Teriyaki sauce is traditionally a combination of soy sauce, mirin and glazed sugar. In the 1950’s, Ernest Morgado began grilling chicken with his special sauce recipe for meetings at his poultry company in Hawaii. The chicken was cooked between two grills and Ernest would shout “huli” (Hawaiian for “turn”) when it was time to rotate the chicken to the other side for cooking. His recipe was a secret, but many similar versions were created to mimic the sauce and roadside vendors prepared huli-huli chicken across the Hawaiian Islands. Morgado trademarked the name “Huli-Huli”, but by the time he did, it had already become a generic term so he was unsuccessful in preventing others from using it. Ingredients often include pineapple juice, ketchup or barbecue sauce, soy sauce, honey or brown sugar, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, ginger and garlic.

Nikken’s Huli-Huli Teriyaki Sauce uses our 7021 Teriyaki Powder to deliver the classic Teriyaki profile, and then pineapple juice, ketchup, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, toasted sesame oil, Sriracha (for an extra kick), and garlic are added along with our 4203 Worcestershire Sauce Powder to transform the profile into Huli-Huli Teriyaki.

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