Saturday, 28 June 2008

How to Cook Shoyu Chicken - The Hawaiian Treat

Three months ago, my wife and I took a dream vacation to Hawaii. We got to tour most of the islands and saw all sides of Hawaii, from Honolulu and the glitzy beach resorts to little towns well off the main tourist track.

Everywhere we went, we could count on finding a ubiquitous dish called shoyu chicken. From the fancier restaurants the dish was served with exotic garnishes, while at the roadside stand it came straight out of the cooker and served on paper plates, but it was always delicious.

When we got home, I knew my wife had to try cooking some shoyu in our own kitchen.

I later discovered that there are thousands of different recipes for this dish. The differences are mainly in the ingredients for the sauce, but even the chicken itself can be cooked any way you like, from boiling in a pot to baking in the oven to grilling on the barbecue.

No matter the recipe, one ingredient you'll always find is soy sauce. The name shoyu, is for soy sauce. If you want, you can just call this dish soy sauce chicken. But the name for the recipe is “shoyu” in tribute to its native home in Hawaii.

If you would like to cook shoyu chicken, why not go all the way and make it the food centerpiece of a Hawaiian-themed party? Break out the leis, put on some ukulele or Don Ho music, and have some tropical fun.

This shoyu chicken recipe usually serves 12 people. If you want to make it just for your family instead of for a party, cut back the recipe portions accordingly.

12 pounds of chicken thighs
3 cups brown sugar
4 cups soy sauce
4 cans chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
6 cups pineapple juice
1 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Chopped green onion tops
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 cans pineapple rings

1. Wash and drain the chicken thighs.
2. Combine the sauce ingredients (everything listed above except the pineapple rings).
3. Combine the chicken and the sauce in a large pot. Bring to a boil, cooking 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
4. Place chicken thighs on serving platter; decorate with pineapple rings and serve.

Check out this website now and take a look at the list of recipes that are in the book. Surely there's something in there that you or your family would love to cook and enjoy at home--while you save lots of money from eating out!

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