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Recipe: Hawaiian Huli Chicken

chicken skewer

With temperatures heating up, we’re ready to put away our crock pot and give up warm stews, but early spring rain showers and fluctuating temperatures (44 degrees this morning, 75 this afternoon?!), can make grilling inconvenient too. What to do? Use that broiler!

You can get chargrilled without the charcoal, and summer tastes without the soaring temps!

Here’s a fantastic recipe that tows the line between sweet and savory the way a Georgia April tows the line between spring and summer.

Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes (24 cubes) (about 2 large breasts)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced (24 pieces) (or canned pineapple chunks in juice)
  • 8 6-inch wooden or metal skewers

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced (about 1 clove)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced

Instructions

  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.
  4. Cook 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. If you do grill these, prevent the chicken from drying out by cooking skewers in a 350°F oven immediately after grilling (cook to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F). Using a clean brush or spoon, coat with sauce from the set-aside bowl before serving.

Note: If you use wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before using.

Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 skewers
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

 

Thanks to NHLBI for the delicious idea!