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These Huli Huli chicken skewers are the perfect summer grilling recipe.  Sweet marinade on savory chicken with a drizzle of creamy sriracha sauce take you on tropical gateway. It’s a nice departure from my traditional BBQ flavors and definitely something I will be making over and over again.  

Step 1: How to make the best Huli Huli sauce.

A Hawaiian delight, this Huli Huli sauce and marinade is the perfect combination of savory spices and tropical fruity flavors.  

In a mixing bowl, add ketchup, brown sugar, pinapple juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger paste, minced garlic, sesame oil and Dad’s All Purpose rub.  Whisk the ingredients together and set aside.

Huli Huli Sauce

Dad’s Seasonings

Must have grillin seasonings!

Step 2: Prep the Chicken Skewers.

For this recipe, I went with chicken thighs.  I personally prefer thighs over breast as they are fattier and have more flavor. That said, feel free to use whichever cut you like most. Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes and toss them in a ziplock bag. Next pour 3/4 of the Huli Huli sauce over the chicken.  Close the bag and message the marinade over the chicken cubes making sure to cover all pieces.  Set it in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour.

Chicken Marinade

Next, skewer the individual chicken pieces onto a skewer stick and these are ready to hit the grill.

Recipe Tip

  • If using  wooden skewers, soak them in water so they can absorb the moisture and not burn during the cooking process.  I recommend using metal skewers.  They are reusable and durable.

Step 3: Grill the Huli Huli chicken skewers.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken Skewers

Set the grill to high direct heat at 450 degrees and place the marinade Huli Huli chicken skewers on the grill.  Flip every minute for a total of 10 minutes or until the meat reaches 175 degrees internal temp.  Before serving, brush the skewers with the remaining huli huli sauce and leave them on the grill for another minute allowing the sauce to caramelize over the chicken. Finally, once removed and rested, drizzle some sriracha mayo over the top for some heat to counteract the sweetness. Enjoy!

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What cut of steak should I use?

Type of steak depends on what you are trying to grill up. For hot and fast look for cuts with good marbling like a ribeye or NY strip. If you are cooking a roast or stew, look for cuts that are cheaper and meatier like a chuck roast.

Can I use chicken breast instead?

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Huli Huli Chicken Skewers

These Huli Huli chicken skewers are the perfect summer grilling recipe.  Sweet marinade on savory chicken will take you on tropical gateway.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients 

  • 2 lbs Boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha mayo

Huli Huli Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp Minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Dad's All Purpose rub

Instructions 

  • To make the Huli Huli sauce, in a mixing bowl, add ketchup, brown sugar, pineapple juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger paste, minced garlic, sesame oil and Dad's All Purpose rub.  Whisk the ingredients together and set aside.
  • Cut chicken thighs into 1 inch cubes and toss them in a ziplock bag.
  • Pour 3/4 of the Huli Huli sauce over the chicken. Close the bag and message the marinade over the chicken cubes making sure to cover all pieces.  Set it in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Skewer the individual chicken pieces onto a skewer stick.
  • Set the grill to high direct heat at 450 degrees.
  • Place the marinade Huli Huli chicken skewers on the grill.  Flip every minute for a total of 10 minutes or until the meat reaches 175 degrees internal temp. 
  • Brush the skewers with the remaining huli huli sauce and leave them on the grill for another minute allowing the sauce to caramelize over the chicken
  • Rest for 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle grilled chicken skewers with sriracha mayo.
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I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night! I recommend making extra everyone love this recipe. I added a sprinkle of sesame seeds and green onions and served with a warm baguette and roasted cabbage!