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Hawaiian BBQ Grilled Chicken

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


This Maui BBQ Chicken is marinated overnight in a sweet and savory sauce. Then, it’s grilled to tender perfection. Serve with rice or mac salad for a delicious Hawaiian style meal.


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 piece (about 1-inch) fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup regular strength soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TB Asian sesame oil
  • table salt
  • 810 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (thighs are recommended for flavor and tenderness)
  • Optional: freshly chopped green onions or cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the onion, garlic, ginger, pineapple juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and Asian sesame oil. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and marinade is well incorporated.
  2. Use paper towels to thoroughly pat-dry the chicken pieces. Place chicken in a single layer on a cutting board, place a sheet of cling wrap over the chicken, and pound to an even thickness. Throw out cling wrap. Use a fork to pierce chicken pieces throughout. Lightly sprinkle chicken thighs on both sides with table salt.
  3. Place chicken in bowl of marinade. Toss to completely coat chicken pieces with marinade. Cover and chill overnight, or up to 2 nights. Be sure to turn chicken pieces over halfway through, if all pieces aren’t completely immersed in marinade.
  4. Oil and heat grill to medium-high. Remove chicken from marinade and grill (basting with marinade as desired) just until center is no longer pink, taking care not to over-cook. Serve immediately, garnished with chopped green onions or cilantro as desired.


I like to make extra marinade to freeze for future use. Just be sure to place in a freezer proof container and lay cling wrap directly over the marinade to avoid freezer burn. It’s an easy way to have a delicious marinade at the ready!
This dish is fantastic with Hawaiian Mac Salad!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: main, dinner