Good Catch: Huli Huli Chicken

7 months ago

huli huli chicken

It’s never too late to learn a new way to roast your chicken. Huli huli chicken is a Hawaiian roasted chicken dish that’s in some ways similar to the Japanese teriyaki–thanks to the sweet soy basting sauce. It has a distinct burnish exterior due to the amount of sugar found in its sauce that caramelizes as it touches the fire. For less burning, we suggest you to use boneless chicken parts as they require less amount of time on the fire to fully cook.


Huli Huli Chicken

Recipe from the Best of the Best from Hawaii Cookbook

Photographed by Miguel Abesamis of Studio 100

Makes 5 servings


5 Chicken leg quarters

  • Salt and pepper, to season



¼ cup Tomato ketchup

¼ cup Soy sauce

½ cup Chicken broth

½ cup Pineapple juice

½ cup Brown sugar

1 Tbsp Grated fresh ginger

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Rinse chicken and drain. Cut off excess fat from the skin and make small incisions on the flesh to allow marinade to penetrate. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare marinade next by combining all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Pour about a cup of the marinade in a large mixing bowl, reserving the rest for basting. Add chicken to the bowl and massage the chicken until the pieces are completely coated with the marinade. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate chicken. Leave to marinate overnight for best results.
  4. When ready to cook, prepare charcoal until the coals or red and covered with a light ash. Grill chicken over coals, about 8-10 minutes per side, basting frequently with the sauce.
  5. Keep chicken warm by leaving the cooked pieces in a roasting pan covered with foil. Warm them up in a 400°F oven for 5-10 minutes just before serving. Serve Huli Huli Chicken with grilled fresh pineapple.


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