Huli Huli chicken is a very popular food staple in Hawai’i, packed full of flavor. If you’re a fan of big ginger flavor, you’ll enjoy this dish. Huli is the Hawaiian word for ‘turn’. The method of cooking this dish is turning it as a whole chicken over a makeshift spit.


Huli Huli Chicken


One of my aunts had initially asked me to make this dish. Once I figured it out, I brought it to her that same day for her to taste test. She had told me that she was craving and missed having huli huli chicken. From then on, I was on a mission to try to re-create the dish she was missing.



While I was trying to figure out how to make huli huli chicken, I of course turned to the internet for some guidance. Traditionally, this dish is cooked over a makeshift spit. I remember thinking to myself, “well, I’m definitely not going to make it this way”. However, if you do have the means of making one OR have some sort of rotisserie for your grill, try it out!



Let me know in the comments down below if you plan on trying this recipe out. I would love to know what you think. Also, what is your favorite dish? Mine is spam musubi, of course.


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Tips On Making Huli Huli Chicken


I believe I used chicken breast for the huli huli chicken recipe. You can also use chicken thighs if that is what you have.


Take the time to marinate the chicken. If you HAVE to have huli huli chicken the same day you marinate it, at least make sure it has sat in the marinade for 2-4 hours. If not, marinate it overnight.


I cook this on my stovetop, but you can also grill it if you feel like busting out your charcoal and grill.


Before adding the chicken into the marinade, set some aside in a separate container to use for basting.



If you feel like having a Hawaiian feast, check out these other recipes below! All of them are super good!


Spam Musubi – One of my personal favorite snacks! Super easy to make and super duper tasty. I promise you, you won’t be able to just have 1!


Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken – Another great dish from the Islands. Serve with hot rice. Just a tip: drizzle some of the broth over your rice. You won’t be disappointed.


Hawaiian BBQ Chicken – If you end up grilling the Huli Huli chicken, you can throw this on the grill as well! Another great chicken recipe!

Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Easy, Chicken, Tasty, Ginger
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 438kcal


  • 2 large Chicken Breast sliced in half
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Tamari You can also use Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Ginger
  • 1 Garlic
  • 11 Oil
  • Green Onions optional



    Chicken Prep

    • Carefully slice chicken breast horizontally down the middle.
    • Lightly score chicken pieces.


    • In a bowl mix brown sugar, ketchup, ginger, garlic, tamari, and pineapple juice.
    • Mix well.
    • Add chicken into a large ziplock bag.
    • Pour marinade over the chicken.
    • Seal the ziplock bag. Swish the marinade around.
    • Marinate for 24 hours.
      If in a rush, marinate for at least 2 - 4 hours.


    • In a warm skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil.
    • Once it is hot, add chicken to the skillet. Cook on one side for 4 minutes until golden or cooked through.
      Be careful to not overcrowd the skillet. I usually cook 2 pieces at a time.
    • Flip and cook for 4 minutes until golden.
    • Flip again and brush some marinade on top of the chicken. Cook for an additional minute.
    • Flip and brush marinade on top. Cook for an additional minute.
    • Remove from heat.
    • Rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing into the chicken.
    • Serve hot with a side of rice.


    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.


    Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 2040mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg