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Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken

If there’s one grilled chicken to try, it’s Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken. “Huli-huli” means “turn-turn” and was well known as a “Hawaiian-only” food. Not anymore ’cause the secret’s out. Make this tender, mouthwatering chicken easily at home. 


Well, guys, we’re down to the wire.

Labor Day weekend is just a couple days away, shouting out loud and clear that summer is over. 🙁

Nobody really cares that Miss Almanac touts September 22 as the last day of summer. That’s just formality. Fall becomes unofficially inducted the Tuesday after Labor Day.

On that bittersweet day, every last kid will be back in school. Many kiddos have been back at the school desk for a couple weeks already, says my daily FB feed.

So let’s do this last hurrah right, shall we??


Yes, yes, we shall. We shall do this last hurrah. And we will do it SO right.

We’ll celebrate the last of summer in a big, yummy, delicious way. [Possibly game-changing way.]

We’ll BBQ and grill and cook-out to our summery hearts’ content.


We’re grasping every last wisp of summer with this Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken.

Food nerd note: Huli Huli refers to the turn-turn grill method used in Hawaii. This particular recipe for Hawaiian BBQ chicken was known as a Hawaii-only food when it first hit the scene back in the 1950’s, and quickly became a huge hit (you’ll see why when you taste this.)

Thankfully, it’s a secret no longer and we can all enjoy this crazy-delish chicken on our own grills, whenever the craving for really good chicken comes calling.

Our family loves this recipe so dang much, we are certain you guys will flip (turn-turn) over it.


Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken is tender, savory, BIG on flavor, healthy, and scarf-down worthy.

Here’s to the best last-hurrah recipe of the season.


Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken

3.67 from 3 ratings
If there's one grilled chicken to try, it's Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken. "Huli-huli" means "turn-turn" and was well known as a "Hawaiian-only" food. Not anymore 'cause the secret's out. Make this tender, mouthwatering chicken easily at home. Be sure to give it plenty of marinade time.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6


  • 3 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts or thighs, thighs will be a bit more tender
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup regular soy sauce
  • ¼ cup sherry
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: green onions, sliced thinly for garnish over cooked chicken


  • Towel dry the chicken pieces well. Use a fork to pierce chicken pieces throughout.
  • In a bowl, combine all remaining ingredients to make the marinade. Reserve 2/3 cup of marinade for a basting sauce. Pour rest of marinade over towel dried/pierced chicken pieces in a large bowl, turning chicken to thoroughly coat well. Cover and chill overnight, or at least 8 hours. Turn once or twice during marinade time to ensure even marinating.
  • Drain/discard used marinade from chicken pieces. Grease grill and heat to medium high heat. Grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side, or just until center is no longer pink; do not over-cook. Baste with the 2/3 cup reserved sauce during the last couple of minutes during grill time (if you start basting too early, it will be more likely to burn.)
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Hawaiian

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Source: Chew Out Loud

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Recipe Rating


    • Lisa G
    • 5 stars

    I’ve been using this recipe for quite some time now! The minute the weather starts getting warmer, my family is requesting Huli-Hulu Chicken! Thanks for a GREAT recipe!!!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Lisa! And you’re so welcome 🙂

    • Lynne

    What type of sherry do you use? Cream sherry or dry sherry?

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Lynne! I use dry sherry. Hope you love it 🙂 Have a great remaining summer!

    • Michelle

    What kind of Sherry did you use? Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      Michelle, I use any kind of dry sherry. Sometimes I get it at Trader Joe’s, but any major grocery store should carry it. Hope you enjoy it,

    • Pamela Byington

    I don’t want to use any alcohol at all, what can I substitute? Thank you

      • chewoutloud

      Pamela, you can use chicken broth if you like. It might not taste exactly the same, but will still be yummy 🙂 Enjoy and thanks for being here today!

    • Shanna McNally
    • 5 stars

    Just wanted to say, I made this last Saturday and it was a huge hit in my house Even my husband who is not a giant fan of grilled chicken (he finds it dry) had two servings. That’s about as big a compliment as you can hope for, lol.

      • chewoutloud

      YAY, so happy to hear you guys liked it, Shanna! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to come over and letting us know…yippee!

        • Teresa Emenheiser

        What can you use in place of Sherry? I never use this.

        • Teresa Emenheiser

        what could you use in place of Sherry? I don’t have that or typically buy it.

          • chewoutloud

          You can use cooking wine in place of sherry. Hope you love it! 🙂

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