Hawaiian Chicken Recipe

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce

This Grilled Hawaiian Chicken is so tender and delicious and it’s covered in the best sticky-sweet Pineapple Sauce! We make this chicken almost every week during the summer and it never disappoints!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Hawaiian
Keyword barbecue sauce, chicken recipe, grill recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marinate time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 480kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!



  • 6 pounds chicken thighs, bone in, skin on - about 12 thighs
  • cups soy sauce
  • cups water
  • 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil


  • 2 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha chili sauce


  • 3 green onions, green and white parts sliced thin



  • In an extra-large bowl whisk together the soy sauce, water, coconut milk, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and sesame seed oil.
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  • Add the chicken thighs and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
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  • In a large saucepan whisk together the pineapple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and Sriracha. Heat on high heat until boiling. Then, reduce to medium heat and simmer until the sauce is reduced and it has thickened (there should be about 1 cup of sauce), about 25 minutes.
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  • Transfer the sauce to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap (the sauce will thicken even more as it cools).
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  • 15 minutes before you’re ready to grill, turn all of the burners to high and cover the grill. Scrape the grill and lightly oil the grates with canola oil. Add the chicken, skin side up, cover the grill, and reduce the heat to medium-low (or around 325 degrees F). Cook until the meat registers 120 degrees F, about 15-20 minutes.
    How to Make : Grilled Hawaiian Chicken - Step 5
  • Flip the chicken so now the skin side is down. Cover and grill until the meat registers 170-175 degrees F, about another 15-20 minutes.
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  • Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and brush with half of the glaze. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve with extra pineapple barbecue sauce.
    Hawaiian Chicken Recipe


Serving: 1piece of chicken | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.6mg