A simple marinade makes this Grilled Huli Huli Chicken a family favorite recipe. Add grilled pineapple for a sweet and savory combination.

Close up image of Grilled Huli Huli Chicken with slice pineapples
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Easy Grilled Chicken Recipes always make the best weeknight meal. This Grilled Huli Huli Chicken taste amazing and the perfect meal to kick off the grilling season.

If you love this grilled chicken recipe, then you are going to love this Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Breasts, Mojo Chicken Recipe and Cajun Grilled Chicken. Both made with simple ingredients and taste amazing.

Why This Recipe Works

We love that this Hawaiian Huli Huli chicken has a sweet and savory flavor. The grill cooks it perfectly with a juicy and tender center. Add a side of grilled slice pineapple for the perfect combination.

The marinade that the chicken marinates in is made with simple ingredients and enhances the flavor when this chicken is grilled. Add your favorite side dish recipes to make a complete meal.

Ingredients

Grilled Huli Huli Ingredients - chicken thighs, pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, chicken broth, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, pepper
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Fresh Pineapple Juice
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Chicken Broth
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ground Ginger – Or Fresh Ginger
  • Sesame Oil, optional
  • Ground Black Pepper

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Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning or add in about ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes for a kick of flavor. Paprika is great addition for amazing flavor.
  • Change Chicken – We love the way the chicken thighs cook, but you can also use chicken wings, chicken breasts, and bone-in chicken.
  • Pineapple Slices – Grill fresh pineapple slices to serve with the chicken wings.

Step by Step Instructions

Combining the marinade ingredients in a bowl

Step 1 – In a bowl, combine the pineapple juice, soy sauce ketchup, brown sugar, chicken broth, ginger and garlic, sesame oil, and ground black pepper. Stir until the brown sugar is fully dissolved.

Placing chicken in a ziplock bag

Step 2 – Place the chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish.

Pouring marinade over the chicken thighs in a ziplock bag

Step 3 – Pour the huli huli sauce over the chicken, making sure each piece is well coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight for best results.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken on a platter with slice pineapple

Step 4 – Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for 6-8 minutes per side, or until fully cooked. Serve the grilled chicken hot, optionally garnished with grilled pineapple slices and green onions.

Recipe Tips

  • Marinade Time: The recipe suggests a minimum of 2 hours for marinating the chicken. But you could extend this up to 24 hours to really let the flavors blend with the chicken.
  • Grilling Time: Keep an eye on the grill when cooking over medium heat. The high sugar content in the marinade means the chicken can burn more easily. Adjust heat or move chicken to a cooler part of the grill if needed.
  • Meat Thermometer – Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. The temperature should reach 165 degrees when the chicken is full cooked.
  • Cooking Methods – We love the flavor that the charcoal grill gives the chicken. But you can also use a gas grill or bake this chicken in the oven. Bake chicken in the oven at 400 degrees in a baking dish.
  • Baste Chicken – If you have reserved marinade, then you can baste the chicken while you are grilling it for added flavor.
Close up image of grilled huli huli chicken on tongs

Serving Suggestions

Grilled Huli huli is delicious served with many different grilled side dish recipes. We love to serve with a Grilled Bake Potato and Grilled Broccoli with a side salad.

We have even served on white rice with a side of Hawaiian Macaroni Salad for a complete meal idea.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken on slice pineapple on a platter

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Can I Freeze Huli Huli Chicken?

Yes, this is a great recipe to freeze. You can freeze this recipe uncooked or cooked. If you are freezing the chicken uncooked, place the chicken and marinade in a freezer ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. If chicken cooked, place in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Chicken

When you are ready to enjoy this chicken again, allow chicken to thaw in the fridge overnight. Then reheat in the microwave or reheat in the oven depending on how much you have left.

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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

5 from 2 votes
A simple marinade makes this Grilled Huli Huli Chicken a family favorite recipe. Add grilled pineapple for a sweet and savory combination.
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Hawaiian
Course Main Course
Calories 405

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/4 cups pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Optional: fresh pineapple slices for grilling

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, chicken broth, minced garlic, ground ginger, sesame oil, and ground black pepper. Stir until the brown sugar is fully dissolved.
  • If using, add the optional crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Place the chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure each piece is well coated.
  • Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight for best results.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for 6-8 minutes per side, or until fully cooked.
  • If using, grill the optional fresh pineapple slices for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Serve the grilled chicken hot, optionally garnished with grilled pineapple slices.

Recipe Notes

– Marinade Time: The recipe suggests a minimum of 2 hours for marina:on, but you could extend this up to 24 hours to really let the flavors blend with the chicken.
– Grilling Time: Keep an eye on the grill when cooking. The high sugar content in the marinade means the chicken can burn more easily. Adjust heat or move chicken to a cooler part of the grill if needed.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 405kcal, Carbohydrates 53g, Protein 33g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.03g, Cholesterol 143mg, Sodium 2016mg, Potassium 660mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 47g, Vitamin A 176IU, Vitamin C 7mg, Calcium 66mg, Iron 3mg

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