Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken a staple dish in Hawaii.  Usually made on the grill, is a combination of sweet and savory flavors.  Huli huli means turn, turn.  And that is what you need to do every 10 minutes.  While baking or grilling the chicken, baste and turn or baste and huli huli.  The final outcome will be a very, very tender and delicious chicken.



You need to marinate the chicken overnight or at least 4 hours before cooking. The brown color is from the sugar in the marinade. I reserved a portion of the marinade, to baste the chicken while baking.




While looking for the ingredients in a huli huli recipe, I made the one from Mama Smith with some changes. You can  find her recipe here.  

Ingredients for Huli Huli Chicken:

1 whole chicken cut

1 C no sugar added pineapple juice

1/4 C heavy soy sauce or 1/2 C regular soy sauce

1/2 C brown sugar

1/3 C ketchup

1/4 C red wine

1 T grated ginger

4 garlic cloves

1 small dice onion

1/4 t dry mustard

1 T salt

1 T black pepper

1 T chili flakes


For the marinade, mix all the ingredients in a 1 gallon plastic bag. Reserve 1 cup of the marinade for basting.

Add the chicken and shake the bag to coat the chicken.

Refrigerate in the bag for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Next day or 4 hours later:

Heat oven to 375.F

Remove and drain chicken from the bag, and arrange in a sheet pan

Bake chicken for 30 to 45 minutes, basting with the reserved marinade and turn every 10 minutes.

Check for internal temp of 165.F

I served mine over brown rice.

6 thoughts on “Huli Huli Chicken

  1. Trish your daughter is going to love this. I`m doing it again tomorrow, for my friend of 43 years, Patricia, that is coming to visit me. Four people can easily eat from this recipe. And if you buy the chicken in bulk, when is on special you can do it anytime you want. Linking to The Southern Special. Thanks for your comment.


    • Hi Fabiola,
      I made this chicken yesterday and it was delicious. My daughter loved it. I was so glad she at it because she has not been eating well at school. My baby girl hates that school and she has been depressed about it. So, I was so glad she enjoyed the chicken. I didn’t have red wine…so I used red wine vinegar. I thought it would over power the other ingredients but it didn’t. Thanks for sharing it at The Southern Special. I will be featuring it at the next Linky party.

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      • Trish, I`m happy that you and your daughter enjoy the recipe. The original one add sherry instead of wine, but I change that ingredient, because is expensive and I did not have it at that moment. Because is so cost effective, is ideal to do for a big family or friends. And going back about your daughter school, she may get use to it later. She is also missing you and her home. tell her to embrace what she has at this very moment, and that time pass so fast, God bless and guide her.


  2. Hi Fabiola,
    This chicken looks delicious. I am pinning this. I am now co-hosting The Southern Special. I would love it if you would link this recipe up. I have been eating a lot of chicken lately because how economical it is…so this is a great recipe for me to try when my daughter comes to visit. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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