Hawaiian Grilled Chicken

Have you all been enjoying grilling season as much as we have?!

We have been grilling almost every day and I have been LOVING it!  But what is not to love about little prep work and little clean up?!

I came across this recipe from one of my favorite blogs, The Girl Who Ate Everything, and both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I did change it up to use chicken breasts because it is what I had on hand and the end result was amazing! I do share an idea in the recipe to help your chicken breasts absorb the marinade better.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Hawaiian Grilled Chicken
One of the best marinades you will find and is packed with AMAZING flavor
Recipe type: Entrée
  • 3 pounds chicken breasts, The original recipe uses thighs, but I just had chicken breasts on hand and it worked perfectly
  • 2 cups soy sauce, If using Kikoman's, make sure its low sodium
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 bunch green onions, reserve some for garnish later
  • ¼ cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
  1. Trim chicken of any fat. For chicken breasts, since they are thicker, I poke them with a fork all over so the marinade can soak in.
  2. In a large bowl, mix soy sauce, water, brown sugar, onions, garlic, sesame oil, and coconut milk.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken and marinate for at least four hours, overnight is preferred. (for chicken breasts, I would definitely say over night is best to ensure the flavor is greatly absorbed)
  4. Grill chicken until chicken is cooked through, switching sides half way through.
  5. It is delicious over coconut rice, garnished with green onions and any additional soy sauce if needed!
  6. To make coconut rice: Replace half of the water in your rice recipe with coconut milk.

recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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  1. Carol

    Thank you for dinner tonight! Looks yummy and easy!

  2. Jen@TheFitHousewife

    Mmmm...that sounds delicious. I love coconut milk, so I'm sure this will be amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Kay-M

    Looks delicious - but I wish you would list the instructions in the order you are to do them. Looking at these instructions - it looks like you are supposed to grill the chicken first and then marinade them. Would be very confusing for people that don't know how to cook (or grill).

    1. Chef in Training

      I am very sorry about that. Wordpress has recipe cards and something must have posted wrong or rearranged when I went to post the recipe. I corrected it now. I assure you when I wrote up the recipe it was posted like that. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    2. Gina

      This recipe reminds me of my younger teen years, we were neighbors with a couple and he was from polynesia, they used to cook chicken in a hibachi all the time. This looks great the the recipe is explained very well. Thanks and I can't wait to try this!

  4. fashionhypnotised

    You have a beautiful blog with a lot of inspiring posts! Congrats on your work! Would you like t follow each other?:)

  5. Aninas Recipes

    Yeah that is a great recipe! So happy you are enjoying the outdoors. We are forced to stay indoors, as its winter in South Africa, and I am left to cook warm hearty meals! Soup and more soup for me...

  6. Dianne Devine

    My husband doesn't like coconut in any way! Could sweetened condensed milk be a substitute for the coconut milk?

    1. Crissi

      I was wondering the same thing. This looks amazing.... but I hate the taste of coconut. Is there something that you can substitute for it?

  7. OddNina

    Seriously. This looks great, I'm gonna go get some coconut milk right now n_n

  8. Stephanie

    Marinating as we speak...can't wait to try it tomorrow!!

    1. Jacquelyn

      This was by far the best chicken I've grilled in a very long time. I marinated for two days and the flavor was perfect.

  9. Nicole

    Any suggestions on how to take this and make something different with the leftovers (3 lbs is a LOT of chicken!)?

  10. Sandy M

    I made this tonight and the chicken was sooo good and sooo tender. Even the picky eaters loved it. I even made the coconut rice, though I used less coconut milk as I wasn't sure how strong the flavor would be. I'll use more next time because it was very mild. My only suggestion would be to cut back on the marinade quantities. I made about 1 1/2 lbs of chicken and divided the marinade quantities by 4, and it was still way too much. So yummy though! Def. making this again!

  11. Julie J

    My husband and I just tried the Hawaiian Grilled Chicken recipe and to say we LOVED it would be an understatement! Thanks for sharing such a tasty treat!

  12. Chrissy

    This is the best recipe I've found lately. We've made it at least 6 times and shared the recipe each time! It is a welcome addition to our list of meals we love. Thank You!

  13. Laura

    What do you suggest if I can't find cocnut milk, only coconut cream or water?

  14. Soan

    Not sure about the recipe but the picture is really tempting and irresistible.

  15. alana

    These look delish! Hey Nikki i was wondering if sesame oil is the same as sesame seed oil? thanks girl!:)

  16. Heather

    I made this tonight & it was outstanding!

  17. Kelly M

    I made this dinner a couple of nights ago and it was fantastic! It was a hit with the whole family and I plan to make it again next week. =) The marinade does make a lot, so if you are feeding a lot of people it's great. I halved the recipe and still had enough marinade to make the chicken and marinate some veggies and pineapple slices to throw on the grill as well. Also reserved some of the marinade to make into a sauce to serve with dinner or pour over some brown rice.

  18. Amanda

    I didn't have time to marinade this, but I really wanted to make it. I popped it all in the crock pot. My family loved it. We drizzled the extra sauce over the coconut rice. We did it on the grill the following week and decided we kinda liked it better in the crock pot. Thanks for posting such a great recipe.

  19. Hillary

    I'm making this tonight, has been marinating for two days. However, it is raining, so no grilling. Would you recommend baking or on the skillet?

  20. Maggie

    This recipe isn't gluten free. Soy sauce is the problem. Substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce.

  21. peter


    My wife can't have any coconut is there any thing to replace coconut milk with

  22. Jennifer C.


    This is so delicious! Just made it for the second time last night. I used pineapple juice instead of water this second time, and it was so good, added a depth of flavor as well as seemed to help tenderize the chicken. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  23. ladymass

    There are substitutes for coconut milk. Yogurt and soy milk .
    I live in a apartment and grilling is out, so I will try to cook it in a oven at 300 to see

  24. Danielle


    hi. we dont have a grill. would it be the same if i baked this in the oven instead?

    thanks. im really looking forward to this recipe.