Huli-huli chicken

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Huli-huli chicken is a grilled chicken dish in Hawaiian cuisine. Preparation involves basting the chicken constantly with a huli-huli sauce.[1]


Ingredients used in the dish can include:[2]

  • Chicken pieces
  • Ginger root, crushed
  • Garlic cloves, crushed
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Sherry or wine
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sesame oil
  • Ketchup
  • Honey
  • Worcestershire sauce

The primary ingredient of huli-huli chicken is actually a relative of our common domesticated chicken, bred with the Red Jungle Fowl, introduced to Hawaii by the Polynesians more than a hundred years ago. These chickens freely roam the Hawaiian Islands, and if they roam into urban areas, they are either killed by locals for food, or by the county (on Maui at least), who gas them at the local SPCA facility.

In the wild, however, feral chickens are protected. All wild birds are protected under State law. With respect to "wild chickens" or jungle fowl, we refer to them as chickens found in the wild, such as birds in Kokee area, or any wildland area.



  1. ^ "Huli Huli Chicken". Cook's Country magazine. June 1, 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  2. ^ Heckathorn, John (June 5, 2009). "Turn! Turn! Turn! How to make Huli-Huli Chicken". HAWAI'I Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
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