Shredded Chicken

Here is my mouthwatering Shredded Chicken recipe! This delightful dish features tender boneless and skinless chicken thighs, perfectly boiled and transformed into flavorful shreds. Seasoned with salt, black pepper, and garlicky goodness, it’s finished with a drizzle of sizzling hot oil for a burst of umami flavor.

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

Why I Love This Recipe

My Shredded Chicken recipe is a frequent favorite in my kitchen due to its incredible versatility! Starting with succulent chicken thighs, I boil them to perfection and then shred them into those irresistible, bite-sized pieces. The result is a mouthwatering, peppery, and garlicky taste that can elevate a simple side dish or serve as a protein-packed topping for various dishes!

Whether you’re seeking a hearty main or a way to enhance salads like my Chinese Chicken Salad, this recipe is a must-try hassle-free recipe for those looking for a deliciously adaptable way to enjoy chicken!



  • Chicken – boneless and skinless chicken thigh. Can substitute with chicken breast if preferred.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high smoking temperature.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.

🌾 Cooking Oil Ingredient Note

Choose a cooking oil with a high smoke point and a neutral taste for this recipe. Options like Sunflower Oil, Peanut Oil, Safflower Oil, Vegetable Oil, and Canola Oil work well.

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


Step 1 Boil chicken thighs in salted water, partially covered, for 15 minutes.

Chicken being boiled in a pot.

Step 2 Shred the boiled chicken and place it in a mixing bowl.

Boiled chicken being shredded.

🍴 Shredding Pro Tip

Consider using a Hand Mixer on low speed to shred the chicken. This method significantly simplifies the shredding process, making it even easier to prepare.

Step 3 Season the shredded chicken with salt, black pepper, and grated garlic, then mix thoroughly.

Shredded chicken being seasoned in a bowl.

Step 4 Heat cooking oil in a frying pan until smoking, then pour it over the chicken. Garnish with green onions.

Hot oil being poured on top of shredded chicken.

💡 Leftover Pro Tip

Make the most of your leftover shredded chicken by considering versatile options like using it as a salad topping, incorporating it into Soups, mixing it into Pasta dishes, or crafting delicious Sandwiches. This chicken is a highly adaptable ingredient that not only adds flavor but also boosts the protein content of your meals!

Paring Recommendations

Consider adding extra chicken to the broth and using it to prepare a comforting Japanese Chicken Soup, elevating your dining experience with rich flavors. Additionally, serving this dish with your choice of rice allows you to soak up all the delicious juices from the sauce, creating a satisfying combination. For a vibrant side, don’t miss the opportunity to include Asian-style vegetables like the Korean Spinach Salad, adding freshness and a delightful twist to your meal.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs for this recipe?

Yes, you can use chicken breast, but it may turn out drier compared to using chicken thighs.

Is there a way to make this recipe even healthier?

Certainly, you can make this recipe even healthier by using cold-pressed oil, such as peanut oil. This choice aligns with a focus on all-natural ingredients and can contribute to a healthier overall dish.

Storage Tips

Simply place it in an airtight container and refrigerate it. This way, it will remain fresh for 3-5 days. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, reheating in the microwave provides a quick and convenient meal option.

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

Shredded Chicken

Enjoy tender and flavorful boiled Shredded Chicken made from chicken thighs. A simple and healthy recipe for a delicious meal.
5 from 9 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: boiled shredded chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 438kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for shredded boiled chicken recipe.
  • In large stove top pot, add enough water to cover chicken thighs and bring to a boil. 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.
    Chicken being boiled in a pot.
  • Meanwhile, chop green onions and grate garlic.
    Chopped green onions.
  • 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.
    Boiled chicken being shredded.
  • 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.
  • Heat cooking oil in a frying pan until smoking point. Pour hot oil onto chicken (should sizzle if hot enough) and enjoy immediately.
    Hot oil being poured on top of shredded chicken.


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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