Chicken Pupus (Hawaiian Appetizer)

Total Time
15hrs 20mins
Prep 15 hrs
Cook 20 mins

The Prep time does not include the marinating time.


  1. Whisk together all ingredients, except the chicken, in a mixing bowl. Place the chicken thighs in the marinade and marinate for 2 to 4 hours in the refrigerator. After 2 hours, stir the marinade.
  2. Heat the grill until the coals are gray to white. Remove the chicken from the marinade and drain or shake off the excess marinade. Place on a lightly oiled grill and cook for 5 to 7 minutes on each side.
  3. Continue grilling until the chicken is cooked in the center. Remove the "pupu chicken" to a serving plate and insert wooden picks in each of the cubes. Serve immediately as an appetizer.
Most Helpful

I had a change of meal plans at the last minutes so this ended up marinating for about 24 hours! I used b/s chicken thighs and served it as a meal so didn't cube it. Was a great flavor! Sort of a like a teriyaki sauce but not salty like most. Made for Best of 2011 Cookbook Tag.

AZPARZYCH January 22, 2012

We really enjoyed this! I made two chicken breasts, which we enjoyed as an entree, and cooked them on my indoor grill. DH loved the ginger flavor in the marinade, and I loved how balanced the flavors were. A definite make again!

IngridH January 02, 2012

Well this was very easy to make (especially since I made the marinade and my husband BBQ'd), with amazing results. Comments around the table were that this was the best chicken ever, and exceptional chicken. The chicken was moist and extremely flavourful. Thanks for the recipe.

Cilantro in Canada August 05, 2011