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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!

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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken on a plate with grilled pineapple and garnished with green onions.

Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

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. Huli Huli originated in Hawaii and has quickly become a restaurant staple. Now you can make this at home. 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 is 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 incredibly 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!

What You Need for Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Everything can be found at your local grocery store, look for fresh ginger in the produce section.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs: You can use chicken breasts but they can dry out and not be as flavorful.
  • Unsweetened Pineapple Juice: You can find this in the canned fruit section sometimes as well as the juice section of your grocery store.
  • Soy sauce: Low Sodium soy sauce will work here too.
  • Brown Sugar: The sugar will caramelize the chicken and gives it a beautiful flavor.
  • Ketchup: This will add flavor and richness.
  • Chicken Broth: Adds flavor to the marinate, look for low sodium if you desire.
  • Fresh Ginger Root Grated: I can often find the ginger in the produce section of my grocery store.
  • Minced Garlic: Fresh minced garlic is best but you can used jarred to save a bit of time.
  • Green Onions: Sliced for garnish.

Let’s Make Some Grilled Chicken!

Super simple and easy, but big on flavor, this is going to become a staple in your grilling rotations.

  1. Marinate: 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 for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Grill It: 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
Chicken thighs sitting in a bowl of marinade.

The Best Huli Huli Chicken Tips

With all grilled foods there are some do’s and don’ts to make sure it is the best tasting chicken you have ever had.

  • Chicken: What kind of chicken you use matters. When you are grilling the possibility of losing moisture is more likely. You want to cook your chicken to 165 degrees without drying it out. It is best to use chicken thighs because they have dark meat which is naturally moister and has a bit more fat. You can use breasts but you want to pound them out the same thickness so they cook evenly and pull them off the grill when they are about 162, they will continue to cook while resting.
  • Rest Your Chicken: To help the chicken retain its moisture and flavor you want to let your chicken rest after it is done cooking. This gives the chicken time to redistribute the juices, leaving more inside than on your plate. This is true for any meat you grill. Let it rest covered with foil for about 10 minutes.
  • Marinade: Make sure you reserve marinade to baste the chicken once on the grill. Do not use the marinade the raw chicken sat in. It will spread bacteria and possible food poisoning.
  • Do Not Have A Grill? No worries, you can still enjoy this incredible dish by cooking the chicken in the oven at 400 for 20 min or in a pan on the stovetop.
Basting chicken as it grills.

Popular Sides For Huli Huli Chicken

Grilled main dishes are a great spring and summer staple. Add sides that compliment your dish and highlight the season. Here are some tried and true recipes to try when serving your Huli Huli Chicken.

Grilled Huli Huli chicken and pineapple on a plate.

Storing and Using Your Huli Huli Leftovers

I love this recipe, because you make a lot and they make the best leftovers! It is like it tastes better the next day.

  • Store leftovers tightly covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze the chicken in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
  • Use leftovers to top some of your favorite salads, like Broccoli Ramen Salad, or add to a Buddha Bowl.
Diced grilled chicken ready to eat.

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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

4.91 from 31 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
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!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • 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

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Notes

Updated on April 25, 2021
Originally Posted on May 1, 2016

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 36gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 907mgPotassium: 544mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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“Absolutely delicious! Easy and many ways to eat it. Last evening we skewered the chicken!” -Tricia

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141 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this 2 weeks ago for husband who absolutely loved recipe. I marinated the chicken for 24 hours and it was bursting with flavour. This weekend I have small family BBQ and this was wanted above hamburgers/ hotdogs! I’ll be making with Corn salsa and grilled pineapple which really enhances the taste of chicken! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I made it for a large barbeque last summer (and have made itmultiple times since). Was a total hit! Served it with grilled pineapple, rice, and a green salad. Several people asked for the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Amazing flavors, giving into a tender, succulent meat. Adding to the textural delights the green onion and sprinkled sesame seeds. Winner winner chicken dinner!

  4. Hi this sound & look so GOOD i will be making this as soon as this quarantine is lifted ..fun girls night out over my house
    Question: what is Sriracha??🤔

  5. 5 stars
    This is AWESOME grilled but I also use the marinade when I cut up the chicken thigh meat and cook it in a pan. I serve with rice and roasted vegetables!

  6. 5 stars
    I love Huli Huli chicken!
    Made this few time’s
    I used to work at Da Kine’s restaurant
    I like to marinade over night
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. 5 stars
    My local grocery store had boneless skinless chicken thighs on sale, so I bought a whole bunch without really having a plan. I had pinned this recipe many moons ago and thought “Eh, why not?”
    Dear lord, I wish I had made this sooner. It’s so good and so easy. I did not use chicken broth for the marinade because I was afraid it would be too salty, so I just used plain water. I might leave it out next time. My sisters, who are “meh” about any chicken that is not fried, were raving!
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us!