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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken

Here’s another recipe from my friend, Luana. If you haven’t read my interview of her about growing up in Hawaii, check out my blog from November 3, 7 and 10, 2011.

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken


½ cup sugar
½ cup shoyu
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ tsp powdered ginger
¼ tsp black pepper
Optional—sesame seeds

Mix 1 T cornstarch into 1 T cold water (mix very well!) Then add it to the marinade.

Mix the above well, and pour over 2 lbs chicken thighs. Let it marinate over night.

Bake in a 9 X 13 baking dish uncovered at 325 degrees for 1 ½ hours.

Serve over rice.
Shoyu Chicken Over Rice with
Cabbage, Garbanzo Bean & Tomato Tamarind Salad

I LOVED baking this chicken—just like I remembered from Hawaii! I used chicken breast because I prefer the breast to the dark meat of the thighs. If you make some slits into the meat, the shoyu marinade will get into the breast meat since it is naturally drier than the moister thigh meat.

While the chicken marinated I turned the sealed container over several times throughout the process to allow the marinade to really cover the chicken. I also added the sesame seeds to the marinade.

If you have trouble finding shoyu, try an Asian market and look for Aloha Shoyu which is made in Hawaii—since 1946.

I made a cabbage salad to go with it and my family loved it! I think I need to make this again soon—yum!

Mahalo for visiting!



  1. This makes the cinnamon toast I'm eating for breakfast seem lame. LOL

    Thank you for the blog award! I'll share about it on my new site next week. :)

  2. Yum! This sounds good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. It sounds delicious! Serve in grass skirt with sunshine, right? :)

  4. You're so funny, Jessica! This recipe is so simple and sooooooo good! Let me know if you try it. You're welcome re: the blog award--you deserve it! Aloha --Cheryl

  5. Thanks, Loree! Hope you get a chance to try the recipe--it's easy and delicioso!! Aloha --Cheryl

  6. Absolutely, Rhonda! I'd love to see your boys faces if you came to the dinner table, carrying a platter of rice and shoyu chicken, dressed in a grass skirt! Send me the photo!! : ) Aloha --Cheryl


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