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A plate full of huli huli chicken and grilled pineapple.

Huli Huli Chicken

This huli huli chicken is chicken thighs marinated in a mixture of pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and spices, then grilled to tender perfection. A tropical meal that's easy to make and is sure to please any crowd!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 332kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 20 ounce can sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic minced
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced


  • Drain the pineapple, reserving 1 cup of the pineapple juice. Save the pineapple slices for later use.
  • Place the pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and sesame oil in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade in the refrigerator in a small bowl. This will be used later on to baste the chicken.
  • Stir the garlic and ginger into the large bowl of marinade. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour, or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the grill. Cook for 6-8 minutes per side or until chicken is done, basting occasionally with the reserved marinade.
  • Place the pineapple slices on the grill. Cook for 2 minutes per side.
  • Place the pineapple and chicken on a plate. Sprinkle with green onions, then serve.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 741mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.1mg