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a pile of paleo huli huli chicken drumsticks on a silver platter with cilantro leaves on top

Paleo Huli Huli Chicken (AIP Friendly)

  • Author: Cristina Curp, FNTP
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Sweet, sticky, and delicious. This Hawaiian-inspired recipe is a must for pineapple lovers. 



  • 10 drumsticks, approx. 2 pounds
  • 2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup pickled ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried. basil
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for the sheet pan 


  1. Place your drumsticks in a large bowl and toss with salt and black pepper (omit for AIP). 
  2. In a food processor pulse the remaining ingredients together until pureed.
  3. Pour all of the sauce over the chicken and toss with tongs. 
  4. Cover and set in the fridge to marinate for at least 20 minutes to overnight. 
  5. When ready to cook, set out and preheat the oven to 375F convection. 
  6. Light oil a sheet pan and arrange the drumsticks on it. Spoon the remaining sauce over them. 
  7. Roast for 30 – 40 minutes, turning the drumsticks over halfway through cooking. 
  8. When they’re golden brown, with toasty bits and sticky looking, they’re ready! 

Recipe Notes:

  • Omit black pepper for AIP
  • You can use chicken thighs too, I recommend boneless skinless. 
  • Cook 375Fconvection roast or 400F bake. 


  • Serving Size: 2 drumsticks
  • Calories: 375
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 35g

Keywords: Paleo Huli Huli Chicken