In Hawaii we call Soy Sauce “Shoyu”. It’s the Japanese name for this dark salty sauce made from mashed soy beans.
We use Shoyu in many things, from dips to main dishes, Shoyu is a staple in almost every kitchen in Hawaii and is a condiment at most restaurants. One of the most popular dish made with this ingredient is Shoyu Chicken. It’s served at most local drive-ins and definitely in just about every local home.
I think of Shoyu Chicken as one of my favorite childhood comfort foods. I remember waiting for the days it was on the lunch menu at school.
This sweet salty chicken dish served over hot steamed white rice is delicious, or as we say in Hawaii “Ono”!
It’s really easy to make and requires ingredients you’ll find in an Asian Market, or if you live in Hawaii in any grocery store. I usually make up a large batch so that we can have left overs. This is one of those dishes that is just as good or even better the next day!
Best of all it doesn’t take all day to make and can be made in one pan! No fuss, no bother, just pure yummy! Here’s the recipe.
6- 8 Chicken Thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
1 Tbs. Oil
3/4 Cup Soy Sauce or Shoyu as we call it
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
6 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tbs. Fresh Ginger, peeled and slivered
1/4 Cup Green Onions, chopped
1 Tbs. White Sesame Seeds
Heat oil in a deep skillet or pot.
Add Chicken, skin side down and fry until it turns golden brown. Flip over and fry the other side too.
In a bowl combine soy sauce, sugar, water, and rice vinegar. Pour over the chicken.
Add in garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil.
Turn down heat and cover. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
Flip chicken over and simmer covered another 15 minutes.
Remove lid and turn up the heat to reduce the sauce until it thickens to the consistency of honey.
Move to serving dish if desired and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.
Serve with lots of steamed white rice.