In Season: Shoyu Chicken and Bok Choy


by Courtney from Fork to Belly

Hello! Courtney from Fork to Belly here, sharing with you one of my favorite recipes from my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii: Shoyu Chicken and Bok Choy! I love this dish to bits. It’s simple and prep is quick and easy. It all comes together in a slow cooker, which means you can throw everything together in the morning and come home to a hot and delicious meal waiting for you. What’s not to love? I hope you’ll enjoy this wonderful dish.


Shoyu Chicken and Bok Choy

Serves 4-5

1 package boneless, skinless chicken thighs

4-5 baby bok choy

2 cups soy sauce

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp white vinegar

1/2 cup green onion, chopped

2 tbsp ginger, chopped

1/2 tsp black pepper


For the chicken:

Add soy sauce, brown sugar, water, vinegar, ginger, onion, and pepper to a slow cooker. Thoroughly stir, then add the chicken thighs, ensuring they are completely submerged. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, then continue to cook on low for another 6-7 hours. (Alternatively, you can remove the chicken and transfer the sauce to a pan. Cook the sauce on medium-high heat until it reduces and thickens up.)


For the bok choy:

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Chop off the bottom of each bok choy and submerge the leaves in the boiling water. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from the pot immediately and transfer to a bowl filled with ice water to stop the bok choy from cooking. After a few minutes, strain then let dry before serving.


Serve with a big scoop of rice and dig in!

Thank you, Courtney! How wonderful to come home to a finished, hearty meal. I’m inspired to pull out my slow cooker. Thank you also to Sarah Ann Noel for her help coordinating this series!

Courtney Chun was born and raised in Hawaii and now resides in Los Angeles. Growing up, she loved eating, but she never was interested in cooking. In college, her diet consisted of Special K and Quiznos. It was her boyfriend, Roy, who inspired her to get in the kitchen by making dinners while she played sous chef. After college, Courtney discovered the world of food blogging, and Fork to Belly was born! Now she documents her meals while also reflecting on memories, day-to-day life, and whatever Taylor Swift song she’s currently obsessing over. Follow her [gorgeous feed] on Instagram at @forktobelly.

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