Kitchen Aid Shredded Chicken

1 Posted by - March 11, 2013 - Food & Drink

This pin test was originally posted on CraftFail.

Sometimes stuff on Pinterest completely blows my mind when I read it. This is one of those times. Dudes, apparently you can use your Kitchen Aid mixer to shred chicken!

I use my Kitchen Aid mixer mostly to beat eggs and boxes of cake mix together. So I grant you that it’s a little under-utilized in my kitchen. But use it to shred chicken? No way. I set out to try it for myself.

First I boiled some chicken.


Then, as instructed, I put some of the warm chicken in my mixing bowl. Apparently this does not work if the chicken is cold. (Yeah, I dunno either.)


I carefully loaded the bowl into the mixer, lowered down the paddle, and turned it on speed 1. (I was being cautious. The instructions said you could use speed 4.)

Before I continue, I feel I should give you a visual of how my kitchen is set up when I have out my mixer. The mixer sits out on the counter like so, a few feet away from the sink.


This is important for you to know, because the moment I turned on the mixer, one of my chicken breasts went sailing right through the air and landed in my kitchen sink.


Undaunted, I put it back in the mixer bowl (hey, my sink is clean) and tried again, more carefully this time.


It was sort of working, except that I was having to play chicken goalie the entire time to keep everything in the bowl. Most stuff stayed in the bowl with my help, but the dog immediately figured out that there was flying meat present and made herself available.


So, eventually it worked. It took a while on speed 1 with me continually blocking flying chicken…

Guess that makes me a cock-blocker?



  • Franziska Külbel March 11, 2013 - 9:13 am Reply

    Ooooh it’s perfect, now you can add “cockblocker” to your list of skills or even name it as your profession? I can imagine it on your résumé: Special Skills: Cockblocking… Teaching kids and young adults how to cockblock… Activities: Cockblocking… ah, it’s so perfect!

  • Tara Schurz Shields March 11, 2013 - 9:36 am Reply

    LOL – I’ve never had my chicken go flying that way! It must have been quite a sight. I do not have a KitchenAid (yet – I still live in hope of getting one someday), so I just use my little hand mixer. You do have to be a little cautious to avoid chicken bits flying out of the bowl, but it really works amazingly well to shred chicken – also pork or beef. SO easy and quick – it’s my favorite new kitchen trick. And it does work better when the meat is warm… not sure why.

  • Kristin March 11, 2013 - 10:00 am Reply

    I’ve used mine to shredded pork and it was so much easier than using forks. I’m lazy about some stuff in the kitchen so I was thrilled.

  • Denna Merritt March 11, 2013 - 10:01 am Reply

    You never fail to make me laugh! lol Although you can buy mixing shields for your Kitchenaid mixer bowls, but then your post wouldn’t have been nearly as funny would it? ROFL

  • Thewrightg March 11, 2013 - 10:13 am Reply

    They make a lid for those. In this instance, it’d be a cock shield?

    • Llama spit March 12, 2013 - 12:56 pm Reply

      Yep. They’re called pour shields. Cost about $15 on Amazon and they’re SO worth it! Not only do they prevent food from flying out, they let you add stuff without having to turn it off and lift the head. Well, I suppose you don’t HAVE to turn it off before you lift the head, but then you get sprayed in the face. Don’t we all get sprayed in the face by head enough?

  • GMW March 11, 2013 - 10:24 am Reply

    Cockblocker: preventing airborn cock, one breast at a time.

    • D1980 March 11, 2013 - 1:18 pm Reply

      New Superhero perhaps?

  • Kendra Smith Caudill March 11, 2013 - 11:42 am Reply

    Hey this looks good, just like the craftfail pic. I’d call this a win even if you did have to field flying chicken.

  • Steph March 11, 2013 - 12:07 pm Reply

    So, I think you should try it with cold chicken, just to see. But in case you want to save yourself the time, I think they say to use warm chicken because the chicken is more pliable when it is warm. When it’s cold, the cooked chicken becomes stiffer and is harder to break up.

  • snork March 11, 2013 - 1:35 pm Reply

    Best to stick with the warm chicken parts. Nothing like getting smacked in the face with a cold stiff one…

    • Melisa Marie March 11, 2013 - 2:38 pm Reply

      Oh.My.Gosh!!! **BEST** comment!!! 🙂

      • Newb March 11, 2013 - 2:48 pm Reply

        I’m dying!! snork just won the internet!

  • Miranda March 11, 2013 - 1:36 pm Reply

    You can cover the bowl with plastic wrap, that helps…But the thought of seeing chicken flying out of a mixing bowl is awesome! My dogs would have been so excited, I would have had to make a posting on how to disinfect dog “stuff” off the cabinet…they love chicken!

  • Girl In Crowd March 11, 2013 - 4:46 pm Reply

    Please tell me that you made “Flying Cock in Tacos” for dinner. (I will also accept a funnier dinner menu title.)

    • Llama spit March 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm Reply

      Cock Block Casserole! Now with extra blocking power!

  • Rachel March 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm Reply

    I do this all the time for loaded nachos at home! I agree though, I use a clean kitchen towel to protect flying breasts!

  • Truffles8761 March 11, 2013 - 7:56 pm Reply

    Love your chicken goalie.

  • Lauren March 11, 2013 - 11:18 pm Reply

    The reason it works so well when the meat is warm is that the fat and grease and juices are soft when the meat is warm. If it’s cold, it’s much stiffer and stickier.

    • Stacy Plowman-Pennock March 12, 2013 - 5:29 am Reply

      Stiff and Sticky, just how I like it!

  • [email protected] March 12, 2013 - 12:06 am Reply

    Let the Kitchen-Aid Chicken Shredding begin. This is brilliant. I hate touching chicken.

    • KimB March 12, 2013 - 1:40 am Reply

      You mean you hate touching cock.

  • Whiskeygirl7 March 12, 2013 - 6:59 am Reply

    Hey Sonja, I admire your cock blocking skills and fantastic fails and superb successes (this is me buttering you up). Have you looked into making a mobile friendly version of your site? You’re normally the highlight of my lunch when I’ve escaped from my cubicle in the room with no windows. No really, you go through like 5 security doors to get in. However the site sometimes argues with my phone and makes it hard to see pinteste comments! You would rock even more if you could help out! If it’s even possible for me to handle any more of your epic rock-ness!

    • Pintester March 12, 2013 - 9:15 am Reply

      As it happens, there are plans in the works for a redesign of the site which will make it responsive and lovely-looking on cell phones. Hang in there! It’ll be here soon!

      • ChickieD March 18, 2013 - 9:06 am Reply

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  • The Party Mom March 12, 2013 - 7:22 am Reply

    sooooo what happens to the bones? I cant find any mention of them haha?

    • Pintester March 12, 2013 - 9:17 am Reply

      These are boneless skinless chicken breasts, as nature intended. 😉

      Unless you were making a boner joke… in which case, HA. They’re shredded.

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  • Tamy Meadows March 12, 2013 - 1:51 pm Reply

    I do not say this enough. I love you. Madly and deeply. <3

  • katykersh March 12, 2013 - 3:45 pm Reply

    “the dog immediately figured out that there was flying meat present and made herself available.” This made me laugh so hard! Your dog is smart!!! PS Have I told you that I love you? Not that way, just in a bff type of way 🙂

  • brigidkeely March 12, 2013 - 11:34 pm Reply

    If you don’t have a mixer, or aren’t in the mood to launch tits around your kitchen, you can use a potato masher. When I make pulled chicken or pork in the crock pot I just go at it with a potato masher after it’s cooked. It’s less exciting, but it gets the job done.

  • Noelle March 13, 2013 - 11:15 pm Reply

    You made flying cock. Also, “Flying Cock” sounds like either the worst or the best porn ever.

  • lmlbdo March 14, 2013 - 12:37 pm Reply

    in response to a long ago post, ” And it does work better when the meat is warm… not sure why”…. simply because warm meat is more pliable… in the applications one can imagine!!!
    post and comments all very funny yet also informative. “Cock blocker” is on my list of things to purchase.. after all…sometimes we are just NOT in the mood to have it thrown in our face!

  • Bre March 15, 2013 - 3:05 pm Reply

    Don’t want to be the Debbie downer BUT your kitchen sink is said to be just as dirty if not worse than a toilet. But you’re still alive so no worries ;0)

  • Brittany Keence March 17, 2013 - 10:47 am Reply

    I love this! I tried this a couple months ago, and my life has forever been changed! When I did it, I didn’t have chicken flying anywhere, but I cut each chicken breast in half so that could have been why lol.

  • Liz March 18, 2013 - 6:36 am Reply

    I used my kitchen aid to shred a pork shoulder worked like a charm!!!!

  • ChickieD March 19, 2013 - 9:34 am Reply

    Now I want a video with you trying to catch flying chicken ala Lucille Ball.

  • Traci March 21, 2013 - 11:12 am Reply

    So I did this because I thought you were just doing it wrong. I, too, had some flying chicken. I’ve done it before with chicken cooked in the crockpot and I can say that if you have the time, cook it in the crockpot instead of boiling it. You won’t have flying chicken breasts as I believe the meat is more tender from the crockpot than a pot of boiling water.

  • Mamabear March 23, 2013 - 1:37 am Reply

    This falls in my tested, tried, and love board. I use this for all the meats I cook. Playing goalie with a hot piece of meat is painful, but rewarding. I will never shred with a fork again.

  • Sarah McMullin March 25, 2013 - 5:40 pm Reply

    So sad I missed a chance to make a joke about beating your meat. Better late than never!

  • Erin Vadasz April 5, 2013 - 12:43 am Reply

    I ….. Can….hardly …..type..ahahaha ha ha love it.

  • Shannon Martin May 9, 2013 - 10:54 am Reply

    Ahhhhh HAHAHAHAHA! I have tried this in the past as well and it did not turn out well at all. My cat was happy with his snacks he snatched off the floor, but I was cursing like a damn sailor as I cleaned chicken pieces off my kitchen walls.

  • Ashlei Green May 20, 2013 - 8:28 pm Reply

    If you think that was fun, I heard of this and decided I would try with my hand mixer since I do not have a stand up one. It works 🙂 But it usually looks like someone poured chiken confetti on me lol

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    styrofoam plate- cut a line to the center and a little hole for the paddle. instant cover! remote cock-blocker. because you don’t want to get too close to flying.. yeah

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