One such place was Ono Hawaiian BBQ. Their food was so good, but so good, that we went back constantly.
I only wish there was an Ono's in Texas, but alas, there isn't.
So with that in mind, I went on the look for copycat recipes that could recreate this wonderful food, and found one for our favorite chicken, so I thought I would share it with you. If you have an Ono's nearby, I highly recommend checking it out.
By the way, the proper way to make this chicken is by grilling it, but I adapted the recipe to use my cast iron skillet instead.
Ono's Hawaiian Grilled Chicken
Adapted from: Best Recipes Ever
Boneless skinless Chicken Thighs (thin, if needed use a mallet to flatten the chicken)
1 C. packed light brown sugar
1 C. soy sauce
4-5 cloves of garlic chopped
1 1/2 T. fresh ginger root chopped
1/4-1/2 large onion sliced
For the prepared chicken:
1 stick of butter
In a bowl, mix the brown sugar and soy sauce together. Add in the garlic, ginger and onion. Pour the mixture into a ziploc bag, add the chicken thighs, make sure the bag is closed tightly and then give it all a good shake. Let it marinade for a few hours, or even overnight.
Heat up a cast iron skillet with a little bit of butter, add the chicken thighs and cook until brown and cooked through.
In the meantime, place a 13x9 inch casserole dish in the oven, at about 250 degrees F. Add a stick of butter and let it melt.
As the chicken gets done, transfer to the casserole dish and keep it in the oven where it will be swimming in all that buttery goodness.
Once all the chicken is done, cut up some green onions and add to the chicken.