Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken
(4-8 servings)


2 whole Chickens, quartered
2 tbsp. Dark Sesame Seed Oil
1 tbsp. Kosher Salt
1 tbsp. Black Pepper
1/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup Soy Sauce
1/3 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Sherry
1 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
½ tsp. Black Pepper
½ tbsp. Fresh Ginger, crushed
2 gloves Fresh Garlic, crushed
1 medium Scallion (green onion), white part crushed, green part finely chopped
2 tbsp. Water


Rinse the chicken quarters under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Brush each piece with the sesame oil and season generously with the salt and pepper and set aside.  To make the Huli Huli sauce, place the ingredients from brown sugar to white part of scallion in a nonreactive sauce pan.  Using a whisk, mix together and then add the water.  Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat.  Let simmer gently until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes.  Whisk often so as to not scorch.  If sauce is too thick just add a little more water.  The sauce should be pourable.  Next strain the sauce into another nonreactive pan and set aside.  Get your grill (gas or charcoal) ready for direct heat cooking.  Be sure to brush and oil the grilling grate before adding the chicken to the grill.  Grill until chicken pieces are crisp, brown and cook through.  It should take 8-12 minutes per side.  Be sure to test for doneness with a thermometer looking for a reading of about 180 degrees.  During the last 2 minutes of grilling on each side brush some sauce on the chicken.  Transfer the chicken to a platter and drizzle more sauce over it.  Garnish with the scallion greens and serve.

Note:               Be sure to watch chicken closely so it doesn't burn on you.  You could use the in-direct cooking method to ensure that you don’t burn the chicken.  The in-direct cooking will take about 30 to 40 minutes and remember to keep the lid down using this method.

Note:                To crush the ginger, garlic and white part of scallion, use the side of a cleaver or chef knife.  It helps to add just a little salt before crushing.

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