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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

I got this grilled chicken recipe from a friend while living in Hawaii. It sizzles with the flavors of brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce. Huli means "turn" in Hawaiian. —Sharon Boling, Coronado, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sherry or chicken broth
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 24 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 5 pounds)

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Reserve 1-1/3 cups for basting; cover and refrigerate. Divide remaining marinade between two large resealable plastic bags. Add 12 chicken thighs to each; seal bags and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • 2. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.
  • 3. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink; baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 chicken thighs: 391 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 151mg cholesterol, 651mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0g fiber), 43g protein .

Reviews for Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

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oreo95
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"So easy and so good! I made the recipe exact, just cut it in half. After eating it though wish I hadn't, would have enjoyed leftovers. The chicken was so flavorful and moist, marinated overnight. Thanks for sharing recipe!"

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lauramarielawson
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

"So good!"

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mport001
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

"I have made this several times and it is consistently delicious! I omit the sherry/chicken broth."

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mglahti
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2016

"This was delicious and easy to fix. Will definitely do this again."

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wasoongu
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"A family favorite! Marinade for a full 24 hours for an all-out knock-your-socks-off taste."

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auntmarianb
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"Made this recipe for a Memorial Day BBQ & it got rave reviews...now my go to grilled chicken recipe"

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KristineChayes
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"This moist, flavorful chicken was a big hit! I will definitely be using this recipe again!"

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greatwithoutgluten
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"We enjoyed this recipe. l will make it again. We liked the sweetness the chicken had."

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3GirlsPlus
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"I used this on chicken breasts, and my family enjoyed it. Turned out quite moist!"

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khegeman
Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"Disappointing. My family found it just ok. Nothing special. There are better grilled chicken recipes out there."

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PinkPrincess747
Reviewed May. 16, 2016

"I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out...AMAZING!!! My husband and I enjoyed it immensely!! Thank you very much for sharing - I can't wait to make it again!"

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Libra70
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"The BEST Huli Huli chicken recipe EVER! I have made it twice in one week."

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bjshuler
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"Delicious, a hit with the entire family!"

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ebohuch
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"used skin on, bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks...but followed the recipe exactly in every other way. The neighbor leaned over the fence while we were grilling it to remark how amazing it smelled! This is definitely a keeper. The taste is out of this world."

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Klineshe
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"Awesome marinade/sauce! I added some hot pepper paste and peri peri seasoning (a Northern Africa pepper blend containing fenugreek)."

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mrs._white
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"Very good chicken recipe! Moist and good flavor!"

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rwippel
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"I've made these chicken thighs about 100 times. Sometimes I forget the basting sauce and sometimes I don't. It's good either way. I always get asked for the recipe too. This is my go to potluck dish."

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DWare5883
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Used it with some thin cut chicken breasts and had excellent flavor with the grill marks. Can see why it would be great with thighs or wings."

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Queenlalisa
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"I have to admit, I tried this recipe because I thought the name was so cute. I was going to a football party so I used wings instead of thighs. It was a big hit. They licked the platter clean!"

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mamawpatty
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"My family loves this recipe. I reduced the amount of ingredients to fit 4 boneless chicken breast and I have an indoor grill. Favor is fabulous"

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Jomullins
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2015

"I needed to come up with a quick dinner tonight. A friend posted this recipe on her FB page and it looked delicious. I used chicken breast instead of thighs and heated the marinade to pour over the chicken. I also used it on the chicken as it cooked on my stove top grill pan. It was a big hit! I served it over RiceARoni chicken flavored pasta. It would've been better had I had the time to allow it to marinate. This one's a keeper for sure!"

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shannondobos
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"Hands down, the best grilled chicken I've ever eaten. I didn't change a thing, other than scaling back all quantities for less chicken. The full recipe will be fantastic for summer get-togethers with more of a crowd. I'm already imagining using some of the basting sauce on some grilled pineapple next time!"

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Ilovesports9711
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"Made this last night , and this is a KEEPER!! So yummy, did exactly as the recipe states , absolutely delish!!"

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Rach.Ander
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"This is a go-to recipe in our house, especially when we have people over in the summer. Whenever I make it, people always ask me for the recipe.

The only change I make is to use boneless chicken breasts rather than chicken thighs."

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w_and_d
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"So much flavor! Was a huge success at Father's Day barbeque. Everyone couldn't get enough! I used both thighs and skinless boneless breasts. I used chicken broth and 1/4 tsp of ground ginger. Will definitely make this again and again!"

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Corwin44
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"Fantastic! I didn't have sherry or broth, so I used a dry Marsala I had on hand. My family and friends really enjoyed this for Sunday dinner. This marinade would be good with any cut of chicken. We used thighs and wings. I served this with macaroni salad and fresh cut pineapple."

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pschube
Reviewed May. 28, 2015

"Tasty and tangy grilled chicken! I halved the recipe and used boneless skinless chicken breast pieces."

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jiljilsch
Reviewed May. 26, 2015

"This chicken - IS...AMAZING!! I have made it upwards of 5 or 6 times now, and it never gets old. I've used both chicken breasts and chicken legs and it is delightful in any form! Instead of sherry/broth I've just used water, and have used ground ginger in place of the fresh gingeroot. A truly delicious chicken dish!"

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cindiak
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"Fantastic! This was so simple and it tasted like something I would get in a restaurant. Will definitely make this again."

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jackmaxmom32
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

"Easy and super flavorful marinade. Always a go-to recipe."

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bonmalldiva
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"Would this work as well with chicken Breasts?"

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honey25
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"So Delicious and Tender!"

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gooch621
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"Oh my goodness! SUPERB!"

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kdwarren
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"Tasty, good way to make grilled chicken. Followed the recipe as is and didn't think it needed to be altered at all."

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fgrover12@aol.com
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"Great sauce. I browned 4 chicken thighs in a skillet . Meanwhile I made 1/2 the sauce in a saucepan, reduced it slightly then added the sauce to the skillet over the chicken. It continued to reduce while the chicken continued to cook. I served it all over rice. It was very tasty and tender. Quick and easy.. servings 2"

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LBurkey
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"I followed this recipe as is and my husband grilled it up for our Super Bowl party. We got rave reviews and look forward to making this again soon."

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cmtmal
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Hubby made and was very tender, juicy and really good flavor. Only thing he did different was add some red pepper."

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mydozen
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"This chicken was delicious!"

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Arctic
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Have made this one several times. Never any left. I only marinated for about three hours. Flavor was great."

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mjlouk
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"We really liked this one! I baked it instead of grilling and it turned out really good!"

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findlayg@bellsouth.net
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"I made this recipe as written but cut it in half. Cooked it on my indoor grill because of a roaring thunderstorm. Served it with a seven spice rice. Very delicious! Will make it again."

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MollylovesMommy
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

"Tried this the last time it was posted. Did not like. Delete recipe."

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lschumacher
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"This is the best BBQ chicken I have ever had. I have been using it for several years now and every time I made it, people ask me what I used to marinate my chicken. I also used it on pork tenderloin. Delicious!!!!! It is my to go recipe. Thank you for sharing this great recipe."

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hitza
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"Kids and husband LOVED it..!!"

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gpdp9207
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2014

"I made this recipe last weekend. My whole family loved the flavor. This is a keeper and i will be making it again. Thank you for the recipe."

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123snow
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"Tried this last summer and it was a big hit with everyone. Just delicious and so tender! I then lost the recipe and have been looking everywhere. I was searching for it by the wrong name. Finally our favorite chicken marinade recipe is now in a very safe place. Will be fixing it this weekend."

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Bcooks
Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"Husband says its better than BBQ!"

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edistodreaming
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"This was so moist and delicious. I cut everything by 1/3 for just my husband and me; left out the broth; I only marinated it for 2 hours and it still turned out great- very easy! Very Yummy!!"

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Igraine32
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"Scrumptious!"

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andrewInEdmonton
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"great recipe, much better than expected."

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coronadoalison
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"Made this for my family last night. Everyone said it was a keeper recipe for sure."

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Cwong624
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"FABULOUS!!!!"

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Sundayfood
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"This is a keeper! Everyone loved it! Very moist with lots of flavor! Can't wait to make this again!"

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ckbray
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"While I was preparing the marinade, I was thinking this is too much work and next time I will stick with bottled marinade. But after I tasted it, I was sold. It is sooooo good. Much better than any bottled marinade I've ever tasted. I will DEFINITELY make this again. Everyone LOVED it!"

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BIGRUNNINGTAZ
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"I try this recipe and was very please. It tasted great. I did use the oven but will try the gril next. This is a recipe to keep."

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MarineMom_texas
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"This is one of our favorite ways to fix chicken. It is absolutely delicious. I have used chicken breasts and they work well with this recipe. Here is a link to a review I did a while back. This is definitely a five star recipe.

http://community.tasteofhome.com/community_forums/f/30/p/867124/7455685.aspx#7455685"

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tinabush
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"We like this chicken the way the original recipe states and we tried it the second time with a 20 oz can of pineapple rings. The juice added a wonderful new dimension to the flavor of the chicken and the pineapple rings were added to the chicken and everything grilled together. I forget who suggested the pineapple juice but it was DELICIOUS!"

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tinabush
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"We like this chicken the way the original recipe states and we tried it with a 20 oz can of pineapple rings. The juice added a wonderful new dimension to the flavor of the chicken and the pineapple rings were added to the chicken and everything grilled together. I forget who suggested the pineapple juice but it was DELICIOUS!"

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cris099
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"I haven't tried this but it looks amazing. My husband lived in Hawaii for a bit when he was in the Navy and introduced this sauce to me. After many years a friend at work went to Hawaii recently and brought me a bottle back. I am so excited to try to make the sauce. Thanks for the recipe."

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tastydog1
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"Have not made this yet, but sounds fantastic. Wonder if anyone has tried the marinade on steak? Sounds like it would work to me. As for the person who asks about Splenda or Sugar Twin sugar substitue, I use Splenda brown sugar in all my recipes that call for brown sugar and they have turned out fine.l"

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ds422
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"This is one of our favorite grilling recipes!!!!!!! And it's easy to make."

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SimpleFoods
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"Thanks, cookiemouse! Using my crockpot to make this chicken sounds even better."

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cookiemouse
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"In response to SimpleFoods - yes, you could bake this in the oven or even cook in a crockpot. It is a very good recipe."

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SimpleFoods
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"Haven't made this yet, but want to do it in the oven - we don't grill. Somebody else asked the question, nobody answered it: Has anybody done this in the oven? Any reason why we shouldn't?? Helllloooooo?"

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Ruffshse
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"made this a while back,family loved it. Am going to make on mothers day , for my company.its a keeper"

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rlaunius
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"I used chicken breasts instead of thighs. I also used ground ginger instead of fresh, and it still turned out wonderful. I've made it quite a few times. We often have 12 or more guests at a time at our home for supper. Everyone LOVES this chicken. This is one recipe that's a keeper for sure."

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sgronholz
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"This is our favorite new grilling recipe! I cut the recipe in half and use chicken breasts instead...just the right amount for my family."

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rebelwithoutaclue
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"Having made Huli Huli chicken for years. This is good exept there is no pineapple juice listed. That is the first 1st and main ingredient to this sauce. When you think about it, it did originate in Hawaii! Try it next time."

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rebelwithoutaclue
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"Having made Huli Huli chicken for years. This is good exept there is no pineapple juice listed. That is the first 1st and main ingredient to this sauce. When you think about it, it did originate in Hawaii!"

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Summy
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013 Edited Jun. 17, 2016

"The BEST chicken EVER!!! Yummy! I have marinated it up to 48 hours with no problems. It just gets better. So very, very good. And, I've also baked it in the oven in a pinch when we have a "no burn" day here in AZ (no barbecuing), and it's wonderful."

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hairyjr
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"This is one of the best new recipe I've tried in a long time. Had no fresh gingerroot but used 1/2 tsp ground ginger. I used chicken breasts cut in half width wise. This is a keeper recipe I'll us over and over."

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motheroftwo
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"I used this to marinate roast pork. It was awesome! A definite keeper!"

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retiredusda
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"This is not a review as I have not made it yet. Has anyone tried making this using brown sugar substitutes such as Splenda Brown Sugar Blend or Sugar Twin Brown Sugar Replacement?"

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jumpseatjen
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"The first time I made this, I didn't let the chicken sit in the marinade for 8 hrs, it was more like a couple of hours. I also forgot to set aside marinade to baste with when grilling. Despite my faults, the taste was still amazing, and it has been requested over and over again. Great flavor, and so easy!!!"

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jchockley
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"Would make a good grilled chicken sandwich (use breast vs thighs) with grilled pineapple ring and extra sauce."

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lalg
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"We took this marinade camping and LOVED it! We will be using this as our go to BBQ chicken marinade from now on."

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blueyedjla
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"We have made this recipe many times because its so easy and delicious. We make it for company and we make it when we are camping. Ive also used the marinade for grilled salmon filets with great results."

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sstetzel
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012 Edited Apr. 17, 2015

"This is an awesome recipe! I ran out of soy sauce and only used a quarter cup - it was still fantastic! If you like teriyaki you'll like this! I used boneless breasts and they were great."

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lmd416
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"Big Smile Love this recipe -- quick easy and very tasty -- everyone always ask for the recipe!"

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periodontics
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"This recipe sounds so good. We don't grill. Has anyone tried this in the oven?"

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reenies2000
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"This recipe is simple and delicious. I made it for company and grilled it before they arrived. Removed to a covered tin foil baking pan when grilling was complete, put it in conventional oven on 250 degrees until we were ready to eat. Received rave reviews from guests."

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azjag
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"I've used bone-in and skin on thighs and legs. So yummy and full of flavor. New favorite in my home."

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Whyn
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"perfect!!!"

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wintermom9597@yahoo.com
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"I used bone-in, skin-on leg quarters and marinated them all day. Family loved this recipe. Seventeen-year-old son said, "You can make this one again for sure!""

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LibbiPeach@cox.net
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"My husband who doesn't like chicken even said this one was good. Very nice and different flavor than usual."

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jumpseatjen
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"Very good & easy to make!!! I even made it in the late afternoon, didn't read the recipe all the way through seeing that it needed 8 hrs to marinade. I left it marinading at room temp for about an hour, and it was fantastic!!!"

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recipehound54
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Delicious! I mis-read the recipe and did not reserve marinade for basting and it worked out just fine. I also mixed boneless thighs and boneless chicken breasts (I cut these in half so that the sizes were similar) so that guests could have a choice. Taste was very good; I tried this out on guests and they gave it a thumbs up. It met all of the criteria I have for a winner of a recipe: it was easy, used ingredients that most people would have on hand, could be assembled ahead of time, had a short cook time and, most of all, tasted great!!"

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1Revelation
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"This recipe was easy and delicious! A new family favorite! Even pleasing to the harder to please eaters."

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1Revelation
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"This recipe was easy and delicious! A new family favorite! Even pleasing for the harder-to-please eaters."

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sammie06
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"Great recipe. I used chicken tenderlions, as I was grilling I sprinkled red crushed pepper on them. It was great."

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Mishykrum
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"Not sure why stars didn't show up for me to rate this, but yes, FIVE stars. Great flavor. Did it with chicken breasts. Very tender. Only marinated it for about 5 hours. Thanks for the great recipe."

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funfections
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"My family favors chicken breast sliced thin.

The flavor is very good."

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rose1956
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"The best chicken recipe. Great for get togethers"

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babaloulou
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"This is one of my favorite chicken recipe I always eat this on saturday night, so mahalo for this great recipe We have a food restaurant here in Hawaii that serve this huli huli chicken, just so ono"

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lgaudet
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"I have made this twice already. My entire family absolutely loves this chicken. I make extra marinade to use over white rice."

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AnnKup
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"Delicious! I made the recipe as directed. It was a HUGE hit with the family. This will be my standard marinade recipe for grilled chicken!"

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szahradnik
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2012

"This is outstanding! A must for everyone to try. I made three changes: 1/8 tsp. ginger instead of ginger root, 1/2 c. regular soy sauce, boneless/skinless chicken breasts."

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carachilds
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"Ever since I went to HI in High School and tried Huli chicken there I have wanted to recipe. Every time we go to HI we bring back as many bottles of Huli sauce as we can. I tried this recipe and it tastes just like it does from HI! Thank you so much. Now I won't have to go to HI to eat this!!"

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bshowalter
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"This was wonderful. The chicken was so moist. The trick is to turn it often and use all the baste. Our company asked for this recipe after dinner. I'm sure this will become a family favorite!!"

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aug2295
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"This was delicious - picky kids ate without complaining. I used ground ginger because that's what I had on hand and subed in breast for the thighs."

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gratefulservant_AZ
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"I discovered this recipe while on vacation in HI and knew I would want to try it. I used 4 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves and 3 filet type smaller ones and halved the sauce recipe. Subbed ground ginger and garlic powder for the fresh ginger and garlic since that was what I had on hand. Marinaded in 1 c. sauce and basted with 1/4 c. reserved sauce. Moist, juicy, and delicious. Definite keeper here."

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marie4705
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"Very easy to prepare ahead of time and then just grill. Served it with grilled fresh pineapple rings, coconut rice and Hawaiian rolls."

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DonnaDShoe
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"I marinated sliced mushrooms with this, the last hour only. Grilled with sliced pineapple and served with Rice-A-Roni. Not sure why it says prep time is 15 minutes when it needs to marinate 8 hours! I have had a version of this recipe for many years, and instead of ketchup it asks for 1/3 cup dry sauterne and 3T Dijon mustard. NO brown sugar and half the soy sauce. It is not as salty, and calorie count is lower, but equally good."

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summyb
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"Simple, flavorful recipe. Absolutely excellent."

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redracer15
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"This is very good and very simple to make."

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mystique054
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"Crowd pleaser! So juicy and tender, even better the next day. Yum!"

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Chipm1961
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Used boneless/skinless chicken breast instead of thighs and was wonderful. Will be making this on a regular bases."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.