pan bagnat
Serious Eats / Jordan Provost

A Niçoise salad, but make it a sandwich.

Hong Kong-Style Spam and Egg Sandwich

Side view of HK style spam and egg
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

A pile of velvety scrambled eggs and savory Spam between two slices of toasted white bread—this Hong-Kong classic delights in every way.

Roti John (Malaysian Griddled Omelette Sandwich)

Side view of stack of roti johns
Serious Eats / Michelle Yip

Who is John? Doesn't matter when his sandwich is this savory Malaysian delight loaded with a curry-beef omelette and stuffed with the toppings of your choice.

The Best Egg Salad Sandwich

An egg salad sandwich, cut in half, with the two halves stacked on top of each other. The sandwich contains egg salad, butter lettuce, and thinly sliced radishes.
Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

A good egg salad sandwich needs nothing more than perfectly cooked eggs, a touch of acidity, and crunch.

Sabich Sandwiches (Pitas With Eggplant, Eggs, Hummus, and Tahini)


Drippy, messy, and shamelessly moist and flavorful.

5-Ingredient Pork Roll (AKA Taylor Ham)

Stacked pork roll halved.
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Is it the best regional sandwich? Depends on who you ask. But does it have the perfect combination of bread, protein, and cheese? Without a doubt, yes!

15 Vegetarian Sandwiches That’ll Make You Forget All About Meat

Spanning from sweet to savory, these vegetarian sandwiches don’t skimp out on flavor.

Overhead view of cucumber sandwiches on a green plate
Serious Eats / Victor Protasio

We're deep into week two of our fifth annual Starch Madness tournament, and this year, it's all about those sandwiches. Stacked high as the sky or cut at an angle (no cutting vertically here, you monsters), there's something on the list for everyone. Relatedly: Who said a sandwich has to be stuffed with meat? It's merely a vehicle to consume your lunch one-handedly—the rest is up to you. Stuff it with veggies, stuff it with cheese, stuff it with veggies and cheese, or go ahead and make it sweet with some PB&J, why don't you? Whatever you're in the mood for, rest assured these 15 vegetarian sandwiches will make you forget all about the meat.

Japanese Fruit Sando (Fruit Sandwich)

Side view of three fruit sandos
Serious Eats / Debbie Wee

Nestle strawberries, mangoes, or kiwis into a thick cloud of whipped cream—then sandwich it all together between pillowy milk bread for a delightful treat.


Side view of a stack of pb&js
Serious Eats / Jordan Provost

Daniel gave us an in-depth discussion of the art of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich—but whether it really requires a recipe is TBD.

Classic Tomato Sandwich

Classic tomato sandwich on a cutting board, cut diagonally and stacked
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

A Southern tomato sandwich is all about showing off the peak-of-season summer tomatoes.

Hong Kong-Style French Toast

Side view of Hong Kong french toast
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

With a custardy interior that oozes peanut butter and a generous drizzle of condensed milk, this is the breakfast of champions.

Bread Pakora (Potato Fritter Sandwich)

Side view of Bread Pakora
Serious Eats / Kanika and Jatin Sharma

Dipped in a chickpea flour batter and fried, these spiced potato sandwiches are a favorite snack for many across India.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Overhead view of cucumber sandwiches on a green plate
Serious Eats / Victor Protasio

Cool, crisp, refreshing, and...very little more. That's the cucumber sandwich for you!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Two halfs of a grilled cheese stacked on top of each other with cheese dripping down the front
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Our recipe offers the very best method for making a classic grilled cheese sandwich.

Kaya Toast

Side view of stack of kaya toast
Serious Eats / Michelle Yip

Layer kaya—a rich, velvety coconut jam with deep butterscotch notes—with thick slabs of butter for a sweet, tropical breakfast moment.

Vada Pav (Indian Deep-Fried Potato Balls on Rolls)

Side view of vada pav
Serious Eats / Kanika and Jatin

This Indian specialty features spiced, deep-fried potato balls layered on rolls with savory garlic and a bright cilantro and mint chutney.

Chip Butty

Side View of Chip Butty
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Fried potatoes sandwiched between two slices of buttered, untoasted white bread? It’s bloody delicious, I promise.

Piadina (Italian Flatbread Sandwich)

Side view of piadina
Serious Eats / Kevin White

Heaps of arugula and creamy stracchino or burrata are just the beginning for where you can take this Italian flatbread.


An egg salad sandwich, cut in half, with the two halves stacked on top of each other. The sandwich contains egg salad, butter lettuce, and thinly sliced radishes.
Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

The keys to a better egg salad? Perfectly cooked eggs, a touch of acidity, and crunch.

Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

Side view of stack of vanilla ice cream sandwiches
Serious Eats / Jen Causey

Recreate this childhood favorite, wax paper wrapping and all.

Mozzarella in Carrozza (Italian Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches)

Overhead view of Mozz in carrozza
Serious Eats / Qi Ai

Breaded, deep-fried, satisfying, and dramatic! This is a mozz in carozza at its finest.

Sabich Sandwiches (Pitas With Eggplant, Eggs, Hummus, and Tahini)


Allow us to present to you all the components of a perfect sandwich: something fried, saucy, pickled, and an egg.