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Huli Huli Chicken served on a bed of rice

Huli Huli Chicken

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian


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



  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, ginger and garlic.
  2. Place the chicken thighs in a shallow dish large enough that they can be laid in a single layer. (You can also place them in a ziplock bag.)
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade, and add the rest to the dish with the chicken thighs. Turn to coat the chicken in the sauce.
  4. Cover the dish and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight.
  5. When ready to make the chicken, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat a grill to medium heat.
  7. Grill the chicken until it reaches 170ºF, about 12-16 minutes, turning a few times during the cook time. Baste the chicken with the reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes of cook time.

Recipe Notes:

*If possible, turn the chicken a time or two during the marinating time.

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline. Nutrition information is calculated making 12 buns from the recipe.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 350
  • Sugar: 20 g
  • Sodium: 1256 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 39 g
  • Cholesterol: 190 mg

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