This Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken is the real deal. The sweet and savory Hawaiian teriyaki marinade is THE best and SO easy to make.
Grilled Hawiian Teriyaki Chicken was one of my favorite things to eat in Hawaii. It is tender, flavorful, and goes great with any Hawaiian dish. You almost can’t have a luau or Hawaiian party without having teriyaki chicken… and maybe some Spam. <insert crying-laughing emoji here because it is funny.. but totally true> Some people can’t quite seem to get grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken right, and let me tell you why…
The secret for perfect Teriyaki Chicken
The trick to having good, authentic, chicken teriyaki is using chicken thighs. I promise, if you want AUTHENTIC teri chicken, chicken breasts just won’t cut it. No matter how you cook the chicken breasts, it will not be the same. They are two completely different cuts of meat. Just like how a beef roast cut is completely different from a beef filet (not that I am comparing chicken thighs to filet…). If you have been making teriyaki chicken using chicken breasts and have wondered why it isn’t quite right, this is why. Ok, I think I have made my point. 🙂
What do I serve with Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken?
Of course, this Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken is incredible on its own, but it is also amazing when added to other dishes. You put it over salad or add it to a Hawaiian rice bowl. Slice it and serve it in a sandwich, or serve in a pasta like Oriental Pasta. There are so many possibilities!
How to make a Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Plate Lunch
My favorite way to have Hawaiian teriyaki chicken is as part of a plate lunch. I can honestly say, a good Hawaiian plate lunch may just be my favorite meal of all time.. and that is saying something. In Hawaii, a plate lunch typically consists of rice (usually calrose rice or similar), Hawaiian Mac Salad, and some protein of some sort. Usually the protein is any combination of teriyaki chicken, Kalua pork, and beef teriyaki. You can have all of one kind of meat, pick two, or a little of each one. I almost always opt for the latter. I love having a little bit of each!
Hawaiian Plate Lunch Recipes
Lucky for you, we have the recipes for everything you need to make a Hawaiian plate lunch. Here are the direct links:
- Hawaiian Beef Teriyaki: Hawaiian Beef Teriyaki is a favorite of mine from when I lived in Hawaii. The teriyaki sauce is out of this world good. Great with a plate lunch!
- Kalua Pork with Cabbage:Kalua Pork with Cabbage is a Hawaiian dish often served at Luaus. This version is made in the slow cooker and tastes just like authentic shredded Kalua Pig.
- Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad: This Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the real deal. A no-frills, creamy mac salad that is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or Luau!
How to make Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken
- Place chicken thighs in gallon-sized Ziploc bag, set aside.
- Combine remaining ingredients in medium-sized mixing bowl and mix until sugar dissolves.
- Pour marinade over chicken, press air out of bag, and seal tightly.
- Refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours).
- Heat grill to medium heat.
- Remove chicken from bag and set aside. Do NOT discard marinade.
- In a medium saucepan, bring marinade to a simmer and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Place chicken on grill and brush some of the hot marinade over the top (do not place brush back in marinade after brushing the chicken).
- Continue to grill chicken until done (165 degrees internal temp).
- Place cooked chicken in a baking dish and pour remaining hot teriyaki marinade over the top.
- Serve immediately.