Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken – DANGEROUSLY good!!! Chicken thighs marinated in brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, sherry, ginger, and garlic. Let the chicken marinate all day and grill. We ate this twice in one week. It was seriously delicious!! Can use chicken breasts or tenders instead of thighs.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken - DANGEROUSLY good!!! Chicken thighs marinated in brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, sherry, ginger, and garlic. Let the chicken marinate all day and grill. We ate this twice in one week. It was seriously delicious!! Can use chicken breasts or tenders instead of thighs.

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This Grilled Huli Huli Chicken was the best thing we ate last week. Chicken Legs loves chicken thighs, so when I came across this recipe in one of my old cookbooks I knew I had to make it for him. It was SO good that we actually made it twice in one week!

The chicken is marinated all day in a quick Hawaiian BBQ sauce made of ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sherry. It is seriously delicious! I used dried ginger in the marinade, but feel free to use fresh ginger. I am not a huge ginger fan, so I didn’t use a lot. If you love ginger, bump it up in the marinade. The bbq marinade has cooking sherry in the mixture. If you aren’t a fan of sherry, you can swap it for some chicken broth. It will still taste delicious!

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken - DANGEROUSLY good!!! Chicken thighs marinated in brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, sherry, ginger, and garlic. Let the chicken marinate all day and grill. We ate this twice in one week. It was seriously delicious!! Can use chicken breasts or tenders instead of thighs.

We used chicken thighs in this recipe. If you aren’t a fan of chicken thighs, feel free to use chicken tenders or breasts. I am going to make it with chicken tenders this weekend. YUM! Make sure to brush the chicken with all the reserved sauce right before you pull it off the grill – the sauce is way too good to waste!

We served it with some macaroni salad and asparagus. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this bbq grilled chicken:

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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Grilled Huli Huli Chicken – DANGEROUSLY good!!! Chicken thighs marinated in brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, sherry, ginger, and garlic. Let the chicken marinate all day and grill. We ate this twice in one week. It was seriously delicious!! Can use chicken breasts or tenders instead of thighs.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp ketchup
  • 6 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Tbsp sherry or chicken broth
  • ½ tsp dried ginger
  • tsp minced garlic
  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 2.5 pounds

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Reserve 1/2 cup for basting; cover and refrigerate.
  • Pour marinade over chicken and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. (I put the chicken and marinade in a gallon ziplock bag)
  • Remove chicken from marinade and grill until done, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Baste chicken with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Notes:

Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – breasts, tenders, or thighs,
Can use bone-in chicken if you prefer.
Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Steph

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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken - DANGEROUSLY good!!! Chicken thighs marinated in brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, sherry, ginger, and garlic. Let the chicken marinate all day and grill. We ate this twice in one week. It was seriously delicious!! Can use chicken breasts or tenders instead of thighs.
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  1. I make this recipe on a regular basis. It’s a family favorite and asked for at our BBQs. So glad I stumbled across this gem a couple years ago. One BBQ we tried adding crushed pineapple to the marinade. OMG it was awesome. We’ve been adding it ever since. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. so easy to make!! I only had bone in chicken thighs.. so that’s what I used! tossed the frozen thighs in the marinade the night before. i flipped them over a couple of times to make sure every side was coated well. thawed in fridge overnight. Grilled low and slow on the grill until done. I basted them with some of the marinade I set aside(never touched the raw chicken!). kids ate every single bite. I made 8 thighs, thinking I’d have leftovers. NOPE!

  3. Just had my first taste of huli huli chicken from a street side vendor in Maui. What a treat this was! Will definitely being making this when we get home to Cali.

  4. Just had my first taste of Huli HulI chicken from a roadside vendor in Maui. What a treat this was. If this recipe is like what I just ate, I’ll be eating it every week!!! It is sooooo good

  5. Great flavor. I used chicken breasts because that's all I had but they were a bit to dry. Will definitely try again using the thighs. Will probably also add a little heat like Sambal Oelek (chili paste) to the extra sauce for basting. Very easy recipe. Thank you

  6. This was seriously soooooooo good. I could only fit 10 pieces in my bag. They were a little big. I doubled the sauce though. Half to marinade and the other half to pour over when done. I love it poured over rice. Its even better the next day. Definitely making this again and again. So easy to prepare as well. Thank you so much!

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