We all love how satisfying it feels to provide our families with a home cooked meal every night of the week. But what we don’t love is all the time and hard work that goes into it, (even if it is a labor of love). By the end of the week, the idea of putting a hot meal on the table seems nearly impossible.
While you’ve probably turned to your stand mixer to help you make cookies or cakes, you might not have thought about it as the best tool for helping you get dinner on the table faster than ever. But if you want in on a little secret, here’s your chance. A quick afternoon in the kitchen with some chicken breasts and your stand mixer can mean the difference between slaving away in the kitchen every night after a long day or having dinner halfway done before you even walk in the door.
Follow these easy steps and see just how simple prepping dinner is when you use your stand mixer.
Step 1: Bake Your Chicken
Bake your chicken breasts (as many as you need for the week). Don’t over season them since you might be using them in very different meals and one seasoning won’t work for them all.
Instead, opt for a little salt and pepper and avoid drying them out. You can start them in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven and let them bake for about half an hour. Just make sure they’re completely cooked before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Place in Your Mixer
No need to let your chicken cool. Place them right in the bowl of your mixer. Depending on their size and the size of your mixer, two to four should fit just fine.
Step 3: Shredded Bliss
Now here’s the big secret. Use the flat beater attachment for your mixer. Use a lower speed and let your mixer go for about 30 seconds.
If you can believe it, your chicken should be mostly shredded after this short burst of time. Go ahead and think for a minute about all the hours you’ve spent shredding chicken to use in recipes. Now you’ll have shredded chicken on hand at all times.
- Shredded chicken freezes very well. As long as you take it out the night before you need it, the shredded chicken will be ready to go when it’s time to get dinner cooking.
- You can make chicken tacos, pasta, casseroles, enchiladas. There’s almost no end to the list of recipes you can whip up in a flash with cooked, shredded chicken!
So there you have it. The world’s best kept secret for speeding up your time in the kitchen with your stand mixer. Take up a new hobby with the hours that you could save each month.
Need a new stand mixer?
Consider a VonShef Stand Mixer. Most models come with a dust cover to keep your mixer clean and ready to use at a moment’s notice and a splash guard to save your chicken, just in case you overfill the bowl.
A Cuisinart mixer will also certainly get the job done and its design is one of the most modern available.