How Much Chicken to Buy When a Recipe Calls For Shredded Meat? Help Is on the Way!


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Do you never know how much chicken to buy when a recipe calls for however many cups of shredded or diced chicken? It can make you feel in the dark once you’re at the store or putting in an order. Whether the chicken you’re shopping for is uncooked or cooked, here’s your key.

Shredded or Diced Chicken in Cups, Pounds, and Ounces

  • Cooked: The average ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken weighs between 2 to 3 pounds and will give you about 3 to 4 cups of shredded or diced meat.
  • Raw: 12 ounces of raw boneless, skinless chicken will give you about 2 cups of shredded chicken, weighing 8 ounces cooked. You can boil the chicken or make it in a pressure cooker.
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Your yield of shredded or diced chicken will also have to do with how thoroughly you pick the meat from the bones. If you’re a little short for your recipe, just roll with it.

If you have excess chicken, freeze for up to 3 months. You can also freeze the chicken bones to use for making stock later. A slow cooker or Instant Pot makes it especially easy.

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