My friend just got back from Hawaii and couldn’t stop talking about Huli Huli chicken. She was so excited about it that she searched all over San Diego so I could experience what she was talking about. When her search didn’t turn up exactly what she was looking for we decided to create our own version at my house. I am not claiming a completely authentic rendition of the Hawaiian specialty but I am guaranteeing happy diners at your next barbecue.
Huli Huli means “turn, turn” in Hawaiian. Originally this dish is cooked in a rotisserie, turning and turning until perfectly cooked. Since I do not possess a rotisserie I thought the Super Pot would be a perfect fit for the job. And my friend ended up thinking I’d cooked the chicken on an actual BBQ. I decided to forgo cooking an entire chicken and went for the great flavor and kid-friendly shape of drumsticks. No matter what part of the bird you use, it is important to marinate well and use a bone-in cut for full flavor. Although the recipe gets it’s name from “turn turn” I personally feel the reduced sauce that tops off this bird is the real star. I used my rice cooker to prepare the marinade and topping in a snap.
For the chicken:
10 chicken legs, skin on or 2 chicken halves
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger, grated
For the sauce:
2 cups pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup rice vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
2 tbsp red pepper flakes
To make the chicken: Sauté the ginger and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Place in a bowl with the soy sauce, water and chicken and let marinate for 1 -4 hrs.
Heat up your Super Pot to 350º F and brown chicken on all sides. Lower to 200º F and continue cooking for another 30 minutes with the lid on, turning occasionally.
If you are using half chickens, cook them skin side up for 35-40 minutes. Turn and cook, skin side down, for 5 minutes to get crispy skin and grill marks.
To make the sauce: Place all ingredients in your rice cooker and set to Steam for 30 minutes. Let reduce until thick, stirring occasionally. Drizzle on cooked chicken.
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