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Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken is a sweet and savory Hawaiian dish that will soon become your favorite Air Fryer chicken recipe. Huli Huli means “turn turn.” If you don’t have a rotisserie, the Air Fryer is a great substitute.

Huli Huli Chicken

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Huli Huli Chicken Thighs

Key to Success #1 – Chicken Thighs For the Win

When making Huli Huli Chicken, I like to go with boneless skinless chicken thighs.

They are dark meat so they’ll stay plenty tender and they have plenty of meat on them.

They’re also an economical choice.

Boneless skinless chicken breasts would also be wonderful in this Huli Huli Chicken recipe.

You may need to adjust the cooking time or cut the chicken breasts in half so that they’ll cook quicker.

Huli Huli Chicken

Key to Success #2 – Let the Chicken Marinate

When I started mixing up the marinade for this Huli Huli Chicken, I started getting some curious family members in my kitchen saying “Something smells really good!”

I think that’s a great sign.

This marinade is sweet and savory and adds wonderful flavor to the Huli Huli Chicken.

After you mix up the marinade, put it into a zip-top baggie with the chicken and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours.

Let the chicken marinate for longer, up to 8 hours, if you have time.

Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

Key to Success #3 – Watch your Huli Huli Chicken Carefully

Huli Huli Chicken Thighs cook in the Air Fryer in just a few minutes.

I cook chicken thighs for 10 minutes on one side then turn them over and cook for about 8 minutes on the other side.

You can check the internal temperature of your chicken thighs using a food thermometer.

Poultry should be cooked to at least 165 degrees F.

The marinade on this Huli Huli Chicken is on the sweeter side so you should get a nice glaze on your chicken.

It really has a great flavor that you will not want to miss.

Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

Give this Huli Huli Chicken recipe a try. I think your family will be impressed.

Save this Huli Huli Chicken recipe to your favorite Hawaiian Food board or your Air Fryer board.

Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken
Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken

Yield: 24 thighs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 33 minutes

Huli Huli Chicken is a sweet and savory Hawaiian dish that will soon become your favorite Air Fryer chicken recipe. Huli Huli means "turn turn." If you don't have a rotisserie, the Air Fryer is a great substitute.


  • 4-5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic


  1. In medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the chicken to make a marinade. Stir well.
  2. Place chicken thighs in a plastic zip-top bag. Pour marinade into the bag then turn to coat the chicken.
  3. Place plastic bag into refrigerate and allow chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat Air Fryer to 360 degrees F.
  5. Remove chicken from bag and discard remaining marinade.
  6. In batches, place chicken in greased Air Fryer basket and cook 10 minutes. Carefully turn chicken over and cook 8 more minutes. Check for doneness and cook additional 2-5 minutes if needed.


Diabetic Substitutions:

  • Try reducing brown sugar to 1/2 cup
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 529mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 23g

Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.

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Thursday 20th of August 2020

My husband loves crispy skin so I wanted to try your recipe. No mess with the air fryer and quick too! The marinade was awesome, put the thighs in the morning and you won’t be sorry. Mahalo!


Friday 21st of August 2020

Thank you for the kind message. I'm so glad you loved the chicken recipe. New family favorite!

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