Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

The BEST Grilled Huli Huli Chicken. Marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce then grilled until golden brown and crispy. Serve with grilled pineapple and rice!

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What is Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken first originated in Hawaii. It is chicken cooked in a sweet and tangy marinade then grilled. It was originally cooked between two grills which had to be flipped over. Huli is the Hawaiian word for turn, thus giving it it’s name!

Ingredients for Huli Huli Sauce

  • Soy sauce: I used regular soy sauce in this recipe however low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminios could be substituted.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds a bit of sweetness to the sauce.
  • Sesame Oil: This is one of my favorite ingredients. It add a wonderful nutty flavor to the sauce.
  • Ketchup: Helps to thicken the sauce and adds flavor and tang.
  • Pineapple Juice: This wouldn’t be an authentic Huli Huli Sauce without pineapple juice!
  • Ginger: I prefer fresh however ground ginger could be substituted as well.
  • Garlic: I always have to have garlic!
  • Sriracha: I use 2 teaspoons in the sauce. It has a bit of a kick to it. If you don’t want it to be as spicy you can always add less.

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How to cook Huli Huli Chicken

Start by marinating the chicken for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Reserve part of the marinade. When you are ready to cook the chicken preheat the grill and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook chicken for about 5 minutes on each side or until chicken reaches 165 degrees. While the chicken is cooking heat the reserved marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce whisking constantly. Simmer for an additional minute or until the sauce has thickened. Brush the thickened sauce onto the cooked chicken and serve any leftover sauce on the side. Serve immediately with grilled pineapple and fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

The BEST Grilled Huli Huli Chicken. Marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce then grilled until golden brown and crispy. Serve with grilled pineapple and rice!

Ingredients

Huli Huli Chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • grilled pineapple slices for serving, if desired
  • fresh chopped parsley for serving, if desired

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the sauce ingredients except the cornstarch and water in a small medium bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade.

  2. Add the remaining marinade to a large ziplock bag. Add in the chicken and toss to coat. Marinade for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

  3. When you are ready to cook the chicken preheat the grill. Spray the grill with nonstick cooking spray.

  4. Cook chicken for about 5 minutes on each side or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.

  5. While the chicken is cooking heat the reserved 1/2 cup marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.

  6. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water.

  7. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce whisking constantly. Simmer for an additional minute or until the sauce has thickened.

  8. Brush the thickened sauce onto the cooked chicken and serve any leftover sauce on the side.

  9. Serve immediately with grilled pineapple and fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

 

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