Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken

6 servings


20 minutes

active time

4 hours 40 minutes

total time


½ cup light brown sugar, packed

½ cup ketchup

1 cup canned pineapple juice (do NOT use fresh pineapple juice)

½ cup light soy sauce

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon grated or minced fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

4 pounds boneless chicken thighs (skin removed)

Fresh pineapple slices (to serve as a side)

Olive or vegetable oil (for the grill)

Sliced green onions, for garnish (optional)


In a large resealable bag, mix brown sugar, ketchup, canned pineapple juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, paprika, and ground black pepper until evenly combined.

Reserve ½ cup of the marinade and store in the fridge for later (you will use this to brush the chicken).

Add the chicken to the marinade in the resealable bag, making sure it’s all coated evenly. Seal the bag and marinate in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours or preferably overnight.

Remove the marinated chicken from the fridge and let it sit on the counter for about 20 minutes prior to grilling. Meanwhile, get a grill preheated and brush the grill grates with oil.

Cook the chicken: Grill chicken for 6 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for about 3 minutes. Baste the chicken with the reserved ½ cup of the marinade, then flip again and cook for another 1-2 minutes on each side at a time. Repeat until fully cooked through in the center. They should cook for about 15-16 minutes total. Remove from grill and let it rest for 10 minutes. Note: In order to avoid cross-contamination, only use the reserved marinade to brush the chicken.

Grill the pineapple sliced on both sides until you get grill marks.

Serve the chicken with the grilled pineapple and garnish with green onions. Enjoy!


Serving Size



826 kcal

Total Fat

50 g

Saturated Fat

14 g

Unsaturated Fat

32 g

Trans Fat

0.3 g


296 mg


1575 mg

Total Carbohydrate

41 g

Dietary Fiber

2 g

Total Sugars

35 g


52 g

6 servings


20 minutes

active time

4 hours 40 minutes

total time
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