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A traditional Hawaiian chicken recipe with brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce, this Grilled Huli Huli Chicken is an easy and delicious grilling recipe.

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The weather here has been warmer than typical for late summer. (That is – until the rainstorms that have come in the last few days.) But I’m totally ok with warmer – it means more of our favorite summer activities. More of the warm sun on my face. Believe me – I’m not quite ready for Utah’s short fall season and way-too-soon-to-come winter.

And warm weather calls for grilling, of course. Ok, so I actually love to grill year round, but especially when it’s still warm outside and I can cook while the kids run around the back yard. In fact, I think that these late summer/early fall days are the perfect ones for grilling, simply because it’s not too hot outside, but warm enough to enjoy being outside.

This is also a perfect weeknight/school night dinner, because it can be thrown together the night before and then just simply grilled the next day. This chicken is so tender and full of flavor. And did I mention easy? One of my biggest tips – that I’ve been doing for years now when you cook a full chicken breast – is to make sure it’s not too big. So many times, the chicken breasts are so big that it’s hard to get them cooked through without making them dry. So what I do is cut it open like a book, then continue to cut until you have what looks like 2 thinner chicken breasts. They cook faster, they cook more evenly, and really, I’m satisfied with a half instead of eating a whole chicken breast. If your chicken is thin already, there is no need to do this. I like to aim for about 5-6 oz per piece of chicken.

How about you? Are you still grilling away?

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken
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A traditional Hawaiian chicken recipe with brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce.
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons sherry or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  1. In a large ziptop bag, combine the brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, sherry or chicken broth, ginger and garlic. Reserve ⅓ cup of the marinade for basting.
  2. If the chicken breasts are large, cut them open like a book into 2 thinner chicken breasts. Place the chicken in the bag with the marinade. Refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Drain and discard the marinade from the chicken. Heat a grill over medium heat. Grease the grates with oil and grill the chicken for 6-8 minutes on each side, until no longer pink. Baste the chicken with the reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

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18 Responses to Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

  1. I am sad you guys in the USA are no longer in grill season becasue I have just reached it! Tomorrow is going to be hot, hot, hot; so I think that calls for this chicken, beers and burgers ! Delicious recipe

  2. It’s like the flavors in this marinade are made for grilled chicken! A perfect pairing. I would love this for dinner this week 🙂

  3. Tracey says:

    This is my kind of chicken for sure – I love the combination of flavors! We’ve still been grilling too, though it’s definitely starting to feel like fall, especially the cool crisp mornings we’ve been having.

  4. Tieghan says:

    These flavors are so my kind of thing! It has cooled a lot here in the Mountains and fall is surely here, but I am still using my grill like crazy! Actually, I use it year round so I have a feeling this chicken with be a staple!

  5. Karly says:

    Oh my gosh, it has been flat out HOT here! I was so looking forward to cool weather, but it’s stayed right around 100 degrees. Eek! Ready for Fall! But in the meantime, I’ll totally be workin’ the grill, starting with this chicken!

  6. Love thes flavors here!! I’m loving this fall weather we’re getting, but I’m not ready to put away the grill just yet!

  7. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    Oh man this recipe looks amazing!!!

  8. kristy says:

    Great tip about cutting the chicken breast in half. One of those big ones really is so much food anyway. Love the grill marks. We’re still grilling too. Hopefully that will last some time yet. 🙂

  9. cassie says:

    The weather is still warm here too so we have been taking full advantage of outdoor cooking. I love these flavors. Great idea, Deborah!

  10. Donna says:

    We have been known to grill with an umbrella to keep the snow off the grill. No joke. Serious grilling addicts here. Love the island style chicken!

  11. Joanne says:

    The flavors in this dressing are some of my favorites! Such a great mix of sweet spicy salty.

  12. Kathy says:

    This looks great! My kids would absolutely love this!

  13. This chicken looks incredible! Makes me wish I had a grill even more than I already do!

  14. While I am not a big chicken eater, I can’t say I don’t admire the photography here. Vibrant and appetizing. Yum!

  15. I’m not giving up on grilling just yet! This chicken looks divine!

  16. Chels R. says:

    Mmm, that sounds so good! I for one am very ready for Fall tho.

  17. Pat Weaver says:

    Aloha, My name is Paka, I am a Kona Boy ( over 30 years in Kona Hawaii! Your marinade sounds pretty good, and close to accurate! My only correction is this… “Huli Huli” means “round and round”! So basically “huli huli” is “rotisserie”, Traditionally it is done over Kiawe wood. This is a mesquite, that was brought to Hawaii, from the southwest, by the Mexican cowboys for cattle food! the volcanic soil in the island gave the mesquite a unique “flavor” that you will not find anywhere else!

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