I tried the “1 minute” hack for shredding a rotisserie chicken – it's life changing


When a viral TikTok video claimed to finish and shred an entire Costco rotisserie chicken in 60 seconds, I knew I had to try it. As a recipe developer and busy mom of two, good food shortcuts are like gold. And it did not disappoint!

“1-Minute” Rotisserie Chicken Shredding Hack

The hack is delightfully simple. You start with hot rotisserie chicken. Remove any trussing holes and place the whole bird in a gallon-size zip-top bag. Seal the bag, then press, or “massage,” the chicken through the bag to easily separate the meat from the bones.

At first, it feels silly – like you're giving the chicken a deep tissue massage. But the meat immediately begins to break into large pieces and chunks. Then all you have to do is reach in and remove the bones and you're done! The best part? There is virtually no mess!

4 Reasons I Love This Hack

  1. It's fast.. I timed myself and it took me three minutes to completely shred the chicken, including removing the bones, skin and cartilage. Not quite 60 seconds, but still a very quick way to break down a whole bird!
  2. There is. Very A little cleaning. Since all the work is done inside a plastic bag, there are no cutting boards, pots or counter tops to reduce grease. All it takes is a quick hand wash.
  3. The chicken is packaged and ready to use.. Store the shredded chicken in a zip-top bag until you're ready to use it. It can be refrigerated, frozen, or used immediately in a number of clever ways.
  4. It makes food preparation easier.. This way, you can efficiently shred as many chickens as you can handle, and portion the shredded meat into bags to store in the freezer for easy future meals. Keeping shredded chicken on hand opens up many delicious and easy meal options in the weeks and months to come. I love it in tacos, creamy pasta dishes, and tamale pies, but you can easily recreate it in salads, soups, quesadillas, pasta bakes, and more.

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3 tips to make it even easier

While the basic shortcut itself is great, here are a few tricks to consider:

  1. The original hack puts the whole chicken in a bag, but I like to remove the skin first for “cleaner” cuts of meat.
  2. Save the bones for the stock. Instead of tossing the bones, I put them in my Instant Pot to make a quick stock, really enhancing that a good deal.
  3. While zip-top bags are convenient, if you're avoiding single-use plastic, a reusable gallon-sized silicone bag works perfectly for this hack. And there it is even now Less cleanup than if you broke and shredded the chicken by hand.

The cooking instructor in me gets a little rosy-cheeked at this method, but after using my hands to properly trim chickens and shred chicken, this will forever be my favorite. Now the question is, can I get a bag big enough to hold a turkey before Thanksgiving?


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