Kalua Chicken Recipe


Kalua chicken is a traditional Hawaiian dish that is slow-cooked to perfection. The dish is known for its tender and flavorful chicken, which is infused with smoky and earthy flavors. This recipe is a simple and delicious way to enjoy the flavors of Hawaii right in your own home.

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 4 hours


  • 1 whole chicken, about 4-5 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons Hawaiian sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).
  2. Rinse the chicken thoroughly under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the Hawaiian sea salt, liquid smoke, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper to create a seasoning rub.
  4. Place the chicken on a large sheet of aluminum foil and generously rub the seasoning mixture all over the chicken, making sure to coat it evenly.
  5. Wrap the chicken tightly in the aluminum foil, creating a sealed packet.
  6. Place the foil-wrapped chicken on a baking sheet and transfer it to the preheated oven.
  7. Cook the chicken for approximately 4 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the meat is tender and easily falls off the bone.
  8. Once cooked, carefully remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before unwrapping.
  9. Unwrap the chicken and transfer it to a serving platter. Discard any excess liquid.
  10. Using two forks, shred the chicken into smaller pieces, discarding the bones and skin.
  11. Serve the kalua chicken hot and enjoy the delicious flavors of Hawaii!