Huli Huli Chicken


Huli huli chicken is a sweet and tangy marinade that creates the perfect glaze for grilled chicken. With chicken thighs, your chicken will be juicy with the perfect char. This easy keto chicken recipe uses a simple marinade to make the most delicious Hawaiian chicken recipe.

Huli Huli Chicken Recipe Video

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Huli Chicken Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup brown sweetener (monkfruit or erythritol blend)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ⅔ cup soy sauce or liquid aminos

Huli Huli Chicken Directions

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Keto Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

grilled marinated chicken on a blue plate sprinkled with parsley

This keto huli huli chicken recipe can be made with simple ingredients found in most keto pantries. To make this Hawaiian chicken recipe, all you need is boneless, skinless chicken thighs, golden monkfruit sweetener or other brown sugar replacement sweetener, unsweetened ketchup, apple cider vinegar, freshly grated ginger, minced garlic, and soy sauce or liquid aminos. Huli huli chicken should be grilled and basted with leftover marinade to get that ultimate huli huli flavor. The marinade will give the chicken a flavorful charred taste that your family will crave.

To keep this huli huli sauce keto, we don’t have pineapple juice because pineapple juice has too much sugar in it. We also use a brown sugar substitute like golden monk fruit or brown erythritol in place of the brown sugar.

holding a piece of grilled chicken with tongs

Why is it Called Huli Huli Chicken?

According to online sources, Huli Huli Chicken is a grilled chicken recipe invented by Ernest Morgado in 1955. These chicken thighs were originally made on a grill with a makeshift spit roaster, and people would shout ‘huli’ when the chicken was ready to be flipped. That is because, in Hawaiian, the word ‘huli’ means to turn. Morgado made his popular recipe at many fundraisers at churches and schools all around Hawaii and raised millions of dollars for different causes.

Keto Marinade

This version of grilled huli huli chicken is 100% keto-friendly. To make this recipe low-carb, we use golden monkfruit sweetener instead of brown sugar. The best keto replacement for regular ketchup, which contains added sugars, is the unsweetened ketchup from Primal Kitchen. While the recipe still uses soy sauce, you can use tamari sauce instead if you avoid gluten. You can even use liquid aminos if you want to decrease the carb count even further.

a summertime dinner spread of huli chicken, salad and dessert with two plates and some forks

Don't Have a Grill??

You can still achieve crispy, charred huli huli chicken by baking the chicken in an oven or in an air fryer if you don’t have a grill. If you want to bake this recipe in the oven, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and cook the chicken for 20 minutes. If you want to cook the recipe in an air fryer, set the air fryer to 360 degrees and cook for 12-15 minutes.

Storage and Meal Prep Tips

Marinated chicken is one of the easiest to store and meal prep. If you know you will be short on time, you can prepare the marinade ahead of time and use it when you are ready. You can also marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or store it in the freezer for even longer. Marinating the chicken for longer periods of time also helps the flavor infuse with the chicken and will create a stronger flavor. If you are looking to meal prep for the week, grilled huli huli chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. You can also freeze the leftover cooked Hawaiian huli huli chicken for longer.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Huli Huli Chicken

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 297
Fat 14g
Protein 39.1g
Total Carbs 5.7g
Net Carbs 5.4g

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  1. Thank you so much for the recipe! I have been watching your videos on You Tube for some time, along with others. The Huli Huli sauce is my new go to sauce! Really good, lots of flavor. I am definitely going to use with other proteins. Thanks again. Keep up the great work!

  2. We had this whole meal last week, it was the bomb! Specially the salad!! Yum ! yum! Dessert was awesome, Huli chicken was great! Plus there’s leftovers!!

  3. I’m the only one in my family who follows the Keto lifestyle. I made this recipe for the family and everyone asked me to make it again the same week. It will be a staple in our home from now on. Thank you!

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