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Grab some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, marinate them in this totally killer Hawaiian marinade and grill to give it that smoky deliciousness. Easy and perfect for summer grilling, Grilled Hawaiian Chicken
 

How Long Will Grilled Chicken Last?

Cooked poultry is safe refrigerated for 3-4 days and in the freezer for 2-6 months.

 
 
Grab some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, marinate them in this totally killer Hawaiian marinade and grill to give it that smoky deliciousness. Easy and perfect for summer grilling, Grilled Hawaiian Chicken!
 
 

I feel like Utah summers are way too short. Yes, the stupid snow can be beautiful, but 9 months out of the year!! COME ON! I really am so ready for consistently good weather, but I know it can snow until June so I’m always anticipating more yucky weather popping up during the summer. I made polynesian or grilled Hawaiian chicken thighs last week just to encourage summer to stick around. TAKE THAT UTAH!

Grab some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, marinate them in this totally killer Hawaiian marinade and grill to give it that smoky deliciousness. Easy and perfect for summer grilling, Grilled Hawaiian Chicken!

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

K, this chicken is awesome. Love the flavor, love the simplicity, love those grill marks. You could do this in the oven, but why not pull out the grill? We chose to serve ours with a little of the reserved marinade (this never touched the chicken) and we ate it over coconut rice. HOWEVER, anyone and I do mean anyone, can make this chicken. To quote my 5 yr old, “easy peasy lemon squeezy”. So stinkin’ cute.

What Side Goes With Grilled Hawaiian Chicken?

Choose side dishes to complement the light, fruity flavor of the chicken without overwhelming it.

We always do a side of grilled corn because it’s amazing and I think corn on the cob should be eaten as often as possible! Some other suggestions are, broccoli, rice, Hawaiian bread, and fruit.

Grab some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, marinate them in this totally killer Hawaiian marinade and grill to give it that smoky deliciousness. Easy and perfect for summer grilling, Grilled Hawaiian Chicken!

I would definitely use the chicken thighs over breasts, they are far more flavorful, and definitely take the time to let it marinate. You. Are. Welcome.

 

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

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Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

4.52 from 25 votes
Prep Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Grab some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, marinate them in this totally killer Hawaiian marinade and grill to give it that smoky deliciousness. Easy and perfect for summer grilling, Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 bunch of green onions chopped (save some for the top)
  • 1/4 cup white onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1 13.5oz can of coconut milk

Instructions

  • Remove any visible fat from the chicken thighs.
  • Whisk the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, onions, garlic, sesame oil, and coconut milk in a large bowl.
  • Pour 1/2 cup into a jar and reserve in the fridge for serving.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and marinate the chicken overnight.
  • Heat the grill to high.
  • Add the chicken and turn down to low.
  • Grill chicken at a low heat so that the marinade does not burn for 5-7 minutes per side or until done.
  • Serve over rice with many friends!
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 736 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 277mg92%
Sodium 3485mg152%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 64g128%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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42 comments

  • Using this for my recipe at work 🙂 hope the seniors will enjoy it. 

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    • Fingers crossed!! Let us know!

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  • what if im cooking for a big family like 10 pounds of chicken? do i just triple the ingredients?

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    • Yes! That is exactly what I would do!

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  • Trying tonight.. sounds great!! Thank you

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    • Enjoy!

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  • Could I get away with marinating it for only 7-8 hours? Reading this recipe in the AM and wondering if I can make it for dinner. 

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    • Absolutely!!

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  • Soy sauce in the recipe is it dark or light soy sauce 

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    • Hi Lin,
      We prefer light, low sodium soy sauce.

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  • can you use coconut juice in the place of coconut milk?glenda

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    • Hi Glenda, Unfortunately coconut juice wouldn’t quite work the same as you need the creamy coconut milk.

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  • Don’t get me wrong… I love chicken breasts, but thighs are so under rated. I would rather have a few good thighs than an average chicken breast. Your caramelization looks awesome here

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    • Could not agree with you more!

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  • Sometimes simple flavours are the best! Love this recipe, but am using brown rice to make coconut rice. I feel it is more wholesome. Love the prictures btw!

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  • I am not a ‘cook’, but my husband and I survive. This looks so good, I am going to stretch my culinary skills and try it, but with chicken breasts. We don’t care for dark meat. Wish me luck.

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    • Good luck!! I know you’ll love it as much as we do!

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  • Used this recipe recently for a BBQ for a birthday party – it was a big hit. Easy to make and oh so good. Followed the directions and couldn’t ask for a better marinade.

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    • Thank you so much for the sweet comment. We love this chicken and even bake it during the winter!

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  • yum,so yummy!!

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  • I’m getting some good stuffs here. This weekend is going to be so much fun!

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  • This looks delicious! I would like to try cooking some pineapple in the marinade to go with the chicken. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • I will definitely be trying this soon. I love the flavor combinations you have going on!

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    • Thank you so much!!

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  • This chicken looks delicious… We love Hawaiian chicken and your pictures are mouth watering!

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    • Tasha, thank you so much! I cannot get enough of that chicken!

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  • I spent a couple years in Hawaii as a kid and this was always one of my favourite dishes. The sauce is more or less “Huli Huli sauce” and it’s divine!

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    • Ahhhh, is that a better name for it? I totally want to try that now!

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    • Thank you so much! Can’t wait to check out your site!

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  • Oh yum! I love different takes on chicken as it can get boring very quickly!

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    • Amen. Thanks so much!

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  • your blog is beautiful, your pictures are great and this recipe looks SO delicious!!!

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  • Love your recipes !!!!

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • I will make his for sure but sub in pineapple juice for the coconut milk. Maybe even split to 7 0z each Can’t have Island chicken without pineapple.

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    • That sounds great! You could even make our coconut rice to go under it!

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  • I’m going to try it this weekend…even though you spelled “Hawaiian” wrong! 😉 Love the addition of coconut milk instead of the usual pineapple juice.

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    • oh my goodness! LOL!! And no one even mentioned it so I never noticed!!! LOL!!

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  • wow that looks so simple but delicious! you got a great char on that meat!

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  • Sounds delish! And I hate the freakin' long winters here, too. I would love for it to snow the week before and after Christmas, and then go away. I wish Fall lasted for 9 months of the year. That would be a dream!

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  • the color here is amazing, I bet super tasty.

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