Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken is a Hawaiian dish. Huli means “turn” in Hawaiian and refers to the way the chicken is cooked. It is usually cooked between two large racks that are constantly flipped to get a good char and lots of surface cooking. I don’t have two large racks to cook on my grill but I do have skewers. Thought this is not the original recipe it is as close as I could get. Make sure you turn the skewers every few minutes to get the same surface cooking.

Verdict: I made this into a bowl meal by also grilling red peppers, onions, and a bit of pineapple, the vegetables I had on hand. Over a bed of Basmati rice it was delicious! Remember to save some of the sauce to put over the chicken while cooking and over the dish when it is done. Yum!

Huli Huli Chicken

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 – 2 1/2 lbs. chicken breast, skinless and boneless
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon+ Siracha
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • black pepper, to taste


  1. Place chicken cut into 1 1/2″- 2″ sized chunks in a resealable bag.
  2. In a bowl mix pineapple juice, soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, ground ginger, garlic powder, Siracha, sesame oil, Dijon, rice wine vinegar and black pepper until well blended.
  3. Remove 1 1/2 cups of marinade and set aside for cooking and topping. Pour the rest over the chicken and seal bag. Coat chicken with the sauce and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Skewer chicken and discard the marinade from the bags. 
  5. Preheat grill. Brush grates well with oil. Grill chicken turning often brushing the reserved marinade over the chicken frequently. Remove when chicken is cooked through.
  6. Any extra marinade can be cooked on the stove in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat until it reduces by about a third. Taste sauce and adjust spices to your liking. Remove and serve on the side as desired. 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Yep. I’ve had this tasty chicken at a roadside stand in Hawaii. 🌴😍🍃

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    1. koolaidmoms says:


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  2. MrsDMVH says:

    This looks delicious!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

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