Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken

So you’ve tried fixing chicken a thousand different ways. Here’s a recipe that is sure to be fun for you and your kids. So fun to eat that your children won’t know it’s healthy, too. Try serving with Wiki Rice.


12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes (24 cubes) (about 2 large breasts)

1 C fresh pineapple, diced (24 pieces) (or canned pineapple chunks in juice)

8 6-inch wooden skewers

For sauce:

2 Tbsp ketchup

2 Tbsp lite soy sauce

2 Tbsp honey

2 tsp orange juice

1 tsp garlic, minced (about 1 clove)

1 tsp ginger, minced


1. Preheat a broiler or grill on medium-high heat.

2. Thread three chicken cubes and three pineapple chunks alternately on each skewer.

3. Combine ingredients for sauce and mix well; separate into two bowls and set one aside for later. Children can help mix the sauce and thread the chicken and pineapple on the skewers.

4. Grill skewers for 3–5 minutes on each side. Brush or spoon sauce (from the bowl that wasn’t set aside) onto chicken and pineapple about every other minute. Discard the sauce when done with this step.

5. To prevent chicken from drying out, finish cooking skewers in a 350°F oven immediately after grilling (to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F). Using a clean brush or spoon, coat with sauce from the set-aside bowl before serving.

Notoe: Skewers have sharp edges, so monitor younger children while eating, or take the chicken off the skewers for them.


Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes


Yield: 4 servings

Serving size: 2 skewers

Each serving provides:

Calories 156
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated fat 1 g
Cholesterol 47 mg
Sodium 320 mg
Total fiber 0 g
Protein 18 g
Carbohydrates 16 g
Potassium 255 mg
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 2%
Iron 6%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Reprinted with permission from Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. NIH Publication No. 10-7531. Page 13. December 2010.