Shoyu Chicken

Shoyu Chicken is a classic Hawaii dish that is everyone's local favorite! Chef Keoni Chang shares the secrets to making the simple dish really shine.



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4Poundchicken thighs, bone in, skin on
4Cupchicken broth
1 1⁄2Cupshoyu
1Cuppacked light brown sugar
1eachbulb garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1piece(s)4-inch piece ginger, sliced 1/8 to 1/16 inch thick, long ways
4Tablespooncornstarch dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
 eachgreen onions for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients except cornstarch and green onions in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce to low and cook very slowly, covered, until chicken is tender, about 30 to 35 minutes more. Continue to skim the broth for fat and impurities.
  3. Remove chicken to a serving platter.
  4. Strain the sauce and bring to a boil. Thicken with the cornstarch slurry.
  5. Glaze over the chicken. Garnish with slices of green onion.


The dish tastes better the second day.

Comments (2)

You Shoyu Chicken recipe was very good ! Thank you very much for sharing.

Monica Carter

If you're looking for a fast and easy recipe this is it. Delicious too!

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