Easy Shoyu Chicken | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy Shoyu Chicken

Up until a few months ago, I had never even heard of Shoyu Chicken...what a shame, because this chicken dish is not only super easy to make, it is also become one of my "go to" chicken recipes. Shoyu means "soy" in Japanese and this dish is native to Hawaii. I've never been to Hawaii, so I cannot tell you how it compares to Shoyu Chicken served there, but I can tell you, it is utterly delicious. Tender boneless, skinless chicken thighs cook right in the flavorful sauce for an easy weeknight meal you can have on the table in no time.

Easy Shoyu Chicken:  Great weeknight meal!

I've made this dish several times, with several different recipes, but decided the recipe from The Tall Girl Cooks is my favorite way of preparing it because it is truly a no fuss recipe.  The first time I made it I used my friend Penny's recipe, and although it is every bit as good as the recipe from The Tall Girl Cooks, it involves a little more work because it calls for the chicken to marinade prior to cooking and then grilling it.

To give this recipe a little zing, like Penny does in hers,  I mixed in a 1/2 teaspoon (or more or less to your taste) of Sambal Oelek (hot chili paste).  Sriracha would work too if you don't have the paste or leave it out all together for no heat.  It's up to you.  

I love it served over rice so the rice soaks up the yummy sauce and my Pickled Cucumber Salad or my Easy Asian Spicy Cucumber Salad make an awesome, quick side dish that pairs beautifully with it as well.

Easy Shoyu Chicken:  One skillet meal with an Asian flavored sauce!

You'll want to put this recipe on the list soon!  If you are a fan of Asian flavors and easy recipes, this is a must try!  

Easy Shoyu Chicken

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Adapted from The Tall Girl Cooks and Baking Nana
Easy Shoyu Chicken
Easy, one skillet meal, using economical boneless, skinless chicken thighs that are bathed in a delicious Asian flavored sauce.


  • 8 (approx. 2 lbs.)  well-trimmed, boneless, skinless chicken thighs (remove any visible fat)
  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger (or more to your liking)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. sambal oelek-chili paste (or more or less to your liking)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 TBS. cornstarch, dissolved in 1-2 TBS cold water
  • sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, for garnish, if desired


  1. In small bowl, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, ginger, garlic, sambal oelek and black pepper.
  2. Pour mixture into large skillet and turn heat to med-high. Add in the chicken thighs and turn to coat in sauce. Allow mixture to come to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and loosely cover.
  3. Cook chicken for about 30 minutes or until chicken is done. (internal temperature of 165 degrees F)
  4. Remove chicken to platter, and whisk in the cornstarch/water mixture. Continue to cook until the sauce is thickened. Return chicken to sauce and turn off heat. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 35 mins.
Total time: 45 mins.
Tags: chicken, chicken thighs, easy recipe, soy, Asian

Servings - 4   Serving Size - 2 chicken thighs and 1/4 of the sauce in the recipe   
Points Plus per Serving - 9 Points+
Calories - 312.1,   Total Fat - 5.4g,   Carb. - 43.9g,   Protein - 31.2g,   Fiber - 0.6g

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  1. What a perfect chicken dish. I love the sauce, I bet it just goes perfect with the rice.

  2. What a delicious meal. I love making these dishes at home. Catherine

  3. This looks delicious. I have never heard of shoyu chicken either, but now I am going to have to try it!

    1. I had never heard of it before I started making it, but it has fast become a favorite!

  4. I know I would love this chicken!! What a delicious recipe, Renee!

  5. I've never heard of this dish either, until now, but it sure sounds like one I'd love! It's quick, easy, and chicken thighs! Definitely a winner in my book! thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh Renee, I have made Penny's recipe too :) It is so good. I'm now going to have to try your version. I'm thinking our refrigerators must look a lot a like. Curious if your hubby complains like mine that I have so many condiments etc in the doors? ;)

  7. I love chicken dishes like this. I especially like to use thighs as well because they are so much more flavorful (I can't remember the last time I cooked with breast meat lol). Great recipe Renee - this looks so delicious!

  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful dish. We are always looking for more chicken recipes and this one is going to the top of our list!

  9. Made this for dinner tonight! Delicious and very easy to prepare!!! Will definitely be making this again!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for your awesome review! So glad to hear you enjoyed this dish!

  10. Made this tonight. Growing up in Hawaii, Shoyu Chicken has always been a favorite! I skipped the Sambal, used a little Sriracha instead and added a tablespoon of Chinese 5-spice to the sauce! THAT is what makes it, in my opinion. Also added a thinly sliced onion and sliced mushrooms. So delish!!! Perfect with white rice!

    1. Hello! Thanks so much for your review! I love the idea of chinese 5 spice in this recipe. Also love the addition of onion and mushrooms. YUM!!


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