Huli Huli Chicken: Fun to say, even better to eat

July 30, 2009 · 18 comments

in chicken/poultry,dairy-free

I make a lot of lists. I really love checking things off a to-do list (in fact, I will often add something I’ve already done, or am in the process of doing, just so I can cross it off and feel more accomplished).

But there are some lists that I’ll probably never finish. Last year, I decided I wanted to watch every Academy Award best-picture winning movie ever and, since then, I have watched precisely zero that I hadn’t already seen. And then I decided I had to read every Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction and have maybe put the teensiest, tiniest dent into that list. (Don’t even get me started on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die spreadsheet that’s on my computer’s desktop.) Oh, and, since I like crossing things off lists, I told myself I would make a 101 things to do in 1001 days list.  After I came up with maybe 5 things I wanted to do, just thinking of 96 more made me tired. That project was dunzo.

But I’ve really, really been trying to do some damage on my recipes-to-try list. It’s hard because for every recipe I make, I star 26 others in my Google Reader, dog-ear 20 more in magazines and cookbooks, and save 40 to my recipe box on Epicurious. Tonight, I vowed to knock two off the list (the other will come soon, assuming it turned out because it *does* involve baking…).

As soon as I saw this chicken dish in the blog Ezra Pound Cake, I was salivating. The ingredients were right up my alley, and just the look of that charred, skin-on chicken was amazing.  Remembering I had some chicken legs in the freezer, I decided to make these tonight.

I wish I could have smoked this chicken because it would have only made it more awesome but I don’t have a smoker and the husband was not really in the mood to whip out the charcoal grill/smoke-type accessories on a weeknight. Still, it turned out fabulously using my broiler–which you know I love so much. I will definitely be making this again–and often–because it’s so simple and I always have the ingredients on hand.

1 recipe down, 349859059 to go…

Huli Huli Chicken

Serves 2
Adapted from
Ezra Pound Cake


1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup pineapple tidbits/chunks
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 knob ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 bone-in, skin-on chicken leg quarters (or 4-6 thighs)
1-2 tsp. canola oil

Preheat the broiler. Add the soy sauce through the Worcestershire sauce into a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Rub the chicken with the canola oil and then broil skin side up, about 6″ from the element, for 8 minutes. Flip and broil for another 8 minutes.  Brush the chicken with the glaze mixture and broil for an additional 16 minutes or so, flipping and basting every 4 minutes.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura July 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I saw this and drooled over it too. Looks great! Perfect summer meal.

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nina July 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Oh yes, those ingredients got me drooling to! You did a great job, the chicken looks yummee!!!

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Erin July 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm

This has been on my list too! It looks fabulous! One of my goals is also to watch every Best Picture movie. I’ve watched quite a few, but it’s a very intimidating list!

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cheffresco July 31, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Haha I am the exact same way about lists. People often make fun of me over it :) Anyways, my first time to your site – this looks great!

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Kerstin August 1, 2009 at 12:06 am

The crispy skin on the chicken looks so good! I’m the same way with recipes and I’m happy if I can get to one new one a week!

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Joan Nova August 1, 2009 at 7:24 am

Fun read Elly. Better you make a dent in your recipe list than one of the others or we wouldn’t have been treated to this delicious looking chicken. This would be one instance, where I’d forego the calorie/fat concerns and eat all the skin!

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Kanella August 1, 2009 at 7:57 am

You’re my broiler hero! I can see why the ingredient list got you drooling.

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Cara August 1, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Sounds so easy and delicious!

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Jackie at PhamFatale.com August 2, 2009 at 5:20 am

Beautifully prepared. I love chicken thighs. I find the meat to be so much more tender.

Check my Asian version at http://www.phamfatale.com/id_102/title_Soy-Sauce-Roasted-Cornish-Game-Hen-Ga-Mai-Ro-Ti/

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Sarah August 2, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I made this using chicken breasts and it was delicious!! I gave it a bit of a kick by adding cayenne pepper and hot sauce to the glaze. Yum! Thank you!!

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Erin August 4, 2009 at 7:48 am

This chicken sounds so good… but I mostly had to respond because I soooo know how you feel about having a million recipes to try! I have to try really hard to resist buying food magazines, as much as I love them, because I end up overwhelmed about all the recipes I want to try!

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Melissa August 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I can completely relate to the over-flowing google reader!
This chicken looks delicious, glad you could cross something off your list!:)

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Ann Marie August 5, 2009 at 12:27 am

I just made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge hit. Do you have any tips on adapting it for boneless, skinless chicken thighs?

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elly August 5, 2009 at 7:34 am

Hi Ann Marie! I broil b/s thighs all the time. They just don’t need to cook nearly as long. I’d broil them about 3-4 minutes per side and then add the glaze and broil another couple of minutes per side. You shouldn’t have to cook them more than about 10 minutes total.

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Angela August 9, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Just today, I posted a blog listing various recipes I want to try…I now need to update with huli huli chicken. Thanks for the recipe!

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JenniferP August 31, 2009 at 1:27 pm

It looks fantastic, I would like to put it in my mouth right now. Thanks!

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charcoal grill January 13, 2010 at 8:43 am

This is my favorite way to make chicken.

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christy July 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

The crispy skin on this chicken looks good. Good stuff. I will have to try your recipe in this weekend for my family. Thanks a lot.

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