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!

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken with fresh pineapple.

 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.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken in a skillet.

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.

Overhead shot of Grilled Huli Huli Chicken with slide pineapple.

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!

 Grilled Huli Huli Chicken with sliced pineapple on a white plate. There is also a basting brush laying next to the chicken.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 10 Servings


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!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs chicken breasts also work
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root grated
  • 1 1/2 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

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 10

Calories288kcal (14%)Carbohydrates17g (6%)Protein36g (72%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol172mg (57%)Sodium907mg (38%)Potassium544mg (16%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar15g (17%)Vitamin A85IU (2%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium33mg (3%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    This may be the best darn chicken grill recipe I’ve ever had. The marinade caramelized as the chicken grilled. I cut up zucchini, red and yellow peppers, onion, broccoli, carrots & mushrooms and grilled them with a soy, garlic and fresh ground ginger.
    The pineapple makes this very special. Before serving, I drizzled the reduction over the chicken and it really made the complexity of flavors pop. Don’t leave off the green onion garnish.
    Every single person at the party begged for the recipe. Big hit.

  2. 5 stars
    So glad your recipe has included pineapple juice. Most Huli Huli recipes leave it out. We love this meal and have made it dozens of time.

  3. 5 stars
    The recipe gets 5 stars, the ads? Seriously? Corporate sites don’t have as much detritus and distractions.

  4. 3 stars
    One of the other comments said “so glad you included pineapple juice”. Just because a dish is Hawaiian doesn’t mean it has pineapple in it. Most traditional Hawaiian dishes don’t have pineapple in them. The rest of the marinade seems to be very good and the chicken looked very good.

    1. 5 stars
      “Just because a dish is Hawaiian doesn’t mean it has pineapple in it”… family is from the Big Island; most people put pineapple in it. Also I wouldnt really call this a traiditional dish as it was first created in the 30s when cultures started blending because of all the people that came to work in the cane fields.

      Great recipe! Reminds me of home.

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Easy and many ways to eat it. Last evening we skewered the chicken!

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