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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

I got this grilled huli huli 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


  • 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 6 pounds)


  • In a small bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients. Reserve 1-1/3 cups for basting; cover and refrigerate. Divide remaining marinade between 2 large shallow dishes. Add 12 chicken thighs to each; turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain chicken, discarding marinade.
  • Grill chicken, covered, on an oiled rack over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°; baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken Tips

What does huli huli mean in Hawaiian?

Huli means to turn or reverse. Huli Huli Chicken is an appropriate name for the recipe, as it traditionally is turned several times during roasting. Pair this Hawaiian chicken recipe with one of our other favorite Hawaiian recipes.

How do I grill chicken?

Grilling chicken is very easy to do! Make sure you take the time to marinate your chicken to prevent it from being tough, clean the grill grates well and lightly oil the grates right before adding the chicken. Overcooked chicken can be very dry, so use a thermometer during the final minutes of cooking time and remove the chicken from the heat as soon as it reaches 165° degrees. If you don't feel like firing up the grill, sear the chicken in a touch of oil in a skillet or grill pan. Then, transfer to a 375-degree oven for basting and baking.

What's the benefit of grilling chicken thighs?

Chicken thighs have a higher fat content, allowing them to stay juicier and moister while grilling over high heat. Not only that, but they're economical, too. Try out one of these other grilled chicken recipes, too.
Nutrition Facts
2 chicken thighs: 391 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 151mg cholesterol, 651mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 43g protein.


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  • Traci
    Jan 16, 2021

    This was better than expected and I was expecting something good! The only thing I did different was used 1/2 sherry and 1/2 chicken broth, might use all sherry next time! WHEN I make this again I think I will also use a little less soy sauce, I found it more salty than sweet!

  • Alan
    Nov 15, 2020

    This recipe is amazing! We changed it slightly by replacing the marinating step with putting it in a crockpot on low for 8 hours. Then we threw the chicken on a hot grille for just a couple of minutes per side. The chicken fell right off of the bone and because the chicken cooked in the marinade, we were able to use it over rice which was heavenly. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Sandy
    Oct 31, 2020

    Can you please tell me the ingredients. Ads are not allowing me to see some of them

  • Melissa
    Oct 9, 2020

    This is a family favorite.

    Sep 20, 2020

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  • Ella
    Sep 8, 2020

    I made it for my husband who is Hawaiian. He said it was delicious then he gave me his family recipe for Huli Huli chicken. This recipe will be made again.

  • Barbara
    Aug 29, 2020

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  • cynandtom
    Aug 9, 2020

    Fantastic flavorful chicken! Hubby and I both loved it. I halved the marinade and made 4 boneless breasts. I forgot to marinate it the night before, and it was still amazing. A definite easy keeper.

  • Catbird513
    Jul 29, 2020

    The only reason I gave this 2 stars is because the flavor of the sherry over powered the other tasty ingredients. I feel as though using the chicken broth would have been a better choice for me. Will be trying again.

  • Jellybug
    Jun 26, 2020

    We liked the marinade, I just added pineapple to it, because we love pineapple chicken. I added chicken breast along with the thighs.