Kalua Chicken Recipe


Kalua Chicken is a delicious Hawaiian dish that is traditionally cooked in an underground oven called an imu. This recipe provides a simple and flavorful way to make Kalua Chicken at home using a slow cooker. The dish is known for its tender and smoky shredded chicken, infused with the flavors of Hawaiian sea salt and liquid smoke.

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 6 hours


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon Hawaiian sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions: How to Cook Kalua Chicken

  1. Season the chicken breasts with the Hawaiian sea salt and place them in the slow cooker.
  2. Drizzle the liquid smoke over the chicken breasts.
  3. Add the sliced onion, minced garlic, and ground ginger to the slow cooker.
  4. Pour the chicken broth over the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the chicken is tender and easily shredded with a fork.
  6. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks.
  7. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and mix it with the cooking juices and onions.
  8. Serve the Kalua Chicken hot with steamed rice or on a bed of cabbage for a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch.
Enjoy this flavorful and easy-to-make Kalua Chicken that brings a taste of Hawaii to your dinner table!
Kalua Chicken Recipe