Shoyu chicken consists of two things: your meat and marinade. The overnight marinating process is key to what makes it “shoyu” chicken to experience its full impact of flavor. Also, it’s best to use chicken thighs since the tender meat absorbs the marinade better turning it into a sweet + salty + tender comfort goodness!
In Hawaii, the term “shoyu” means “soy sauce” which most prefer the Aloha Shoyu or Kikkoman brand (I prefer the latter for bolder flavor). The marinade is a combination of soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and spices to create a savory, ginger sauce – a ‘cultural fusion’ from the ethnic diversity of the islands. Doing it “local style” would be a Hawaiian plate lunch with the mandatory steaming rice and macaroni salad. Trust us, it tastes SO GOOD together.
Hawaiians are very sociable people, which means the frequent family and friends gathering will always include lots of food, laughter, good fun and big portions. So if you’re ever invited to one, make sure you leave your shoes at the door.
A few ways to cook your Hawaiian shoyu chicken:
On the stove top:
Baked in the oven:
Or grilled to perfection:
HOW TO MAKE GRILLED HAWAIIAN SHOYU CHICKEN
Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 5 pounds skinless chicken thighs
- 1 Cup soy sauce
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- 1 Cup water
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 Tbs grated fresh ginger root
- 1 Tbs ground black pepper
- 1 Tbs dried oregano
- 1 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 Tsp ground cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 Tsp ground paprika (optional)
- Whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, garlic, onion, ginger, black pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add the chicken thighs, and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate.
- Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade. Discard the remaining marinade. Grill the chicken thighs on the preheated grill until cooked through, about 15 minutes per side.
- For Stove Top: Bring marinated chicken and marinade to a boil in a large sauce pan, then turn down to simmer. Cook for 30-45 minutes.
- For Baking: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place marinated chicken pieces in a baking dish and pour marinade over. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve with sauce spooned over and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
- For a great Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe go here.
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