Shoyu Chicken

I want to share with you folks a recipe that I absolutely love. Shoyu chicken is one of my favorite homemade dishes. I NEVER order shoyu chicken at a restaurant because I don’t want to risk eating someone else’s shoyu chicken and being turned off by it forever. My grandma makes the best shoyu chicken ever but my husband wanted to make it for me and become my new favorite shoyu chicken. Suffice to say, he was damn close.

What make shoyu chicken so great for diabetics (in my completely biased opinion), there is so little sugar in this recipe. Two teaspoons for a 3-4 pound bag of chicken thighs? That’s not bad right! Plus, it can be paired with just about any veggie side you can think of. I’ve had it with mashed potatoes, while it was weird, it still tasted really good. I hope you all try this recipe out and find it to be just as delicious as I do!

Category: Dinner

Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 2 thighs

Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins


  • 3 – 4 lbs chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 1 c shoyu (soy sauce), we used Aloha Low-Sodium, but use whatever’s available to you
  • 1 c water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Tbsp Chinese black bean


  1. Bring all ingredients (minus chicken) to a boil in a pot on medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken to mixture and bring to a boil again.
  3. Lower heat and simmer 40-45 mins, or until chicken is tender.
  4. Serve on a bed of rice OR quinoa with veggie sides.


My husband tried this recipe before and the first attempt (the original) was not as flavorful as we would have liked it, so this time he experimented with it and added more water, shoyu, and oyster sauce. The original called for a dash of Chinese Five Spice but he decided to replace that with Chinese Black Bean instead. Personally, I liked this recipe better than the original. There was a lot more flavor and it was just all around more delicious. We ate our shoyu chicken with takoan (pickled Japanese radish [daikon]), pickled cucumber, and sea asparagus all with a bit of white rice. When I say it was delicious, I mean it was ‘ONO!!!

Side Note: If you want it to be oyster chicken, same ingredients and instructions, just add more oyster sauce. My sister found that out the hard way.

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