Shoyu Chicken


Shoyu chicken is a popular Hawaiian dish often served with rice. The word shoyu is Japanese for soy sauce. Let the chicken soak in the marinade for at least an hour; the longer the better.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika (Optional)

  • 5 pounds skinless chicken thighs


  1. Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, onion, garlic, ginger, black pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add chicken thighs and toss to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap; marinate chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium heat. Lightly oil the grate.

  3. Remove chicken thighs from marinade; discard remaining marinade.

  4. Grill chicken thighs on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
13g Fat
22g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 1304mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 346mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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