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How To Make Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken: 3 Ways To Get It Right

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How To Make Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken: 3 Ways To Get It Right
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Are you craving an exotic yet easy homemade dinner? Then Hawaiian shoyu chicken is the answer. This tropical-flavored chicken is full of umami and sweetness, perfect for serving with rice, noodles or even tucking into lettuce cups.

Interested in the recipe? Join Fine Dining Lovers as we take a look at three epic recipes for Hawaiian shoyu chicken, each with its own advantages. 

What is Shoyu Chicken?

Hawaiian shoyu chicken is a dish featuring chicken thighs braised in a broth flavored with soy sauce, sugar, ginger and garlic. The name of this dish is derived from shoyu, the Japanese word for soy sauce.

Shoyu chicken is usually served with white rice and a side of macaroni salad. The braising liquid may be enhanced with the addition of scallions and chicken broth.


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Shoyu Chicken: The Ingredients

Hawaiian shoyu chicken is a dish that is perfect for beginners because it is very easy to make. It's a one-pot dish that is brought to a boil then cooked at a simmer until the chicken is fork tender (about 35 to 40 minutes).

Here are the ingredients you'll need:

  • chicken thighs
  • soy sauce
  • brown sugar (may also use white sugar)
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • chicken broth or water, optional
  • scallions for garnish

Easy Shoyu Chicken Recipe: Video Tutorial

Chef Keoni Chang shares his delicious step-by-step recipe for shoyu chicken using chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger:

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken in the Instant Pot

A classic Hawaiian shoyu chicken takes around 45 minutes to cook. If you are looking for a shorter cooking time then this Instant Pot recipe from What Cooking America is ideal (after clicking on the link, scroll to the bottom of the page).

Grilled Shoyu Chicken

This shoyu chicken recipe calls for soaking the meat in a fragrant marinade for at least an hour before grilling. The chicken should be grilled on medium heat for 15 minutes on each side.

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