Honey Garlic Shredded Chicken

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This Honey Garlic Shredded Chicken is a healthier version of the popular Chinese dish. The chicken is baked instead of fried and then coated in a flavorful ginger, honey and garlic sauce.

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One of my most popular chicken dishes on my site is this Shredded BBQ Chicken Crockpot Recipe.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that recipe would get as many hits as it has. Everyday it’s been in my top two viewed recipes since I posted it back in September (2013). Maybe that recipe was my lucky viral break! I’m perfectly fine with that and as long as the wave is still going, I’m happy to ride it!

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As good and simple as that recipe is, I think THIS Honey Garlic Shredded Chicken may be better and takes no time to make as well.

Skinless chicken breasts are one of the quickest meats to cook. We eat it often, so I’m always tweaking spices and sauces so that it’s not bland. This is one of those dishes that you’ll want to put away after everyone is served otherwise it’ll get picked at until it’s all gone!

Honey Garlic Shredded Chicken - The Foodie Affair

The ingredients for this recipe are probably stocked in your pantry, so it’s super easy to mix up. Do you use hoisin sauce for a quick stir-fry and glaze? It’s great for dipping veggies in it too!

Finger licking good chicken, except you’ll be using a utensil to eat this, so your fork will get a good cleaning instead of your fingers! 😉

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Honey Garlic Shredded Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish - Chicken
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 Large Chicken Breasts, skinless
  • ½ cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl combine soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic and chili flakes.
  3. Place chicken in a 9" x 13" baking pan and pour sauce on top. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Remove cooked chicken from pan and shred with two forks. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water making a slurry. Set aside.
  6. Put the liquid from the chicken in a small saucepan and bring to a slight boil over medium-high heat. Add cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened. Pour sauce over shredded chicken and mix until all pieces are coated with the sauce.
  7. Serve with rice and additional toppings (sesame seeds, chopped greed onions or cilantro).

Adapted from Food.com, Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken 

Don’t forget to try my Sticky Rice recipe!

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34 Comments on Honey Garlic Shredded Chicken

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      November 3, 2014

      Thank you! Yes, frying the chicken is so not needed with all the flavor going on here.

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    Shelby says:
    November 3, 2014

    This sounds delicious, I love asian style meals like this.

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      November 3, 2014

      Asian inspired recipes are my favorite too. So quick to put together and everyone loves this one!

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      November 3, 2014

      Thanks, Carrie! Asian and Mexican dishes are my family’s favorite meals!

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    November 3, 2014

    Honey + Garlic. Two staple ingredients in my kitchen! I’ve got everything I need to make this, definitely adding to the menu!

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      November 3, 2014

      I hope you enjoy this shredded chicken recipe as much as we do!! It’s a great mid-week meal!

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    November 3, 2014

    I think I’d switch it up and use thighs, but I know it would still be as delicious as your original. I used to be all about chicken breasts, but now I’m crazy for thighs,esp in the slow cooker. I can just imagine how wonderful that sauce is! YUM!

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      November 3, 2014

      Chicken thighs is a great idea for this recipe! I think the next time I’ll use both!

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    November 3, 2014

    I always have hoisin sauce on hand! I love the flavors in this dish, and you already know I’m a huge fan of that sticky rice. I made it again already! Don eats it all

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      November 3, 2014

      I’m so glad Don loves that sticky rice! It goes with so many meals and so easy to make!

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    November 3, 2014

    I am completely in love with this dish! We love Asian flavors here, so I need to make this ASAP! Pinned for later

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      November 3, 2014

      Thanks, Bobbi! This will become a favorite if you love Asian food!

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    November 3, 2014

    This sure is a quick, easy and healthy recipe. I always have hoisin sauce in my pantry, such a versatile sauce.

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      November 3, 2014

      Hoisin sauce is a stock item in my house. I love that you can use it right out of the jar or add it to other spices for a different flavor.

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    Mary Ellen says:
    November 3, 2014

    This looks finger looking good! It looks amazing and love the sticky rice with it too.

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      November 3, 2014

      This chicken does taste good with the sticky rice. The sauce soaks in it for extra flavor!

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      November 3, 2014

      Thank you! Let me know what your daughter thinks, Sheena!

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    November 4, 2014

    OMG Sandra your Honey Garlic Shredded Chicken recipes sounds like the perfect change-up to my usual, plain ‘ol chicken breasts. I love that it’s so easy also. I will definitely give this a try and I’m almost sure that Grampy will enjoy it. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      November 4, 2014

      I know you will enjoy this recipe. The flavors are so tasty together. Let me know Grampy’s verdict!

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    November 4, 2014

    This looks great, Sandra! I do love honey garlic chicken and shredding it is a great idea!

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      November 4, 2014

      I think this would be great with moo shoo pancakes too!

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    November 4, 2014

    You’re shredded BBQ chicken looks absolutely amazing. It’s definitely time to pull out my crock pot. Love this recipe

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      November 4, 2014

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the nice comment. I’m glad you stopped by 🙂

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      November 4, 2014

      Awww, that’s so nice, Karen! Fingers crossed 🙂

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    Sarah says:
    November 4, 2014

    I’m drooling over here! This chicken looks like a perfect dinner!

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      November 4, 2014

      This was easy to make, which always gets bonus points with me, especially when it comes out so tasty!

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    November 4, 2014

    Yum! I haven’t tried shredding chicken before but I have done it with slow cooked pork which is awesome.

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