Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken is a five star recipe!  The marinade is quick and easy and full of such amazing flavor!  You will make this again and again!


 This Huli Huli Chicken has been on my list of things to make for years now.  I am kicking myself for not making it until now.

We loved it so much we grilled it three nights in a row.

We have this amazing Hawaiian restaurant close by and it is called Mo’ Bettah’s.  It is one of our favorite places to go.  When my hubby took his first bite of this chicken he said it tastes exactly like our favorite restaurant.  It is honestly one of the best things that we have grilled to date.  The marinade is quick and easy with a few ingredients and the flavor will blow your mind.


I marinaded the chicken overnight so that it could soak up all that delicious flavor.  You reserve some of the sauce to baste the chicken with while it grills.  The sauce it thick and delicious and coats the chicken perfectly as it grills.


We love to grill at our house and this recipe needs to be at the top of your list!  It was incredible grilled with our favorite grilled pineapple recipe.  This recipe is easily a five star recipe that you will make again and again.  We already can’t wait to make it again!

4.5 from 10 reviews
Grilled Huli Huli Chicken
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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken is a five star recipe! The marinade is quick and easy and full of such amazing flavor! You will make this again and again!
Serves: 10-12
  • 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken breasts also work
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • green onions, sliced for garnish
  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, chicken broth, ginger and garlic. Reserve 1 cup sauce for basting. Add the chicken thighs and sauce to a ziplock bag and marinate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes. Garnish with green onions if desired
Recipe Adapted from Taste of Home



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  1. Shawnna says:

    Hey girl this looks so yummy!

  2. Would bone in chicken breast work? I tend to dry out boneless breast. Thank you!

  3. This was really good! Prep time was minimal. Recipe adjusted nicely for less than 4 pounds of chicken. Will make again!

  4. As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew this is what I wanted to try for Mother’s Day. I knew my sister-in-law and I would love it, and, well, if our hubbies and my grown son and nephew didn’t, oh well! After all. It was for MOTHER’s Day! Well…… this is my new most favourite way to have chicken, and everyone was SOOO in love with it that my hubby declared that it was to be made for Father’s Day too! On a scale of 1-10, I’m fairly confident that this comes in at a solid 63! The taste from the marinade is ahhhhhh-mazing, and although the chicken is heavenly on its own, the grilled pineapple takes it to a whole other level. Neither my son nor my bro-in-law like pineapple, but after hearing the raves from the rest of us, they both decided to ‘give ‘er a go’ and then helped themselves to seconds and even THIRDS! Once again, I must thank you for sharing your talent with us, and please don’t ever stop!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I have to say that I made this for dinner tonight with about 2#s of chicken. I wish now that I had made the full for because my six year old was asking to eat it again tomorrow night. Lol. It was great! Thank you!

  6. We cannot grill outside. How would this work in a grill pan or baked?

    • Cory Freed says:

      Buy a small grill!

    • Jill M. says:

      I bake Hawaiian chicken in the oven all the time. Buy bone in thighs skin on, but trim the excess fat off. Bake at 350 skin side down, turn chicken and cook for another 30 minutes. The sauce is good over rice if you use a blaster to get under the fat and since it’s been cooked it’s sake to eat now, unlike if you BBQ.

      • To clarify…..are you saying, bake skin side down for 30 minutes, then turn chicken and back for another 30 minutes (total of an hour?)

        • I am can’t find where you are seeing that? You grill for about 6-8 minutes in the instructions.

          • It is just one cup. You alternate the flour mixture and milk as you mix it in to the butter mixture.

  7. Has anyone tried an oven baked/broiled version of this? I miss out on so many recipes because, as sacrilegious as it is, I don’t have grill!

    • They have little tinfoil disposable grills, with charcoal already in it, for like $4 at the grocery store. lol Splurge, have a grill night!

  8. Christianne says:

    My husband accidentally bought regular pineapple juice in these little cans. Do you think this recipe would work out with sweetened pineapple juice? I LOVE this recipe, by the way!!!! It’s always a hit at our bbq’s!! I just never made it with sweetened pineapple juice and am worried how it’ll turn out.

  9. Amazing! The perfect summer chicken recipe, although I plan to make it all year long. I made this for a dinner get together and my guests loved it. All those different flavors combine into one delicious, not to mention beautiful, chicken recipe. The grilled pineapple alongside it was awesome as well. Thank you so much for helping me be a wonderful hostess with your delicious recipe.

  10. 3rd time I have made this, always go back to this recipe, simply delicious and simple. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Jim & Mary Miller says:

    I had huli huli in Maui and can’t wait to make this. But I would not make it with skinless and boneless thighs. I think it would be better with the skin and bone….more flavor.
    Has anyone made this using thighs with the skin still on??

  12. This recipe looks very good! However, it is not Huli Huli chicken. Huli Huli is a cooking method, not a recipe. It is very simply rotisserie half-chicken, cooked over a bed of kiawe wood coals for hours. It is wonderful to drive around the island on weekends and catch the scent & follow it to the parking lot source to a neighborhood fund raiser. Best chicken ever!

  13. I gave this four stars on trust and the fact that it looks terrific… I have some thighs marinating right now! Pretty close to sweet & sour, but no vinegar except what’s in the kitchen. My only problem will be letting it marinate long enough before I cook it!!

  14. No good for those who need nutrition info.

  15. My chicken is falling apart and kinda slimy is that normal? I marinated over night plus 6 hours

    • Ummm that might just be your chicken? It shouldn’t be falling apart and marinating it shouldn’t affect it.

  16. I thought it was unsanitary to baste with marinade that raw chicken had been soaking in? Any thoughts on this? It looks delicious though!!

    • Read the recipe again. !t calls for reserving one cup of marinade for basting. Thus this one cup is not used to marinate the chicken and is safe to use to baste the chicken as it cooks for the last five minutes.

    • I’m pretty sure they used the reserved one cup to baste with!

  17. I made. This last night. It was delicious. My husband said it was the best chicken he’s ever had.

  18. Christina Walters says:

    This is a delicious recipe. I showed the video to my husband, “Instead of ketchup, use Sriracha!” I like the way he thinks:)

  19. Delicious!! We grilled it on charcoal and it was amazing! We can’t wait to grill for our family on Memorial Day weekend

  20. I apologized if this question was already asked BUT what are the cooking instructions for baking it in the oven instead of grilling??

  21. While I’m sure this is tasty, this is not Huli Huli chicken. Huli Huli chicken is actually just spatchcocked, brined, and rubbed rotisserie chicken cooked over kiawe wood or mesquite which is normally served with a sauce (never a glaze) made with soy, ketchup, garlic chili sauce, ginger, and pineapple – served on the side.

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