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Huli Huli Pineapple Chicken

Rated as 4.69 out of 5 Stars

"This Hawaiian BBQ is commonly found at roadside fundraisers. This recipe uses crushed pineapple and brown sugar for caramelized texture and wonderful flavor. And, if you are wondering, 'huli' is the Hawaiian term for 'turn.'"
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5 h 35 m servings 611
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Stir pineapple, brown sugar, shoyu, ketchup, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, garlic, and liquid smoke together in a pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced and thickened, about 30 minutes. Cool completely. Transfer 1 1/2 cups sauce to a bowl and refrigerate.
  2. Place chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour remaining sauce over the top; toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator, 4 hours to overnight.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade; discard used marinade.
  5. Cook chicken on the preheated grill until caramelized, about 5 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low and cook, turning and basting frequently with reserved 1 1/2 cups pineapple sauce, until no longer pink at the bone and juices run clear, 10 to 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Add or subtract ketchup, shoyu (soy), Worcestershire, ginger, garlic and/or brown sugar to taste.
  • For added flair, skewer chunks of marinated chicken and pineapple wedges and cook on the grill until cooked through.
  • Nutrition:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 611 calories; 30.1 20.3 60.9 239 911 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Have been making this for years and it is so accurate. Most Huli Huli recipes leave out the pineapple

Most helpful critical review

I had envisioned something extrodinary in my head so I was very disappointed.

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Have been making this for years and it is so accurate. Most Huli Huli recipes leave out the pineapple

Made this for a luau party. Since it was a potluck party I laid the boneless chicken tenders and boneless thighs in a couple baking dishes and baked at 400 until the biggest piece was 165*

Made it for the 4th of July picnic. Every raved about it. I would just add a it more ginger but other than that "it's a keeper" in the recipe folder.

I thought this was a very good recipe. I marinated it for about 5-6 hours and in my opinion is was not enough. Next time I will do a full 24 hours.

Love this recipe. Just used boneless breasts and they did great. Next time going to plan ahead a bit more and marinate overnight. Great Polynesian taste. Might also increase the marinade recipe ...

I loved this! I saved some of the marinade to use with chicken kabobs at a later date. Hubs thought it was good, but felt it needed a kick (he says that about everything though). I served this w...

My whole family loves this. I have made it many times now and it is always a big hit.

I have made both recipes on this site for the Huli Huli Chicken. They are both phenomenal. Please make the recipes exactly according to the directions. The chicken was flavorful and beautiful...

liked this a lot, used on boneless skinless breasts this time. Marinated overnight