Gluten Free Huli Huli Chicken (Grilled Hawaiian Chicken)

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Sweet and savory easy to make Hawaiian style BBQ chicken packed with tropical flavors from the islands.

Huli means “turn” in Hawaiian. It refers to the way the chicken is traditionally prepared by turning it while grilled. It is delicious... and above all: simple. Tender. Juicy. Delicious. It is so good!

Marinate the chicken for a couple of hours...or days... and then toss on the grill. Perfect for those Summer outings or gatherings!

Let’s make it!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Marinate: from 8 hours to 4 days

Cooking time: 30 minutes

I recommend using a grill to cook the chicken. If a grill is not available you can pan-sear the chicken and then bake it at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes. Broil for 5 minutes afterwards for a crispier skin.


  • 5 pounds of chicken leg quarters

  • 1 cup of ketchup

  • 3/4 cup of Tamari Reduced Sodium Gluten Free Soy Sauce

  • 1/4 cup of Kikkoman Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1/4 cup of honey

  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons of ginger powder

  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt

  • the juice of two lemons


Step 1: Prepare the marinade

  1. In a large non-reactive container mix the ketchup, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, ginger powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, sea salt, and the lemon juice.

  2. Whisk until incorporated. It should look like a semi thick sauce.

Step 2: Marinade the chicken

  1. Place the chicken in a large ziploc bag or non-reactive container.

  2. Pour 3/4 of the marinade over the chicken. Reserve 1/4 of it for later.

  3. Refrigerate for at last 8 hours. The longer you let the chicken marinate the deeper the flavor.

Step 3: Grill the chicken

  1. Set the temperature of you grill to 350 degrees F. If you are using charcoal, follow the instructions set in the package.

  2. Make sure you have greased the grill to avoid the chicken from sticking to it.

  3. Remove chicken from fridge and discard the marinade.

  4. Place the chicken skin down first. Let it cook for about 5 minutes before you "huli" or turn it. Cook for 5 minutes on each side and continue to turn until it is ready (about 25 minutes). Using a brush, frequently baste the chicken with the reserved marinade set aside earlier. This will ensure a nice dark color.

  5. Serve and enjoy!!!

Printable PDF with recipe below.

Huli Huli Chicken
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