Guava Chicken

Hawaiian Medley VIII: A Cookbook of Favorite Island Recipes

(Kamehameha Schools Band Booster Clubs 2007; Kapālama, Hawai‘i and Maui)

Band Student: Evile Ieriko
KS Campus: Kapālama
Submitted by Lisa Ieriko
Dedicated to Uncle Lambert

5 lbs boneless, chicken thighs
1 can frozen guava nectar, 16 oz. thawed
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. Chinese 5 spice
1/2 c. oyster sauce
1/2 c. catsup
1/2 c. shoyu (soy sauce)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. minced garlic

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except for the chicken.  Mix well, then add the chicken.  Marinate overnight.  Cook on charcoal grill.

About the fruit:

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The guava fruit or “kuawa” in Hawaiian is psidium guajava, a low tree, native to tropical America, and naturalized in Hawai‘i.  It bears lemon-sized fruits which are commonly made into jelly, jam, juice, and sherbert.  Medicinal tea was made from the leaf buds with a pungent effect. [1] 

1.  Pukui, Mary Kawena and Samuel Elbert.  Hawaiian Dictionary.  Honolulu.  1986.