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Shoyu chicken thigh being pulled apart with a fork
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Shoyu Chicken

Shoyu chicken is a popular Hawaiian dish made with chicken thighs simmered to perfection in a sweet and savory shoyu sauce and served with rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Shoyu Chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Erica Walker



  • Combine soy sauce, sugar, water, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a high-sided saute pan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • As soon as sugar is dissolved, place chicken in the pan. The chicken can be touching but don't over-crowd the pan.
  • Heat until the sauce comes to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer uncovered for 35-40 minutes, turning the chicken over half-way through. The sauce should thicken and reduce as it is cooking.
  • Remove from heat. Allow chicken to rest 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve with remaining sauce (sauce will thicken more upon cooling).


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1708mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg