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This Hawaiian Baked Chicken is a version of the popular Huli-Huli Chicken. It’s sweet and savory and so delicious! Make it in the oven anytime, or grill it outdoors in the summer months.

Hawaiian Barbecue Baked Chicken (Huli-Huli Chicken) - Chicken drumsticks and thighs that are marinated in a Hawaiian inspired sauce then baked to mouthwatering perfection

We were in Hawaii last week and I figured it would be the perfect time to start sharing some of my favorite Hawaiian-inspired recipes, like the Bacon & Pineapple Fried Rice I shared the other day.

Hawaiian Barbecue Baked Chicken (Huli-Huli Chicken) - Chicken drumsticks and thighs that are marinated in a Hawaiian inspired sauce then baked to mouthwatering perfection

Chicken recipes have always been a huge hit around here, and I know this one will be no different. It’s pretty versatile – you can make it with bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks like I did, or use boneless, skinless chicken breasts to make it a little healthier.

Hawaiian Barbecue Baked Chicken (Huli-Huli Chicken) - Chicken drumsticks and thighs that are marinated in a Hawaiian inspired sauce then baked to mouthwatering perfection
Hawaiian Barbecue Baked Chicken (Huli-Huli Chicken) - Chicken drumsticks and thighs that are marinated in a Hawaiian inspired sauce then baked to mouthwatering perfection

The marinade is a delicious combo of soy sauce, Worcestershire, honey, fresh ginger, pineapple juice, ketchup and garlic. Yum, right? The chicken is marinated for a couple of hours, or as long as overnight (the longer the better). The remaining marinade is cooked on the stove-top until it’s reduced into a sticky glaze to finish off the chicken. Heating the marinade and boiling it for at least 5 minutes kills any potential bacteria, however if you’re not comfortable with that, you could make a little extra and reserve it. I like reducing it to a thicker sauce on the stove.

Hawaiian Barbecue Baked Chicken (Huli-Huli Chicken) - Chicken drumsticks and thighs that are marinated in a Hawaiian inspired sauce then baked to mouthwatering perfection
Hawaiian Barbecue Baked Chicken (Huli-Huli Chicken) - Chicken drumsticks and thighs that are marinated in a Hawaiian inspired sauce then baked to mouthwatering perfection
Recipe
A plate of bbq chicken

Hawaiian Barbecue Baked Chicken (Huli-Huli)

5 from 2 votes
This Hawaiian Baked Chicken is a version of the popular Huli-Huli Chicken. It’s sweet and savory and so delicious! Make it in the oven anytime, or grill it outdoors in the summer months.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds skin-on bone-in chicken thighs and/or drumsticks
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons minces
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Instructions
 

  • Whisk together all ingredients except chicken in a small bowl.
  • Place chicken in a large ziploc bag. Pour the remaining marinade over chicken and massage to make sure marinade is coating all of the chicken pieces. Place chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Turn bag over at least once while marinating to ensure all pieces are coated evenly.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange chicken on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet, skin side up. Pour the marinade through a strainer into a small saucepan and place on the stove at medium heat. While the chicken is cooking, bring the marinade to a low boil and cook for at least 5 minutes, whisking often. Turn heat down to medium-low and continue cooking; whisking occasionally until sauce is reduced and thickened. It will continue to thicken as it sits.
  • Bake chicken for 30-35 minutes, or until juices are clear and chicken is no longer pink near the bone.
  • Turn chicken pieces over and baste with the cooked sauce about halfway through cooking time.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and turn on the broiler. Flip chicken over so the skin side is up and baste liberally with the cooked marinade. Place under the broiler for 5-7 minutes until skin is browned. Watch closely so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Remove from the oven and brush chicken pieces with the remaining sauce.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and pineapple chunks, if desired.

Notes

Thighs and legs might take different times to cook so a thermometer is always a safe bet.
Keyword baked chicken, barbecue chicken, huli huli chicken

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 28gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 731mgPotassium: 471mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 127IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Christine Titus says:

    Delish! Kids loved it, and it’s super easy to make. I served it with a macaroni salad and corn on the cob. YUM!