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4.5 from 6 votes

Hawaiian Shoyu or Huli Huli Chicken (Local Boyz Copycat)

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 pounds boneless / skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 Tbsp. Knorr chicken bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper coursely ground
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce


  • In a large dutch oven type pot (preferably Le Crususet), heat canola and sesame oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the boneless/skinless chicken thighs to the oil without cutting them up. Stir as needed while the chicken browns.
  • Peel onion, slice it in half and thinly slice both halves. Add that and continue to stir as needed while the chicken browns.
  • Meanwhile, peel the ginger and grate it using a microplane or other grater.
  • Once the chicken is browned and the onions have softened a bit add the ginger and everything else. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook uncovered for 30-45 minutes until the meat can be shredded easily with a fork.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the juices and shred with two forks. Place the meat in a serving bowl and add about 1 cup of the juices back into the meat. If you want it really juicy you can add some more and serve it with a slotted spoon for those that want theirs partly drained.
  • Serve the chicken with any or all of the following: rice, mac salad, broccoli, soy sauce, Yoshida Gourmet Sauce, sweet chili sauce or fresh pineapple slices.


Don't be afraid to cook with sesame oil if it's new to you!  I never liked the way it smelled or looked so I avoided it.  Just a little goes a long way to subtle flavor that enhances this dish without making it taste like sesame at all.  Like any oil there are lots of different levels of quality.  It's fine to buy a cheep bottle in your local supermarket for this recipe.  I have found it at Winco for under $5 plenty of times.  Now that I do SO much Asian cooking we buy it in large cans at HMart other similar stores.