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Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

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Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken is a savory and sweet dish that can quickly make you feel like you’re sitting in a beautiful paradise. Originating in Hawaii, this pineapple puree, brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, and spices all meld together to bring you a delish chicken recipe with so much flavor.

Air fried huli huli chicken on a white plate with white ride and broccoli.

Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

Why You’ll Love This Huli Huli Chicken in the Air Fryer

  • Air Fryer recipes are so much faster to make than many of the traditional versions without losing any of the flavor or texture.
  • Cooking with chicken thighs is an affordable dish that packs a punch of flavor from the meat and sauce.
  • You only need a handful of basic ingredients from the kitchen to get this recipe going!
  • Make a double batch of this tasty chicken and serve it various ways- perfect for sticking to a meal plan.
  • This is the perfect summer recipe to enjoy by the pool or out on the back porch watching the sunset.

Make yourself a Blue Hawaiian to sip on with before your chicken and you’ll have a complete meal with a Hawaiian flair!

For another yummy Air Fryer chicken recipe, check out this crispy Air Fryer Panko Chicken Thighs recipe.

Air fryer huli huli chicken on a white plate with white ride and broccoli.

 

What Does Huli Huli Mean?

Huli Huli means turn turn. This Hawaiian Chicken recipe is traditionally made on a rotisserie over a giant fire pit that is constantly being rotated to get that chicken perfectly cooked

However when you don’t have one available, using the Air Fryer is the next best way!

Recipe Ingredients

Grab these simple ingredients to whip up this easy dinner!

CHICKEN THIGHS: I prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs. Chicken thighs give you plenty of meat and plenty of juicy, tender dark meat to enjoy. You can also use boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders if you want, but they will need adjustment in your cook time.

BROWN SUGAR: Using this brings the sweet part to this recipe.

SOY SAUCE: Use regular soy sauce or low sodium soy sauce.

KETCHUP: Part of the base of the sauce that really brings out the flavor.

PINEAPPLE PUREE: This also brings sweetness to the sauce but also is the fruity flavor that helps transport you to paradise. You can add pineapple juice and pineapple chunks to a food processor to make your own substitute if needed.

SPICES: Ground ginger, minced garlic and chili flakes pull this sauce together. Those yum chili pepper flakes are what bring a little heat to this huli huli sauce.

Air fryer huli huli chciken ingredients displayed on counter top.

 

How To Make Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

Get the full recipe instructions for this Hawaiian recipe in the recipe card below.

STEP 1: In a small bowl or a food processor, mix your soy sauce, ketchup, pineapple puree, ginger, fresh garlic, and chili flakes together.

All spices for air fryer huli huli chicken sauce inside a food processor.

 

STEP 2: Place your chicken in a glass baking dish and cover with the Huli Huli sauce. Add plastic wrap on top and marinade your chicken thighs in this delicious sauce for 3 hours in the refrigerator. If you can, marinate overnight. Marinated chicken is so flavorful, the longer you can marinate it, the more flavor it will pack.

Raw chicken in a baking pan marinating in huli huli sauce.

 

STEP 3: Remove chicken thighs from the marinade. Working in batches, add your chicken thighs to your Air Fryer basket. Do not overcrowd your chicken, the fryer needs room to circulate the hot air sufficiently around the thighs, so keep them in a single layer.

Huli huli chicken inside the air fryer basket.

 

STEP 4: Cook your chicken at 380°F for 18 minutes, flipping them over to the other side halfway through. Using an instant read thermometer, make sure the internal temperature of your chicken reaches 165°F. Adjust cooking time if needed.

This is an awesome air fryer chicken recipe and you’re family will love it!

A piece of air fryer huli huli chicken on a fork.

 

Can I use Another Type of Chicken?

Sure! This recipe works with other types of chicken pieces.

You could use boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders, but they require a different cook time as they cook a little faster. You’ll need to watch closely and adjust accordingly. Always use your meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is fully cooked.

What To Serve With Huli Huli Chicken?

Wondering what to serve with this Hawaiian Huli Huli chicken recipe? Serve your favorite sides or here are some great ideas for a side dish:

  • Serve chicken with a coconut rice dish and vegetables, such as broccoli, with a side of fresh pineapple to complement the sauce.
  • Serve this juicy chicken sliced up on top of noodles and drizzle with the half of the sauce you kept when making a double batch.
  • Enjoy this chicken with white rice and extra sauce.

Pro Tip: Make a double batch of sauce. Use half the sauce to marinate the raw chicken in a ziploc bag. Use the reserved sauce to drizzle over the chicken and sides you serve it with. Make sure the sauce you use on the raw chicken is thrown away and not reused.

Huli Huli sauce in food processor.

 

How To Store Air Fried Huli Huli Chicken

You can store any chicken leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftovers should last 3-5 days.

Freezing leftovers is an option too. Place your cooked Huli Huli chicken in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat Leftovers

Reheat your Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken in the Air Fryer on 380°F for 8 minutes, checking the doneness halfway through. Some large thighs may require more or less time so keep an eye on your chicken.

 

 

More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes to Love

Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Air Fryer Panko Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken

 

Making Huli Huli Air Fryer Chicken at home is a great way to bring Hawaiian food to your kitchen and will become your new go-to dinner recipe this summer with its fantastic flavor and versatility.

Yield: 4

Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

Air fried huli huli chicken on a white plate with white ride and broccoli.

Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken is a savory and sweet dish that can quickly make you feel like you're sitting in a beautiful paradise. Originating in Hawaii, this pineapple puree, brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, and spices all meld together to bring you a delish chicken recipe with so much flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Marinade Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple Purée
  • 3 tablespoons of Ground Ginger
  • 3 tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Flakes

Instructions

  1. Mix soy sauce, ketchup, pineapple puree, ginger, fresh garlic, and chili flakes together.
  2. Place chicken in a glass baking dish and cover with the Huli Huli sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinade for 3 hours minimum in the refrigerator.
  3. Place marinated chicken thighs in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  4. Cook at 380°F for 18 minutes, flipping the chicken thighs over after 9 minutes. Use an instant read thermometer, to make sure the internal temperature of your chicken reaches 165°F. Adjust cooking time if needed.

Notes

See recipe post for variations and tips.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 839Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 415mgSodium: 3652mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 2gSugar: 56gProtein: 88g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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