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We eat a lot of grilled chicken in the summer.  We usually skip the skinless, boneless chicken in favor chicken on the bone.  Thighs and drumsticks are our favorite.  My husband usually just uses some salt and pepper and it is so delicious in its simplicity.  But one night I decided we'd try a Hawiian inspired marinade on the chicken.  We all agreed that this is our new favorite way to grill chicken!

My husband had an issue with the chicken burning so next time we're going to try cooking it on a pan on the grill, off heat, first and then finishing it up directly on the grates. Hopefully we'll get a little less char. I also just read a recipe where you bake the chicken first, then grill — so there's another idea to cut back on the burning.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 5 lbs chicken leg quarters


  1. Combine all ingredients except chicken in a bowl. Reserve 1 cup.
  2. Place chicken and sauce in large bags and toss to coat.
  3. Refrigerate chicken in bags all day or overnight (about 8 hours).
  4. When ready to cook, remove chicken from bags and discard marinade.
  5. Grill chicken over medium heat until done, basting with reserved marinade.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 6017kcal Calories from fat 3267
% Daily Value
Total Fat 363g 558%
Saturated Fat 99g 495%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 2109mg 703%
Sodium 14108mg 588%
Carbohydrate 281g 94%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 253g
Protein 389g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Adapted from Taste of Home Magazine, June/July 2012 issue


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