Shredded Chicken ?

I want to make chicken tacos but the recipe calls for using a crock pot, which I don't have. Can I cook the chicken in a skillet, let it cool, then shred it with a fork? Boiling it seems iffy since I am getting conflicting information on how long to boil it (some say 20 minutes, some say an hour) and I know if I over cook it, it'll be rubbery, so I would rather not bother with that at all.

FYI, the recipe calls for boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, if that makes a difference.

Any advice, oh great cooking experts? Thank you!
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I love my crock pot.

I had one for 10 years and the heating element just went on it. The next time we went grocery shopping, hubbs found one for like $19 and picked it up.


Mmmm, now I want to make chicken in the crock pot. With tons of rice. And celery.
FINE. God! I'll buy a crockpot! (enablers)

Heh, I'll keep an eye out when I go food shopping later today to see if they sell 'em in my supermarket.

So it's a no go doing it in the skillet..gotcha!
HG's: (I alternate)
DEP Sport Gel or B&A Gel
Naturalle Gel (used like CK - a ton in sopping wet hair and mostly air dry)
all used over a leave in

Method: Air dry 20 minutes, then blow dry for volume.

2/3 mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color for gray, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, glycerin-sensitive (I think) in high humidity, NOT CG, wash with regular S&C 2x a week.
I've poached chicken when I need it shredded, and I used to poach it when making food when my daughter was very small.

Nobody needs a crockpot to make shredded chicken. Insanity. Pure insanity.
Get a meat thermometer if you must get a piece of equipment. Then you'll know to pull your chicken out at 165 degrees after simmering or poaching it (no boiling). Though honestly, those thighs can get stewed and cooked to 180 and above (fork tender). Thighs take well to long cooking. It's breasts you have to watch closely.
Take those thighs, season them as you like, brown them in a pan, and add your liquid (can be just water). Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and cover the pan. Cook until tender.
Mexicans tend to just do this without the browning, just putting the seasoned chicken in water, maybe with a little onion and other aromatics thrown in. Browning is just an extra flavor step.

Last edited by Saria; 02-17-2010 at 08:38 AM.
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You'll know when you go...oh, wait, that's what they say in Jamaica mon!

You won't be sorry for getting a cp...they are so handy! The way the flavors get sealed/locked in & the meat just melts in yer mouth from all that basting...no comparison...mmmmmmmmmmm!!
WileE - I totally was thinking of you this a.m. when I forked over the $12.99 (ON SALE) for a 3 qt. crockpot at Target. Great deal and I can. NOT. Wait. to use it now...WHOO! Chicken tacos, here I come!
HG's: (I alternate)
DEP Sport Gel or B&A Gel
Naturalle Gel (used like CK - a ton in sopping wet hair and mostly air dry)
all used over a leave in

Method: Air dry 20 minutes, then blow dry for volume.

2/3 mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color for gray, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, glycerin-sensitive (I think) in high humidity, NOT CG, wash with regular S&C 2x a week.
WileE - also? That linked you posted "A Year of Slow Cooking" - THANK YOU! And it's so funny because the crockpot I bought is the third one from the left pictured at the top of the home page!
HG's: (I alternate)
DEP Sport Gel or B&A Gel
Naturalle Gel (used like CK - a ton in sopping wet hair and mostly air dry)
all used over a leave in

Method: Air dry 20 minutes, then blow dry for volume.

2/3 mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color for gray, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, glycerin-sensitive (I think) in high humidity, NOT CG, wash with regular S&C 2x a week.
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Yay! That one is purdy. I still have the one I got when I got married. It's mauve
I love, love that w/s!

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