Hawaii

Shoyu Chicken

September 8, 2016

Influenced by Asian cuisine, this Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken requires only half an hour to make and is full of flavor. Chicken is simmered in a soy based sauce and served with white rice topped with green onions. So good!

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken is an Asian inspired dish where poultry is simmered in a fantastic soy based sauce. This one is really easy and quick to make. Perfect weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

There is something special about the Hawaiian cuisine that keeps me coming back for more. I know that I am not alone in my feelings, because both recipes from this beautiful island that I posted on this blog are crazy successful. Loco Moco and Lomi Lomi Salmon may sound funny, but it doesn’t take from their taste! I can’t tell why you guys love the Hawaiian food so much, but I know my reason. It’s that mash-up of Asian and Western cultures that’s so intriguing to me. Dishes here are unique!

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken is an Asian inspired dish where poultry is simmered in a fantastic soy based sauce. This one is really easy and quick to make. Perfect weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

Let’s hope that you will love today’s recipe as much as I do. Shoyu Chicken, ladies and gentlemen! Sounds Asian, right? Once again, not surprisingly at all, we can observe the Asian influence in Hawaiian cuisine. Shoyu is simply a Japanese word for soy sauce. That’s right, this fancy name hides a simple but amazingly delicious soy sauce chicken accompanied by other Asian staples such as ginger, five spice powder, and other.

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken is an Asian inspired dish where poultry is simmered in a fantastic soy based sauce. This one is really easy and quick to make. Perfect weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

Shoyu Chicken is one of the most popular Hawaiian lunch dishes. I can understand why. The sauce, in which the chicken is simmered and which is used to pour over the top when serving, is out of this world good. Soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, garlic, five spice powder, dry sherry, green onions… Just imagine all these flavors mixed together. Perfection!

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken is an Asian inspired dish where poultry is simmered in a fantastic soy based sauce. This one is really easy and quick to make. Perfect weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

This Hawaiian chicken is usually served with white rice and some stir fried veggies or a salad. That soy based sauce, I am praising so much, is also amazing with rice. The pleasure of sopping it up with a pile of rice is hard to define. You have to try it by yourself to understand!

Thumbs up to Hawaiians for another wonderful dish. This one surely goes to my list of favorite chicken dishes ever. Shoyu Chicken is also so easy and quick to make. It’s almost a one-pot meal. There are no excuses for you not to try it! Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken is an Asian inspired dish where poultry is simmered in a fantastic soy based sauce. This one is really easy and quick to make. Perfect weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

5 from 7 votes
Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken is an Asian inspired dish where poultry is simmered in a fantastic soy based sauce. This one is really easy and quick to make. Perfect weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Shoyu Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Simmered in a flavorful soy based sauce, this Hawaiian chicken is comforting and crazy delicious. Easy and quick to make!

Cuisine: Hawaiian
Servings: 4 people
Calories Per Serving: 605 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 lb (1,1kg) chicken thighs
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger , finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 4 green onions , chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • salt and wine vinegar , to taste
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, five spice powder, ginger, sherry, and green onions to a large pot and fill it with water just to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, until the meat is tender. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate.
  2. Now prepare the sauce. Leave about 2 cups of the cooking liquid, discarding the rest. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and stir until smooth. Add this mixture to the cooking liquid. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sauce has thickened. Taste and add salt and vinegar, if needed.
  3. Pour the sauce over the chicken pieces and sprinkle with some green onion. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage by Rachel Laudan

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply David September 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I also love Hawaiian cuisine. this sounds good to combine with rice. imagine having this for dinner and then drink a cup of tea, with the great weather of Hawaii, nothing better. thanks for a nice recipe.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Nothing better than that, David! Can’t argue with you 🙂

  • Reply Pat C.Wilson September 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Igor, this is the first time I stop by your blog, and I was impressed by this recipe. I always look for a recipe that we don’t have to grill and to fry chicken, then here it is. my family eats bread and spaghetti for a week and now we need some rice. many thanks to you for sharing this.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Thanks for the comment, Pat!

  • Reply Heather @Boston Girl Bakes September 19, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Ooh I’m excited to try this! I’ve never tried cooking Hawaiian dishes before but always have chicken thighs in the freezers- so this will be fun to try!

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Heather, you definitely should look into Hawaiian cuisine. There are so many awesome dishes there it’s crazy!

  • Reply Platter Talk September 20, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Nice photos and recipe. Looking forward to trying. Thanks.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Let me know if you try it! 🙂

  • Reply Kate September 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    This looks great. I love using five-spice 🙂

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Me too, Kate!

  • Reply Jen | Baked by an Introvert September 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    This sounds amazing. I’m not sure if I have ever had anything like it but I’m dying to give it a try!

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:09 am

      I am sure you will love it, Jen!

  • Reply Aish Padihari September 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Never heard of Shoyu chicken before. Would love to try it.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:10 am

      Only 5 minutes of prep time and it’s on your dinner table, Aish 🙂

  • Reply Sabrina Zaragoza October 9, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Love Asian food. Nice design, nutritious and healthy. I bet that this recipe is delicious, too, Igor. Seem not hard to cook, will try. Thanks for sharing, Igor.

    • Reply Igor November 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      It’s really delicious and not complicated to make at all 🙂

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