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. —Sharon Boling, Coronado, 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, 0g 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.
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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oreo95 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 252041
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

"So good!"

mport001 249885
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

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

mglahti 249331
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2016

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

wasoongu 249322
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

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

auntmarianb 248874
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

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

KristineChayes 248864
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

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

greatwithoutgluten 248840
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

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

3GirlsPlus 248728
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

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

khegeman 248398
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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