Last week I shared my favorite vegetable dish in the world. Oven roasted broccoli. I decided today to share the main course that went along with that delicious side. Hayashi Chicken is a recipe that I’ve adapted from my mom, who got it from a neighbor, who got it from someone with the last name Hayashi. The name has stuck as the recipe has been moved around. I love this simple easy dish. It will curb your craving for some Japanese food, and your family will love it too.  

Hayashi Chicken is great to marinade for anywhere from a few minutes to hours. Lets be honest, most the time I skip the marinading and it still turns out great! I like to chop my chicken and serve it over rice but you can easily cook whole chicken breasts to be served on their own. 

Yield: 4 servings

Time:  30-40 minutes


  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1/3 c soy sauce
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/1 tsp ginger powder, or 1/2 T fresh
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder, or 2 cloves fresh
  • 2-3 T rice vinegar
  • 1/2 c water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare chicken. I like to chop mine into large chunks but you can just serve it as  large individual breasts. Combine all ingredients. You can choose to let it marinade or proceed to cooking. If you are doing whole breasts I would let it marinade for a little bit before cooking.  

Bake for about 30 minutes in a dutch oven or covered pan (you’ll have a longer cooking time if doing whole breasts). Prepare rice and sides while chicken cooks. Serve chicken and sauce over warm rice. Enjoy!  

Again try pairing this Hayashi Chicken with the also easy oven roasted broccoli. Since the broccoli cooks at a higher temperature just keep an eye on your chicken. .  

Let me know what you serve your Hayashi Chicken with!  




Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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