Chicken thighs marinated in a savory blend of shoyu, sugar, and ginger, baked to juicy perfection. So delicious. Add this to your dinner rotation and you’ll be sure to please.
Stop by any plate lunch place in Hawai’i and chances are shoyu chicken will be on the menu. And there’s a good reason why. . .it’s DELICIOUS. Kid friendly, sweet and salty, juicy goodness.
My mom makes the best shoyu chicken around and she was gracious enough to share her secret. She MARINATES and then BAKES the chicken. You can bet that her tray of shoyu chicken will be the first to run out at any family party.
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What is shoyu?
Shoyu is a Japanese style soy sauce that’s made with soy and wheat. It’s saltiness is less potent than the Chinese style soy sauce that is made with just soy. Shoyu is a staple condiment in Hawai’i and always in stock in my cabinet.
Is there gluten free shoyu?
If we are being specific to the name shoyu, then this is not gluten free, however there is gluten free soy sauce or you can use a product called Tamari that is made with soybeans and is considered the gluten free alternative to shoyu. Be sure to check the labels.
Where can I find shoyu?
Shoyu can be found in the Asian aisle of your local grocery store. If you can’t find it in your local grocery store you can purchase shoyu on Amazon.
What’s the best shoyu?
I personally enjoy Aloha Shoyu (not sponsored), the low sodium option. You can use any brand that you prefer.
What type of chicken do you use to make shoyu chicken?
I prefer boneless skinless thighs, however you can use bone in and skin on thighs as well as breasts. I find that the thighs are more tender and flavorful and making them boneless skinless is an easier way to eat and a healthier option than bone in skin on thighs.
How do you cook shoyu chicken?
- Baked, my favorite
- On the stove
- In the Crock Pot
- In the Instant Pot
Do I have to marinate shoyu chicken?
No, but I highly recommend that you marinate for at least 24-48 hour. I marinate for 48 hours. This allows the shoyu flavor to soak into the chicken and makes for a much better meal.
How to store shoyu chicken?
Place cooked chicken in an airtight container. This will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Can you freeze shoyu chicken?
You sure can. You can freeze the chicken directly in the marinade in a zip top bag or prior to cooking or in a plastic zip top bag. Stasher bags are a great plastic free option, however these can be a bit pricey. When ready to eat you can defrost the chicken in the refrigerator the night before or in the microwave prior to eating.
What goes well with shoyu chicken?
- Sticky white rice
- Tossed green salad
- Macaroni salad
How to make shoyu chicken?
In a large bowl, mix shoyu, sugar, and ginger. Place chicken in the liquid mixture and marinate in the fridge for 24-48 hours. Preheat oven to 350F. Place chicken and shoyu mixture in a 9×13 pan, cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour. Flip the chicken after 30 minutes of cooking. Enjoy!
- In a large bowl, mix shoyu, sugar, and ginger.
- Place chicken in the liquid mixture and marinate in the fridge for 24-48 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place chicken and shoyu mixture in a 9×13 pan, cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour. Flip the chicken after 30 minutes of cooking.
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