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Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken

This easy Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken recipe features soy sauce, ginger and garlic for chicken that is juicy, sweet and salty. Pair with white rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.

This easy Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken recipe features soy sauce, ginger and garlic for chicken that is juicy, sweet and salty. Pair with white rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.

This easy Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken recipe features soy sauce, ginger and garlic for chicken that is juicy, sweet and salty. Pair with white rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.

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Okay, now tell me about the Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken!

I know, I know! On to the recipe and the sweet and salty and tender deliciousness that is this shoyu chicken.

What does shoyu mean? I’m glad you asked. Shoyu is a Japanese word for soy sauce that was borrowed by the Hawaiians and that soy sauce adds saltiness and umami to the chicken in this dish.

This easy Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken recipe features soy sauce, ginger and garlic for chicken that is juicy, sweet and salty. Pair with white rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.

What to serve with Shoyu Chicken?

I wanted to come up with a recipe that would pair perfectly with some delicious sweet Iced Tea, and Hawaiian food sounded too good to be true.

The Shoyu marinade pairs wonderfully with white rice as it sops up that great flavor. If you need help making perfect rice the easy way, try this method.

It also goes well with Hawaiian Mac Salad.

The husband is something of a macaroni-salad aficionado, so I’ve been looking for a chance to perfect my Hawaiian Mac Salad recipe, too (oh, I totally rocked it by the way – recipe is right here!).

This easy Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken recipe features soy sauce, ginger and garlic for chicken that is juicy, sweet and salty. Pair with white rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.

I think the thing I love most about this chicken shoyu recipe is how easy it is to remember. No kidding, every ingredient called for is just 1 of something.

One pound each of boneless chicken thighs and breasts, 1 cup soy sauce, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, etc. Plus, it cooks for just 1 hour. SO easy to memorize!

This easy Shoyu Chicken Hawaii recipe features soy sauce, ginger and garlic for chicken that is juicy, sweet and salty. Pair with white rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.

All of the ingredients are super standard freezer/pantry staples,  so you can make this without having to make an extra trip to the grocery store.

This easy Shoyu Chicken Hawaiian recipe features soy sauce, ginger and garlic for chicken that is juicy, sweet and salty. Pair with white rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.

It’s best if you marinate it overnight, but if just can’t make that happen you can still make it without marinating.

Oh, and people swear it takes better as leftovers the second day, so don’t worry about making too much!

Here’s the Recipe!

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken Recipe

This easy Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken recipe features soy sauce, ginger and garlic for chicken that is juicy, sweet and salty. Pair with white rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.
4.3 from 14 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 6
Calories: 405kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger - chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • Dash red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least six hours.
  • Transfer Dutch oven to the stove top and bring contents to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low, cover, and let simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove chicken from pot and place on a cutting board.
  • Strain the ginger and garlic out of the pot, then bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat and cook until reduced by half. Turn off heat and let cool fifteen minutes.
  • Meanwhile, use two forks to shred chicken into bite-sized pieces. Return chicken to the pot and toss with sauce. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
405
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
156
mg
52
%
Sodium
 
2554
mg
111
%
Carbohydrates
 
37
g
12
%
Sugar
 
34
g
38
%
Protein
 
45
g
90
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Holy cow. 25 grams of sugar a day is the recommended allotment for women. This is 34 gramsโ€ฆ in just one meal. Is there any way to cut the sugar while still keeping the flavor? Iโ€m wondering if you do 1/2 cup of everything, but cook it in the slow cooker to let it marinate more, would that work?

    1. Hi Erin,

      I think you can cut the sugar and soy sauce in half and then add another 1/2 cup of water and it should still taste good, but be a little less sweet and salty. I would leave the other ingredients the same.

      – Linda

  2. I can’t wait to try the dish. I’m quite intrigued by adding worcestershire sauce with the soy sauce, sugar and ginger. I can imagine the soy sauce and sugar tasting close to teriyaki but adding the worcestershire sauce is what’s making me so eager to make the dish.

  3. Your recipe rocked! Thank you! This plus the mac salad complement each other wonderfully. That and I think your absolutely gorgeous Anetta. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I’ve got some brown sugar still in my pantry from your Thai Curry Meatball recipe last week (super easy and huge hit with the boyfreind) Could I use that for the sugar component in this recipe too?

    1. I’m so glad you liked the meatballs! I’ve never tried making this chicken with brown sugar. You might try using half brown sugar and half white sugar and seeing how it tastes!

    1. Do you have a big pasta pot with a lid? Since you’re cooking it on the stove it doesn’t have to be oven-proof. Just need a good pot with a lid ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. You can do this in the slow cooker too.. I just throw in frozen chicken and let it hang out on low all day (8 hours). Also – you can do 1 cup of wine ;)! And personally, I throw in 1-2 star anise.

  5. Both recipes = winners! The chicken was seriously FUN to make (served it on tri color quinoa) and the vinegar tip for the mac salad I had never heard. And it was fun too! Thanks so much!!! Course now I just saw Red Pepper Feta dip….gonna need to make that soon too! Love the flavors in your recipes!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Denise! I’m going to make the Shoyu Chicken for my sister’s baby shower coming up in a few weeks. Thought I’d go for a fun tropical vibe this time around ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I just put this all together and can’t wait to make it tonight! Making the Mac salad too, woo hoo!!!!

  7. What a great meal!! Our family doesn’t really like chicken thighs so could I just double up the chicken breasts? Great recipe!!

  8. Sweet and salty is always the way to go with dinner.. love this meal girl! Great recipe! Pinned