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Huli Huli chicken with pineapple slices, on a serving plate

Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli chicken is a wholesome rendition of a sweet and savory succulence that’ll transport you to the sandy beaches of Hawaii in every bite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Hawaiian
Keyword How Do I Make Huli Huli Chicken, How To Make Huli Huli Chicken, Huli Huli Chicken, Huli Huli Chicken Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade Time 1 day
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 1132kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 3 teaspoons fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 pounds boneless chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs


  • grilled pineapple slices
  • sliced green onions


  • In a medium mixing bowl, add dark brown sugar, ketchup,  pineapple juice,  fresh ginger, and garlic. Whisk in soy sauce, pineapple juice, and sherry until well combined and brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove and reserve 1 cup of the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to grill the chicken. This will be your basting sauce.
  • Place chicken in a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Pour marinade into bag. Remove excess air, seal bag, place on a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate for 24 hours,
  • Heat grill to medium.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade in plastic bags.
  • Grill chicken on oiled grates: 
    For Chicken Boneless Thighs: Grill about 5-8 minutes per side, basting each side before flipping with reserved marinade, or until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees.
    For Chicken Boneless Breast: Grill about 4-6 minutes per side, basting each side before flipping with reserved marinade,  or until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 1132kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 100g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 3278mg | Potassium: 1452mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 73g | Vitamin A: 684IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 5mg