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Huli huli BBQ chicken recipe with pineapple and scallions
Huli-huli BBQ chicken
Prep Time
4 hrs
Cook Time
25 mins

Enjoy a little taste of Hawaii with huli-huli BBQ chicken. It's sweet, fruity, savory and can be a bit spicy too depending on your tastes. Serve it with pineapple rings and chopped scallions for a fresh burst of complimentary flavor.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Hawaiian
Keyword: Huli-huli chicken
Servings: 6 people
Author: Michelle Barsness
  • 2 - 2.5 lbs chicken thighs
The marinade
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or gluten free Tamari
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sherry or mirin (rice wine)
  • 1 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, crushed and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 pinch red chili pepper flakes or Sriracha (to taste)
Garnish with
  • 2 scallions, chopped for garnish
  • pineapple rings for garnish
  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and stir until the brown sugar dissolves. Set aside 1/4 cup of this liquid (refrigerate it).

  2. Add the chicken to the bowl and coat it well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for several hours (four hours or overnight). Turn the chicken a couple times during this time frame. 

  3. Grill the chicken until it is browned and reaches an internal temperature of 160 F. Turn the chicken a couple times during grilling and baste it each turn with liquid from the 1/4 cup of marinade that was set aside. Move chicken pieces away from hot spots on the grill to avoid flare-ups.

  4. Garnish with the scallions and pineapple rings for serving.

Recipe Notes

Prep time above includes four hours marinating time.

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