Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken Recipe

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken is an easy chicken dish you’d get at a Hawaiian BBQ restaurant on the island that’s spicy, sweet, salty, and sticky in just 30 minutes!

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken has Japanese roots and we have more classic Japanese recipes on the site if you’d like to round out your meal including Chicken Katsu, Baked Teriyaki Chicken, and Shrimp Tempura.

“Shoyu” is the Japanese version of soy sauce, and our version of this classic dish infuses the soy sauce marinade with a ton of flavor. This recipe calls for an overnight marinade to let the meat really soak up the flavor.

Shoyu chicken is one of those main dishes that gives you delicious leftovers and is perfect for anything from a black tie dinner to a paper plate lunch.


Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken

Yield: 5 servingsPrep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes

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  • 5 chicken thighs, bone-in, and skin on
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl (or large ziplock and let marinate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Bake in a baking pan for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through (to 165 degrees).


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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A food photographer and travel blogger from New York City. Rachel's interest in cooking and travel began during her study abroad program in Italy, where she fell in love with Italian cuisine. She now captures the beauty of food and travels through her photography and blog posts.

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