Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

This chicken is so flavorful and so versatile. You can eat it as is, or you can serve it over rice or noodles. I need to cook it up again and serve it in a salad with almonds, fried wontons and an asian vinaigrette. I think it would be amazing!! More than anything, I’m just so glad that I can make this recipe from home and don’t have to go to a restaurant to get this mouth-watering chicken. 🙂

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Have you ever tried Huli Huli Chicken before??

I first tried it years ago at a Hawaiian restaurant not realizing what it was, exactly. I just knew it was a very delicious, juicy chicken that I thought was amazing. Fast forward several years to our time in Houston, Texas and we had some friends from church invite us over for dinner. They had lived in Hawaii for several years and the husband was an avid BBQ enthusiast. One of the meats he had cooked up for us was this huli huli chicken, and I fell back in love with the dish and knew I needed the recipe. Unfortunately, it was recipe that was given by a friend who asked them not to share it, but with some research and reading lots of reviews, I was able to find a recipe that I think tastes just like it!

marinated chicken thighs in pan

Can be cooked up on the skillet or the grill outside!

grilled huli huli chicken thighs on plate

Huli Huli Chicken cut in strips

I’m seriously addicted to this chicken recipe. It’s so good!! Be sure you have plenty of sauce reserved because it’s even better when it’s still juicy. Don’t say I didn’t warn you though, this chicken is addicting!!

How to make Huli Huli Chicken:


4.67 from 3 votes

This Grilled Huli Huli Chicken is the juiciest and most delicious Hawaiian chicken you'll ever try! Great alone or served on rice or noodles!!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 2768 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs


  1. Mix brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, broth, ginger and garlic in a small bowl. Take out 1 cup and reserve for basting (and refrigerate).

  2. Place the rest of the marinade into a large Ziploc bag with the thighs. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Discard marinade from chicken and grill thighs until no longer pink (about 8 minutes per side), basting with the extra marinade as you grill. Serve warm. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Another favorite chicken recipe of ours is:

Kung Pao Chicken

kung pao chicken over white rice

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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken - the juiciest and most delicious Hawaiian chicken you'll ever try! Great alone or served on rice or noodles!!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. We made this dish last week and it was amazing! Made it with thighs, rather than breasts, and it was very moist. I would hesitate to use breasts because they would be drier. The thighs were very flavorful. Instead of basting the chicken, I drizzled the extra marinade over the cooked chicken for extra flavor. Leftovers were equally good!!

  2. This was a great recipe! I NEVER leave replies on recipes; however, I couldn’t not sing the praises of this chicken. I am a decent cook, kids have traveled the globe and sampled many recipes. Tonight’s quote from my 13yo foodie: “Mom, this is the best chicken ever!”. Not the best I have made; the best he has eaten. This will be on our menu often! Grilled to perfection, tastes great hot or cold, will be great cooked in large batches and served multiple was as leftovers.

    Also gotta give a shout out for your Cheesy Beef Goulash recipe. I have two competitive swimmers who are teen boys. They get hangry during swim season often. This is great to make for them. I love it also. But easy, filling, and versatile. I can use any pasta, tomato product, and cheese and it always turns out great.