Huli Huli Chicken

It’s that time of the year when we all gather outside and grill!  One of my most beloved chicken recipes has to be Huli Huli Chicken.  Huli Huli literally translates to “turn turn” in Hawaiian.  It’s a delicious recipe that reminds me of my childhood.  You can’t help but enjoy summer when you smell this cooking on the grill.

The chicken cooking on the grill……it smells so good guys!


  • 4-5 pounds of chicken thighs (You can use chicken breast but I think thighs are more wallet friendly and don’t dry out like breast can)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (or as us Islanders and Japanese call it: shoyu)
  • 1/2 plus 1/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  1. Combine all ingredients except for the chicken in a medium size bowl.  Mix well.
  2. Place chicken evenly in a deep dish
  3. Poke chicken with a fork to help marinade seep in
  4. Pour marinade over chicken to cover.  If you have any extra marinade place in a bowl and refrigerate.  You can use this to baste.  Just make sure you don’t use the marinade that already touched the raw chicken!
  5. Cover and put in refrigerator overnight or 24 hours, if possible
  6. Cook chicken on an outdoor grill
  7. Don’t forget to Turn Turn your chicken often!
Enjoy your taste of the islands!


  • Ashlee Christopher

    Oh my goodness looks sooo good! Can not freakin wait to try it! Hope you are having a good day girl. xoxox

  • April

    this chicken looks delicious!!!! Thanks for stopping by, looking forward to seeing more of your posts!!

  • Ellen B Cookery

    This marinade sounds super. I need to give this a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe on our blog hop recipe swap today!

  • Pammy

    Yum! Now following via blog hop!

  • Our family, two feet at a time

    YUM – this looks amazing. I know what I want to make this weekend!!

    MMmmm… thanks for linking up to this older post. I’m a new follower and didn’t discover this beauty in the archives.

  • Megan Seay

    Made this yesterday and it was delicious! I let the extra marinade simmer while I was cooking the chicken to let it thicken up, used it as a sauce and made a teriyaki-like chicken rice bowl! Family loved it.