This Is the One KitchenAid Stand Mixer Hack You Need to See

And it has nothing to do with baking!

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July 17, 2019
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Photo by: RYAN DAUSCH

RYAN DAUSCH

Maybe you just bought your first KitchenAid stand mixer and are wondering what all this thing can actually do. Or, maybe you’ve had this cult-favorite kitchen appliance forever and doubt there is anything about the multi-function workhorse you don’t already know. Either way, we’re here to tell you that there is one food you probably haven’t considered placing inside the large, stainless steel mixing bowl — and that ingredient is chicken.

Whether you’re making a salad, tacos or enchiladas, chicken breasts always go further when they’ve been shredded up. But the process of ripping apart chicken with your hands and a fork can be cumbersome and (if the meat is still too hot from cooking) downright painful. Which is why we’re recommending you throw those freshly cooked chicken breasts directly into your KitchenAid stand mixer and let it do all the work for you.

Since your meat will be tender and juicy right after cooking (we recommend this Instant Pot method), the lowest setting is all you need to quickly shred it up into pieces of your desired size (one YouTube video by Kimber Matherne shows the entire process taking just over one minute!). And, while there are plenty of KitchenAid attachments you can purchase separately that will transform your mixer, this hack is accomplished with the standard paddle that comes with your KitchenAid. Yup, that means no additional equipment required! We’ve only seen this hack used with a stainless steel bowl, so we suggest trying with this classic 4.5-quart mixer. If you already have a KitchenAid with a ceramic or glass bowl, though, you can always purchase the stainless steel option separately.

This hack proves that a stand mixer can do far more than just handle your baked goods, and we believe anyone who likes to tackle a new recipe or experiment in the kitchen should have one. So, whether you're baking a cake, making dinner or (better yet) tackling both, whip out your mixer tonight and try something new! We just suggest giving your dishwasher-safe bowl and attachment a good cleaning in between.

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