huli huli chicken

Huli-Huli Chicken

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In Hawaiian, huli-huli means to turn over and over. This version of the roadside favorite uses a homemade huli-style sauce instead of the patented commercial version. This recipe requires advance preparation. (Huli sauce may also be used as a glaze for hamburgers and fish).

huli huli chicken

Huli-Huli Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) chicken

For the huli sauce:

  • 3/4 cup dark soy sauce (shoyu)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (Hawaiian cane preferred)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chile paste
  • Coarse kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Split the chicken down the backbone, removing backbone but leaving the halves attached at the breast.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, pineapple juice, honey, brown sugar, garlic, ketchup, ginger, chile paste, salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken in a large zippered storage bag and marinate, refrigerated, at least 4 hours.
  4. Roast the chicken over medium-high direct heat, turning and marinating often, for about 1 hour or to an internal thigh temperature of 175° F.

Yield: 4 servings
Heat Scale: Medium

Read the whole Hawaiian barbecue article by Mike Stines here.

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Grilling & BBQ Editor | Mike holds a “Doctorate of Barbeque Philosophy” (Ph.B.) degree from the Kansas City Barbeque Society. His book Mastering Barbecue has been called the “go-to” book for BBQ knowledge.

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