Huli Huli Chicken Slider with Pineapple Salsa on a King’s Hawaiian Roll with Oil & Vinegar Slaw

This chicken slider is epic: Combining the best of Austin and Hawaii for crazy-good flavor! Try it at your next cookout – Rachael wrote it for her 2015 Feedback in Austin and for our awesome sponsor King’s Hawaiian!


For the Huli Huli Chicken Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 bulb garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (about 2 inches) ginger, grated
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For the chickens

  • 2 spatchcock chickens, 4 pounds each, (chickens with backbone and breast bone removed)
  • Salt & pepper
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Pineapple Salsa:

  • 1 red chili pepper (finger pepper or Fresno or red jalapeno), chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups pineapple cored and diced 1/4-1/2 inch
  • 1 vine-ripe tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 large clove garlic, fine chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
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To assemble:

  • King’s Hawaiian Rolls, split
  • Chopped crisp lettuce
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For the Oil-and-Vinegar-Slaw

  • 1⁄2 pound coleslaw mix or 1⁄4 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1⁄2 small red onion, very thinly sliced, optional
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • Pinch of superfine sugar or honey
  • Kosher salt and pepper
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For the Chicken and Sandwiches:

Combine the sauce ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for about 15 minutes and then cool.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in one or two large plastic food storage bag with half of the cooled sauce. Let marinate for anywhere from 3-24 hours.

When the chicken is marinated, preheat a grill to medium high and cook, turning every now and then for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 155 F. Cover and let stand about 10-15 minutes as it carries over to 165 F.

To create the Huli Huli Sandwiches, chop the chicken meat, discarding skin and bones, and toss with the remaining sauce. Pile some lettuce on the Hawaiian bun bottoms, top with saucy chicken and pineapple salsa.

For the Oil-and-Vinegar Slaw:

In a mixing bowl, combine the coleslaw mix and red onion. Add the vinegar, oil, celery seed and a pinch of sugar or honey. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Refrigerate until needed.

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