Please don’t get intimidated! Shoyu is just the Japanese word for SOY SAUCE. Shoyu Chicken is a Hawaiian staple. It is served many places in a styrofoam container as a plate lunch along with heaping sides of rice and macaroni salad. I know, lots of starch, right? Reminds me of how my tray would look as a little girl picking out my own food at Furr’s Cafeteria or Luby’s. There was never anything green on my plate, only yellows and whites. Oh, and of course the ever present red or orange jello waiting so patiently at the end of the line by the cashier!!! …sorry, I’m a little off subject, the jello recipes will have to wait for another day.
I found many versions of the Shoya Chicken recipe just in the ohana cookbook. The one I will be sharing with you today is what I believe is a basic version.
It’s SUPER SIMPLE and ONO! (Pidgin word meaning delicious.)
Ingredients you will need:
1 CUP SHOYU (SOY SAUCE)
1 CUP BROWN SUGAR
1 CUP WATER
2 T CHOPPED GARLIC
2 T HONEY
2 t GRATED GINGER
2 T CHOPPED GREEN ONION
6-8 SKINNED BONELESS CHICKEN THIGHS
2 T CORNSTARCH
COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS (EXCEPT CORNSTARCH) IN A SLOW COOKER AND COOK ON LOW FOR 8 HOURS OR UNTIL TENDER. If your slow cooker is not full, it may not take a full 8 hours.
30 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING, COMBINE 2 TABLESPOONS CORNSTARCH WITH ¼ CUP OF WATER, MIX WELL WITH A FORK OR WHISK OR SHAKER AND ADD TO THE CROCKPOT TO THICKEN THE SAUCE.
SERVE WITH STEAMED WHITE RICE – I use jasmine or sushi rice.
Suggestions: While researching this recipe and finding so many different versions, it made me think of a nice steaming bowl of chili and how everyone has their own way of making it on the mainland. (The Shoyu Chicken does not taste anything like chili!!!) I wondered… Is Shoyu Chicken the chili of Hawaii? And if it’s not, what is? I would love to know!
Here are some of the additions to the recipe that I found during my research. After trying the Shoyu Chicken as is the first time, you may want to add or substitute any of the following to make your own variety the next time you make it:
White sugar instead of brown sugar
Blackstrap molasses instead of honey
Chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs
Or a cut up chicken fryer
Rice wine vinegar
Toasted Sesame Seeds – I did add these this time as you can tell by the photo.
**Try marinating the chicken in the mix, then grilling it. With the amount of sugar involved, it should carmelize nicely and be “ono-licious!”
Aloha and mahalo (thank you) for stopping by!
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