Huli-huli chicken (Hawaiian Style Rotisserie Chicken)

This past weekend we made a whole chicken of huli-huli. Other than I miss huli-huli chicken, I saw a whole chicken at costco for a good price and thought of making it. Huli-huli means “turn turn” in Hawaiian. It’s basically rotisserie chicken and you can find this in side street in North Shore of Oahu. The smell of the chicken on the grill and the kiawe has never failed to make me droll. So, we tried to make it just to see how it goes.. and we did it! The chicken turned out well.

1 chicken, you can quartered them  or use 4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup shoyu or soy sauce
1/4 cup honey/ pineapple chunk/ I used maple syrup because I didn’t have honey. It worked out well.
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1 finger ginger, or about 1 tsp bottled crushed ginger
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
 and finally grated. I used bottled minced garlic, about 1 tsp.
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Mix all the ingredients together,  except for chicken. Wash chicken and remove the giblet. Use fork to pierce and tenderize the chicken. Pour marinade over chicken and turn it back and forth until chicken is covered with marinade. Set aside and let it marinade for overnight or 48 hours.

If you don’t have rotiserrie attachment, put on the grill for 1 ½ hour or until internal temperature of the bird reaches 160F- 165F. Make sure you put the chicken in one side, and the charcoal on the other side to prevent burning. Also, use mesquite (kiawe in Hawaiian) wood chips to enhance taste. Turning/ flip chicken (huli) often, and basting with marinade for about every 30 mins minutes.

If you don’t have a grill or prefer a quick and easy fix, you can roast the chicken at 325, for 1 1/2 hrs., basting chicken often with the marinade, and flipping the chicken often while cooking.

Serve it with mac salad. Yumm!!

That is it!! It’s quite easy.. and as hard as it sounds. Good Luck!!!


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