Grilled Hawaiian Chicken
Marinate this chicken to get the rich, sweet and sour sauce, then sizzle it on the grill. Grilled Hawaiian chicken is one of my favorite dishes! If you love grilling, Hawaii and chicken this grilled Hawaiian bbq chicken, grilled Hawaiian teriyaki chicken or grilled Hawaiian barbecue chicken in foil is the perfect combination for you.
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken
This is a definite recipe that you need to grill up this summer! Made with coconut milk, the smell of it will take you to a Hawaiian Island of your choice. Made with a rodizio grilled pineapple recipe. Everything turned out awesome and the flavor of the chicken was great! Everyone will love it and even the pickiest eater might eat the whole thing!
Bring Hawaii to your grill with this sweet and savory chicken. Marinate this chicken ahead of time and see how tender and juicy this chicken is grilled. With the sweet flavors from brown sugar, coconut milk to a savory sesame oil and soy sauce mixture, this marinade is all things Hawaiian. Grilled chicken is easy to make and comes together in minutes. Get ready to serve up a tender chicken with loads of flavor!
Hawaiian Chicken Marinade:
Each ingredient is mixed together to make the most delicious marinade. Place the marinade in a ziplock bag and add in the chicken then lay in the refrigerator overnight. This marinade is actually really good on pork chops, shrimp and some types of fish, like salmon. This tried and true favorite will become a summertime fave with how simple it is to make!
- Chicken: I used chicken breast for this recipe but chicken thighs will also work.
- Soy Sauce: This is a great base and soaks into the chicken.
- Brown Sugar: Adds a sweet flavor to the chicken.
- Green and White Onions: Chopped and adds a hint of spice.
- Garlic: Fresh is best but using a jar of minced garlic will work too.
- Sesame Oil: Along with soy sauce this will give it that Hawaiian feel.
- Coconut Milk: Smells and tastes like Hawaii!
How to Grill Chicken:
The best part about this chicken is that it keeps the amazing Hawaiian marinade flavor throughout the grilling process. This chicken is as tender and moist as it gets and will be a recipe that you grill up every year!
- Marinade: Mix soy sauce, water, brown sugar, onions, garlic, sesame oil, and coconut milk in a large bowl. Place chicken breasts in marinade. Let chicken for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Grill the Chicken: Grill chicken on a low heat so that the marinade does not burn for 5-7 minutes per side or until done. If you do not have a grill you can use a indoor grill pan.
- Serve: Serve over rice, garnish with green onions and top with a little extra soy sauce.
The Recipe Critic Pro Tip:
Before grilling clean you grill off then use a brush to grease the grill racks to avoid the chicken from sticking.
Depending on the size and thickness of each chicken will be different to grill. On average it is best to grill on low heat to avoid the chicken from burning. Only try to move the chicken on the grill once with a flip to avoid the chicken sticking or falling apart on the grill. It is best to use a meat thermometer when grilling. The average internal chicken temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Chicken Breast: Take about 5 to 7 minutes to cook on each side depending on the thickness of each chicken piece.
- Chicken Thighs: Trim the fat from a boneless, skinless chicken thigh and grill for about 6 to 8 minutes per side.
When ready to grill, prepare your grill by turning it on and cleaning it with a brush. Once the heat reaches about 350 degrees internally then add your chicken onto the clean grates.
- Preparing Chicken: If your chicken breasts are really thick, pound them to thin them out. It will reduce cooking time and help it to cook more evenly.
- Chicken: Boneless breasts (or thighs) make the best grilling chicken since they are lean and quick to make.
- Cleaning the Grill: Make sure your grill is clean before you begin and rub some oil on the grates to prevent the chicken from sticking.
- Grilling Chicken: You are aiming for a medium, indirect heat while grilling so that the outside of the chicken does not burn while you get the inside up to temperature. Cooking the chicken on a lower setting will keep the chicken from burning as well as keeping the skin on.
- Close Lid: Keep the grill closed while cooking. This will keep the heat in and allow the chicken to cook quicker and more evenly.
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken
Amazingly tender and juicy chicken in a Hawaiian marinade that grills up perfectly and keeps the flavor through out!
Prep Time 15 minutes.
Grill Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
- 4-6 chicken breasts boneless skinless
- 1/2 cup soy sauce low sodium
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 bunch of green onions chopped (reserve some for garnish)
- 1/4 cup white onion chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 can coconut milk 13.5 ounce
- Mix soy sauce, water, brown sugar, onions, garlic, sesame oil, and coconut milk in a large bowl. Place chicken breasts in marinade. Let chicken for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Grill chicken on a low heat so that the marinade does not burn for 5-7 minutes per side or until done. If you do not have a grill you can use a indoor grill pan.
- Serve over rice, garnish with green onions and top with a little extra soy sauce.
Updated on May 19, 2020
Originally Posted on July 23, 2012
Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1268mg | Potassium: 715mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg