Shredded BBQ Thai Chicken & Golden Rice

My hubby had a busy, stressful week and had to work late Friday night so I wanted him to come home to a warm, home-cooked meal. He basically loves anything I put in front of him  ..  but he particularly loves chicken. For me, I know the dish is good if he doesn’t talk and just keeps eating and if my girls eat everything too!

Now that I am cooking a little more often, one thing I absolutely love doing is flipping through food magazines, thinking about recipe ideas and reading the articles. I also love Pinterest too of course, but there’s something pretty awesome about actually turning a page and flipping through a good ole magazine. (Yes, this is yet another thing I do that is old school).

So, this one is from Food & Wine. I changed things up a bit with the chicken and used this recipe from The Kitchn so the chicken would also have a BBQ twist to it. Might sound strange but it works and is delicious: squeeze fresh lemon juice, add the cilantro and mix in Sriracha chile sauce (with a dash of low sodium soy sauce) and voila! You’ve got BBQ Thai-ish Chicken. I cooked an entire chicken in a crock pot the day before, so if you don’t have time for that, you can just use a rotisserie chicken instead.

The husband scarfed this one down (had 2 servings) and loved it. Hope you enjoy!

Shredded BBQ Thai Chicken & Golden Rice

For the Barbecue Shredded Chicken (in a slow cooker):


  • 1 whole chicken or 3 to 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, or a mix of thighs and breasts
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 (or more) cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups barbecue sauce (any)

Slow Cooker Instructions:

Remove the chicken from its packaging, rinse and pat it dry.

In a large bowl, add the diced onion, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper, BBQ sauce and mix. Place the chicken into the crock pot and pour in the barbecue sauce mixture on top of the chicken. Drizzle olive oil all over the chicken.

Cook for 5 to 7 hours on LOW. If desired, you can lift out the chicken and reduce the sauce in a separate pan on the stovetop, but this may not be necessary; it simply depends on your preference.

When the chicken is finished, it will literally fall off the bones. You should be able to shred the chicken very easily. Shred and set aside.

Golden Rice


  1. 1 garlic clove, minced
  2. 1/2 tablespoon oil
  3. 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  4. 1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed
  5. 1 cup chicken broth
  6. Salt
  7. Ground pepper

For the chicken, to serve:

  1. 1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced
  2. 1/2 cup torn Thai basil (if you can get it)
  3. 1 cup cilantro leaves
  4. Lemon wedges
  5. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  6. 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce


  1. In a small saucepan, cook the garlic in the oil over moderate heat for 1 minute. Add the turmeric and rice and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice, season with salt and pepper and cover.
  2. In a bowl, toss the shredded chicken with the onion, basil, cilantro and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and transfer to plates. (I am just showing the chicken as is, shredded.)
  3. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and Sriracha. Serve the chicken with the rice, dipping sauce and lemon wedges.

We squeezed the lemon juice and sriracha/soy sauce mixture, with the fresh cilantro over everything and ate the rice mixed with the shredded chicken. It was delicious! Hope you give this recipe a try!

Up close & un-tossed for presentation.


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