Shoyu Chicken with Pineapple

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Chicken thighs braised in a pineapple soy teriyaki sauce served with coconut Jasmine rice.



Coconut Rice:

  • 3-3 ¼ cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 15-ounce can full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cup Jasmine rice
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

Shoyu Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons mirin (or ¾ cup rice wine vinegar + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced


  1. To make rice, bring chicken broth and coconut milk to a boil in a saucepan. Add rice and simmer 15-20 minutes with the lid on, until the liquid has absorbed and the rice is tender. Season to taste with salt.
  2. To make chicken, heat oil in a large skillet or stock pot to medium-high. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides. Place thighs in hot oil and sear on both sides.
  3. While chicken cooks, prepare the sauce.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, chicken broth, brown sugar, mirin, Worcestershire and crushed pineapple. Stir in garlic and ginger. Pour sauce in pot/skillet with chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low; place cover on pan and cook 25-30 minutes, until chicken is tender and pulls apart easily.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken and place in a bowl. Turn heat up to high and whisk in cornstarch/water mixture. Allow sauce to thicken, then place chicken back in the pot and coat with sauce.
  6. Serve Shoyu chicken with coconut rice and garnish with green onions.


Cooking Tip: If you don't like coconut, replace coconut milk with 1-1 ¼ cup water for the Jasmine rice recipe.