Grilled Huli Huli Chicken Recipe
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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

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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. This sweet and savory glaze is fantastic on pork chops, too. —Sharon Boling, San Diego, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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)

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • For grilling, we love the moistness of chicken thighs, and they're economical, too. But use any cut of chicken you like.
  • This sweet and savory glaze is also fantastic on pork chops.
  • Transport yourself to Hawaii without firing up the grill! Pat chicken dry with paper towels; sear in a touch of oil in a skillet or grill pan. Transfer to a 375-degree oven for basting and baking.
  • Originally published as Grilled Huli Huli Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 2012, p20

    Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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    rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 267502
    Reviewed May. 30, 2017

    "This chicken has great flavor! It's the perfect summer recipe!"

    lcrespo8889 User ID: 6752336 267493
    Reviewed May. 30, 2017

    "Made this recipe as-is and it was delicious!!! My chicken tasted better left over the next day too. I will be making this marinade again!"

    Dianna User ID: 8772949 266034
    Reviewed May. 16, 2017

    "Excellent recipe. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts. I did not have fresh ginger or garlic, but I have a Ginger Teriyaki seasoning. I used 2 teaspoons. It was delicious."

    annaf27 User ID: 5217952 260953
    Reviewed Feb. 7, 2017

    "Excellent BBQ recipe! This has become a family favorite."

    familyfothree User ID: 6580606 259782
    Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

    "I used bone-in chicken thighs and less brown sugar than the recipe called for. Our family enjoyed it very much."

    angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 258705
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2016

    "Used boneless skinless chicken breasts and it was still really good!"

    Bonnie User ID: 1903989 256869
    Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

    "My family loved this recipe, and I made it for my mission team while on a trip, and they loved it! Every time I make it, people ask for the recipe -- it's a winner!"

    oreo95 User ID: 2985724 252595
    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!"

    lauramarielawson User ID: 5246360 252041
    Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

    "So good!"

    mport001 User ID: 4326837 249885
    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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