Embark on a culinary journey to the Hawaiian islands with this delectable Baked Huli Huli Chicken recipe. A dish that perfectly captures the essence of Hawaiian cooking, Huli Huli Chicken is an island classic, beloved for its sweet and tangy flavors. Originally crafted by Ernest Morgado in the 1950s, “huli” translates to “turn” in Hawaiian, a nod to its traditional rotisserie cooking style. This oven-baked version adapts the original method for easy preparation at home while preserving the dish’s iconic luau flavors. It’s an ideal choice for spicing up your dinner repertoire or for adding a tropical flair to your gatherings.
Enhance this savory dish with fluffy jasmine rice to absorb the rich sauce, and add a fresh green salad for a crisp contrast. For an authentic Hawaiian experience, serve with creamy macaroni salad and consider a side of grilled pineapple to highlight the tropical theme.
Oven-Baked Huli Huli Chicken Recipe
3 pounds of chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
Optional garnishes: fresh pineapple slices, sliced green onions, sesame seeds
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