If I Shoyu Mine . . . (Shoyu Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs)

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Hawaiian-Style Shoyu Chicken

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Make Shoyu chicken! –  It is a popular dish in Hawaii that originated from Japanese immigrants who brought their traditional cooking techniques and flavors to the islands. The dish is similar to teriyaki chicken, but with a stronger emphasis on soy sauce (shoyu) as the primary flavoring agent. The dish typically consists of chicken pieces marinated in a mixture of shoyu, sugar, garlic, ginger, and other seasonings before being cooked until tender and flavorful. Over time, shoyu chicken has become a beloved comfort food in Hawaii and is often enjoyed at family gatherings, potlucks, and local restaurants.

Shoyu is “Hawaii-style” teriyaki sauce.  It’s a bit sweet and gingery and oh so ONO!
Growing up in Hawaii, you’ve eaten this alot. If you are just visiting – what you waiting for! ‘No kai oi!’

Basic shoyu recipe is soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and green onion.

‘If you stay da kine busy, Bachan’s Japanese BBQ sauce is more betta than other store bought.’

What is Shoyu?

Shoyu is a Japanese term that refers to soy sauce, a popular condiment and seasoning made from fermented soybeans, wheat, water, and salt. Soy sauce is commonly used in Japanese cuisine and is known for its salty, umami flavor.  If you need the dish to be gluten-free, you may swap the Shoyu sauce, for Tamari.


What is Japanese Barbeque Sauce?

Japanese Barbeque Sauce typically consists of soy sauce, mirin (sweet rice wine), sake, sugar, garlic, ginger, and sometimes additional seasonings like sesame oil or chili paste. This sauce is used to marinate meats before grilling or broiling, and often has a sweet and savory flavor profile.  Shoyu chicken is a marinated dish made primarily of soy sauce (shoyu), mirin, sugar, ginger, and garlic.  Make your own or use Japanese Barbeque sauce.


Here is why you will love Shoyu Chicken:

  • This Hawaiian Shoyu chicken recipe is popular and delicious, known for its sweet and savory complex flavors.
  • Who doesn’t love a 3 ingredient appetizer?
  • The marinade for Shoyu chicken typically includes soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and other flavorful ingredients, resulting in a rich and complex taste.
  • The marinated chicken is tender and flavorful
  • This easy Shoyu chicken recipe is simple to make and requires 3 ingredients, making it a great option for a quick and satisfying meal.
  • Inexpensive to make with chicken breasts or chicken thighs –  marinade ahead
  • Shoyu chicken can be cooked in various ways, including grilling, baking, simmering, slow cooker or instant pot – allowing for versatility in preparation methods.
  • Shoyu Kebobs can be served over brown rice and steamed vegetables, creating a well-rounded and nourishing meal that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.  This easy recipe is a keeper!





Start off by cutting your breasts into bit sized pieces.  Place in a airtight container (ziploc) and cover the meat with the barbecue sauce.  You want to marinate it at least 1 hour.  If you have longer, do it and be cool!  While your chicken is getting happy, cut FRESH pineapple into chunks.  The canned shit is too small.

Soak your skewers for about 15 mins before assembling the kabobs.  This is so the bamboo won’t burn.  If you want a little spice to your kabobs, sprinkle a little  cayenne pepper on the pineapple.  Do not rub your eyes…. because you know – cayenne pepper.


Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Grill each side of the kabobs until the chicken is at a temp of 165 degrees and the pineapple has some char on it.

Grilled Shoyu Chicken & Pinapple Kabobs

You will love the fall-apart tender chicken

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I Shoyu Mine If (Shoyu Chicken Pineapple Kabobs)

Hawaii Style teriyaki chicken with fresh pineapple
Prep Time20 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Marinating1 hour
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: fusion, Japanese
Keyword: Boozy Pineapple cake, kabbobs, teriyaki
Yield: 6
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Hoki Akamai Tutu


  • 1 Grill
  • bamboo skewers
  • gallon zip lock bag


  • 3 boneless chicken breasts diced into bit sized pieces (thighs are also a good substitute)
  • 1 cup Bachan's Japanese BBQ sauce
  • 1 Fresh Pineapple chunks in similar size to the chicken


  • Clean and dry chicken breast - thighs also work very well.
  • Cut chicken into to smaller pieces - bite sized
  • place chicken in a gallon sized ziplock, and cover with the Japanese BBQ sauce.
  • Marinate in fridge for a minimum of 30 mins - 1hr. (the longer the more betta it tastes)
  • Soak your bamboo skewers for 15 mins before assembly
  • Skin and core the pineapple and cut into bit sized pieces similar size to the chicken.
  • Assemble your kabobs by alternating pineapple and chicken.
  • Heat grill to medium high and spray kabobs with a light coat of cooking spray.
  • Grill until chicken reaches 165°


Serving: 1oz | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1933mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

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