Hawaiian BBQ Chicken is just one of the many things you can have in Hawai’i. When we aren’t in Hawai’i, where do we get out Hawaiian food fix? Yes, there are some very popular Hawaiian food establishments on the main island. However, it doesn’t compare to the food from the islands. If anything, all it does is just temporarily please our cravings.



While growing up, there was this establishment at the Prince Kuhio Plaza Mall. My grandma would take me to this fast food restaurant there, I can’t remember the name of it now, but it served this amazing Hawaiian BBQ chicken with rice. I remember being in love with it and was constantly asking my grandma to take me there. But since those outings were more of a treat than an every day thing, I didn’t eat it much.


I decided to create my take on Hawaiian BBQ Chicken that I could have any time that I wanted. I can cook it anytime I wanted without needed to depend on my grandma to take me to a mall.



Whether you want to cook the chicken on a skillet or on the grill, it will come out great either way. I tried cooking it on both and I personally like how it tastes when the chicken is grilled. Just know that if you do not have access to a grill, you’ll be able to easily cook it on a skillet or even bake it in an oven.


Let me know if you decide to try this recipe! I’d love to know whether you used a skillet or a grill. Or any other comments you may have!


Ciao for now!


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Notes For Cooking


I use chicken breast for this recipe. You can also use chicken thighs if you want to.


Since chicken breast can be thick sometimes, I cut them in half horizontally so that it cooks more evenly.


I like to score my chicken when I marinate them. I find that scoring the chicken helps the flavors penetrate into the chicken more.


You don’t need to marinate over night, but if you want the best flavor, I would try to make this far in advance that would allow you to marinate overnight.


I use tamari in this recipe. tamari is just gluten-free soy sauce. If you don’t have tamari or don’t want to use tamari, you can use soy sauce.


Other Recipes


Spicy Korean Wings – If you want to have a great appetizer before eating your main course, try out these Spicy Korean Wings! They’re air fried instead of deep-fried and then drenched in a Korean-inspired sauce! Super delicious!


Passion Ice Tea – If you want a nice, simple drink to go along with your meal, check this one out! I can barely taste the difference!


Cost Analysis


Lastly, take a look at this cost analysis. It shows how much it costs to make this Hawaiian BBQ Chicken. We don’t realize it, but sometimes it so much cheaper to make things at home versus buying them at the store! Yes, sometimes it takes a while and sometimes it’s more convenient, but how can you deny that price?


Grill It or Skillet - Hawaiian BBQ Chicken!

Grill It or Skillet - Hawaiian BBQ Chicken!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Chicken, Rice, Grill, BBQ Chicken, Skillet
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 346kcal
Cost: $7.39


  • 1 lb Chicken Breast $2.99
  • 3/4 cup Tamari $2.04
  • 1/2 cup Sugar $0.73
  • 1 tsp Ginger $0.46
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper $0.02
  • Sprinkle of Paprika Optional $0.01
  • Sprinkle of Red Chili Powder Optional $0.01
  • 3 tbsp Oil $0.81
  • Furikake Optional $0.28
  • Salt to taste $0.02


  • Prepare the chicken breast by cutting and scoring them.
    If using chicken breast, I would advise cutting the breast in half horizontally. This will help the chicken to cook evenly.
    Scoring the chicken will help the marinade penetrate for deeper flavor.
  • In a bowl mix Tamari, sugar, ginger, garlic, salt, and ground black pepper together.
    If you decide to use it, sprinkle in paprika and red chili powder during this step as well.
  • Place the chicken breast in a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over it.
    Close the bag and swish it around to ensure that all the chicken is coated in the marinade.
  • Marinate the chicken for 4 - 5 hours in the refrigerator. PREFERABLY marinate the chicken overnight.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of oil to a pan.
  • Once the pan is hot, add 1 or 2 pieces of chicken.
    Be careful to not crowd the pan.
  • Flip the chicken once it has turned golden brown on the bottom.
  • Remove from heat when the other side is golden brown.
  • Serve hot with rice and enjoy!
    If you have furikake, you can also sprinkle that over your rice for even more flavor!


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Cost Analysis

Estimate: $ for servings or $ per serving.


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 2582mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg