It is summer time and I love using my grill. I also love date nights. My husband and I recently had a Lilo and Stitch date night. To go with the movie we had a Hawaiian themed dinner, Lilo’s snack mix, and Homemade Dole Whips. I found this Grilled Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken and knew it would be perfect for the dinner. Huli Huli is a style of chicken preparation done by rotating or flipping the chicken over an open flame.
Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken
You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe but it may come out drier and not as good. The original recipe is double this size, so I cut the recipe in half and made some variations.
I made one mistake as I didn’t pre-soak the skewer sticks in water and the sticks kind of burned as you can see.
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup pineapple juice
- 1/8 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root paste
- 3/4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 1/2 LBS skinless boneless chicken thighs
- In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Reserve about 1/3 of it for basting, cover and store in the fridge.
- Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces.
- Layer pineapple piece, red pepper, and chicken onto a skewer.
- Place skewers in a 9x13 pan, pour marinade over chicken,
- Marinate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain and discard marinade.
- Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and use long handled tongs to coat the grill rack if your grill is not properly seasoned.
- Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink; baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes
I served this chicken with Yakisoba Noodles (you know the cheap ones for under $1) made with a sauce similar to the sauce they serve at Ohana’s with the lo-mien noodles. So the side is pretty frugal.
If you are looking for a grownup drink to accompany this, check out my POG Juice Mimosa recipe (aka known as grown-up Stitch Juice).
Lilo and Stitch and Stitch! The Movie is both on Netflix right now. You can also stream Lilo & Stitch from Amazon for just $3.99.
Recipe inspiration from Taste of Home.