How to Make Rainbow Drive-In Shoyu Chicken

Whip up this popular plate lunch dish from the iconic Honolulu drive-in at home.
shoyu chicken
Photo: Courtesy of Rainbow Drive-In


5 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

Shoyu Chicken Sauce:

1 cup Aloha shoyu

¾ cup sugar

2 ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 ½ tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ teaspoon minced garlic

1 oz peeled ginger

Slurry (to thicken):

3 tablespoon flour

3 tablespoon water


1.Mix all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

2.Add the chicken to a large sauté pan over medium heat and pour in the sauce.  Bring to a boil.

3.Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, skimming off any fat that rises.

4.Bring to a boil again and add in the slurry.  Lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes to thicken.

5.Remove from heat and arrange chicken in a deep serving platter and cover with the remaining sauce.


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