Shredded chicken with celery

Shredded chicken with celery and basil

Shredded chicken with celery and basil is a Thai recipe I came up with after being unable to find ground chicken at the grocery store. My original plan was to make the classic Thai ground chicken basil dish that’s so loved by everyone, but with more veggies. Not letting myself be deterred by one missing ingredient, I picked up chicken breasts and decided to boil and shred them. ‘It’s not gonna be exactly like ground chicken but close enough’ I told myself. I chose celery as the main vegetable because of its ability to pickled and take on another flavor so quickly.

I’ve also added lots of ginger strips and fresh basil for a healthy and low fat meal. Add a squeeze of lime to bring all these gorgeous flavors together and serve it with freshly made steamy rice, and sri racha sauce. 

raw organic chicken

Preparing the raw chicken breast to be boiled and then shredded.

chicken slices in boiling water.

Bring water to boil and add chicken. Turn the heat off and let sit for 10 minutes

sliced celery pan frying with garlic and ginger

Fry celery with ginger and garlic for a few minutes before adding shredded chicken.


Shredded chicken with basil and celery

Thai basil and chicken with fish sauce and celery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Thai, Poultry


  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 Thai chilies (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup ginger (peeled and julienned)
  • 3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup fresh basil (roughly chopped)
  • 4 stalks celery (chopped on the bias)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • lime wedges (for serving)


  1. Fill a medium size pot of water halfway and bring to boil.
  2. Cut the chicken in half horizontally and then quartered. In deep skillet over med/high heat, add oil, ginger, garlic, chilies, and onions. Cook for 5 minutes until onions are soft. Add celery and cook another 5-7 minutes, until slightly caramelized. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  3. When the water is boiling, turn it off and add the chicken piece, making sure they’re all submerged. Cover and leave for 10 minutes.
  4. Take chicken out of the water and let cool to room temperature (I put the chicken on a plate and leave it in the freezer for 5 minutes, this cools it down quickly). With your hands shred the chicken and add to the pan on top of the celery. Turn on the heat to medium, stir a few times, add the fish sauce, soy and sugar, and basil. Cook for a minute, or until the chicken is hot. Serve with lime wedges and rice.


  • Calories: 217
  • Saturated Fat: 1
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