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
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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 equals 391 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 151 mg cholesterol, 651 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 43 g 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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Reviewed May. 28, 2016

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

Reviewed May. 19, 2016

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

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!"

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

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

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"Delicious, a hit with the entire family!"

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