Boiled Garlic Chicken

This easy boiled garlic chicken is a recipe for garlic lovers!  It’s a simple dish that uses salt, black pepper and garlic to highlight and bring out the umami flavors naturally found in chicken!

Boiled garlic chicken is in one word – simple!  It’s one of the most uncomplicated recipes we have here at LCA.

Boiled garlic chicken thigh shredded and served on a white plate topped with green onions and garlic.

Now, remember simple does not mean tasteless especially if you’re a garlic lover like myself.

Just a little salt, pepper and grated garlic goes a long way into seasoning this delicious chicken dish!

What is Boiled Garlic Chicken?

Tender boiled chicken thigh is shredded then seasoned with salt, black pepper and topped with fresh grated garlic. Then piping hot oil is poured on top to infuse all the flavors together.

How long should I boil chicken thigh?

You should boil the chicken for approximately 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Boiled garlic chicken thigh shredded and served on a white plate before getting drizzled with hot oil.

What’s the best way to shred boiled chicken thighs?

Using a simple fork, pulling along with the grain is the easiest way to shred boiled chicken.

Do you have any tips on making this boiled garlic chicken?

  • Adjust garlic and seasoning to your preference.
  • Careful handling the oil.  It is very hot!
  • Boiled garlic chicken goes great with a side salad or veggies.
  • Make sure to top with fresh green onions as it adds a lot to the recipe.

Boiled garlic chicken thigh shredded and served on a white plate being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Looking for other chicken thigh recipes? Check these delicious and easy ones below!

Now let’s get making this Boiled Garlic Chicken recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Cook Time 15M
  • Total Time 20M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~0.5g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1/8 tsp Salt (for boiling)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/8 tsp Salt (for seasoning)
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Neutral Cooking Oil
  • 2 Stalks of Green Onion

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) In large stove top pot, add enough water to cover chicken thighs and bring to a boil.

3) Once the water boils, sprinkle 1/8 tsp salt into stove top pot and add chicken.  Reduce heat to medium and cover stove top pot 7/8 of the way to expose a little room for evaporation.  Cook for 15 minutes.

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4) Meanwhile, cut green onion into thin slices.

5) Grind garlic with a grinder or a garlic press.

6) Once 15 minutes has passed, remove chicken and place onto a  cutting board.  Gently sweep the knife/fork along with the grain of the meat.  The chicken should pull apart and form shreds.

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7) In a large mixing bowl, add chicken, garlic, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix well.  After mixing well, transfer to a serving plate and add green onions on top.

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8) In a cast iron pan, heat up the neutral cooking oil until it lightly smokes (please note that cast iron pan & handle gets VERY hot.  So please wear mitts if you need to handle the pan).   Pour hot oil onto chicken (should sizzle if hot enough) and enjoy immediately.

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Boiled garlic chicken thigh shredded and served on a white plate being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

 

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Boiled garlic chicken thigh shredded and served on a white plate being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Boiled Garlic Chicken

This easy boiled garlic chicken is a recipe for garlic lovers! It’s a simple dish that uses salt, black pepper and garlic to highlight and bring out the umami flavors naturally found in chicken!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Asian American, Asian Fusion
Keyword: boiled chicken recipe, chicken thigh recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 438kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Chicken Thighs Boneless and Skinless
  • 1/8 tsp Salt for boiling
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/8 tsp Salt for seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Neutral Cooking Oil
  • 2 Stalks Green Onion

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Garlic Pulled Chicken Recipe (1)
  • In large stove top pot, add enough water to cover chicken thighs and bring to a boil.
    Garlic Pulled Chicken Recipe (4)
  • Once the water boils, sprinkle 1/8 tsp salt into stove top pot and add chicken. Reduce heat to medium and cover stove top pot 7/8 of the way to expose a little room for evaporation. Cook for 15 minutes.
    Garlic Pulled Chicken Recipe (21)
  • Meanwhile, cut green onion into thin slices.
    Garlic Pulled Chicken Recipe (3)
  • Grind garlic with a grinder or a garlic press.
    Garlic Pulled Chicken Recipe (2)
  • Once 15 minutes has passed, remove chicken and place onto a cutting board. Gently sweep the knife/fork along with the grain of the meat. The chicken should pull apart and form shreds.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add chicken, garlic, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix well. After mixing well, transfer to a serving plate and add green onions on top.
    Garlic Pulled Chicken Recipe (25)
  • In a cast iron pan, heat up your neutral cooking oil until it lightly smokes (please note that cast iron pan & handle gets VERY hot. So please wear mitts if you need to handle the pan). Pour hot oil onto chicken (should sizzle if hot enough) and enjoy immediately.
    Garlic Pulled Chicken Recipe (26)

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Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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