Hey there, reluctant meal preppers! It doesn't get much easier than this. Making these Copycat Perdue Short Cuts chicken breast strips in the crock pot to save for use during the week, or to freeze for later, is a great way to slowly and easily lean into a meal prepping routine. If you regularly use Perdue Short Cuts, you know how handy they are. But, I get you didn't think about making copycat version at home in your crock pot! It's actually pretty easy, and only requires three ingredients. The trick is getting the cooking time correct, so the chicken doesn't fall apart.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I actually used Perdue brand because it was on sale)
- 1 can low-sodium chicken broth
- salt-free herb seasoning to taste
Add all the ingredients to the crock pot. For a salt-free herb seasoning, try Bragg's Organic Sprinkles. I cooked everything on high for about 4 hrs. Like I said, the timing is a little tricky because every crock pot is different and it really depends on the size of the chicken breasts. So the first time you make it, check on the chicken every hour. It's a little tedious the first time, but if you let it cook too long, it will start to fall apart. That's great to shredding chicken, but we are trying to get nice slices. After you do it once, you will know exactly how long it takes and you can set a timer or pull it our when it done. Making them this way saves a LOT of money.
After cooking, let it chicken cool to almost room temperature then gently slice it with a serrated knife. If should be fine in the fridge up to 4 days. Or you can throw it all into a freezer bag and pull it out as needed. The food Saver is a great way to freeze them, or lay them individually on a cookie sheet to freeze before putting them into the Gallon Freezer bag for long-term storage. Freezing them like this makes it a lot easier to pull out what you need, as won't be sticking together. Here are just SOME of their uses:
For even more inspiration, check out our Chicken Crock Pot Recipes post for 50+ more ideas!