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Chicken Chashu

This chicken chashu is perfectly savory and sweet! Rolled chicken thighs are braised in a flavorful broth until tender and juicy. This restaurant-quality dish is simple to make and exploding with delicious flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: asian-inspired, chicken brine, restaurant-style
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 512kcal
Author: Cheryl Malik


  • Cooking twine
  • Large skillet
  • Large pot


  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup mirin
  • ½ cup sake or dry white wine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2-inch knob ginger optional
  • 1 shallot peeled and sliced in half


  • Roll the chicken thighs with the skin-side facing out into tight rolls, then tie with cooking twine.
  • Add chicken thighs to a large skillet over medium heat and lightly brown for about 2-3 minutes per side.
    chicken chashu process photo 2
  • Add the water, soy sauce, mirin, sake or white wine, sugar, ginger, and shallot to a large pot over medium-high heat. Gently boil until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add chicken thighs into the pot, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes. Allow chicken to cool slightly in the cooking liquid before serving.


  • Make it Paleo: Use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and coconut sugar in place of the regular sugar to make this recipe paleo.
  • Make it Sugar-Free: Use granular Swerve or your favorite sugar-free substitute in place of the sugar in this recipe.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving out of 4 using specific ingredients listed above. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 3786mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 54g