Chicken Pupus (Hawaiian Appetizer)

"The Prep time does not include the marinating time."
photo by PanNan photo by PanNan
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Ready In:
15hrs 20mins




  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  1. PanNan
    We had this recipe as the main dish at a family dinner and it did not disappoint. The flavor was excellent. The marinade was prone to charring while grilling, but it didn't taste burned at all. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into three pieces each and left it in the marinade for about 7 hours before grilling. The meat stayed nice and moist. I'll make this recipe again.
    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.
  3. IngridH
    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!
  4. Cilantro in Canada
    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.
  5. breezermom
    I loved this! I made it as a main dish, so I didn't cube my chicken thighs. Shared the recipe with all the girls at work today....just loved it. Thanks for sharing! Made for ZWT7.



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