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Guava Chicken – a delicious recipe that was replicated from a meal I enjoyed on my trip to Hawaii. This is a fantastic grilled chicken recipe!

Hawaiian Guava Chicken & More Recipes for Dad - from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

A couple of years ago, I had the agonizing honor to be a delegate from Fort Wainwright, Alaska for the Army Family Action Plan conference that was held at the headquarters for the Pacific region. And where is the headquarters? No where special…just Hawaii!!!

I mean, just look how miserable I was!


While in Hawaii I took the time to taste some local dishes and, like Kalua Pig and Kalbi Beef, Guava Chicken was another dish that I had there and immediately knew I needed to replicate at home.

How to Make Hawaiian Guava Chicken







And your result? Perfectly cooked, gorgeous guava chicken.

Hawaiian Guava Chicken from Cosmopolitan Cornbread


Hawaiian Guava Chicken from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

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Guava Chicken - a delicious recipe that was replicated from a meal I enjoyed on my trip to Hawaii. This is a fantastic grilled chicken recipe!

Guava Chicken

Constance Smith - Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Guava Chicken - a delicious recipe that was replicated from a meal I enjoyed on my trip to Hawaii. This is a fantastic grilled chicken recipe!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marinating Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 50 minutes
Course Entrées - Main Dishes
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 461 kcal


  • 3 limes, divided
  • ½ c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tb cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 whole chicken, cut up
  • ¼ c guava jelly
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c apple juice


  • To begin, combine the juice of two of the limes in a dish with the extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic. Whisk those together and set aside for a moment. Halve the breast of the chicken if they are very large.
  • Place the chicken in a large zip-lock bag and pour in the marinade. Press out as much air as you can and seal the bag. “Squish” the chicken around to coat it thoroughly.
  • Let this marinate over night, up to 24 hours in your refrigerator.
  • In a small sauce pan, combine the guava jelly, brown sugar, apple juice, and the juice of the remaining lime. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Now grab your bag of chicken and drain out the liquid. Pat the pieces dry with a paper towel. Light one side of your grill and heat to high heat (between 400-500 degrees.)
  • Arrange the chicken on the unlit side of the grill skin side up and cook for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh reads 150 degrees.
  • Now for the glaze. Once your chicken is up to temperature, brush the glaze all over. (If the glaze has thickened up too much, just heat it for a minute on the stove.
  • Once you brush the chicken, cook it about 30 more minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180 degrees in a thigh or 170 degrees in a breast.
  • Brush additional glaze on every 10 minutes while it does that final cooking. And your result? Perfectly cooked and gorgeous Guava Chicken.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1cCalories: 461kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 28gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 476mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11g

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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24 thoughts on “Guava Chicken”

  1. Guava and chicken sound like a winning combination! I’d like to miserable in Hawaii someday!

  2. Constance, because I’m selfless and giving, I would have HAPPILY gone to that conference in Hawaii to spare you the agony ;) I’ve never heard of guava chicken but this looks freaking delicious! I can just imagine the sweet, salty, smoky flavour the guava and the grill imparted. I also love the photos of all the dads. I hope they all had a wonderful Father’s Day!

  3. Guava and chicken sounds like a perfect flavor combination. Love this recipe and it sound great for a Father’s Day meal. Great post, Constance!

  4. LOL–Sounds like it was a tough assignment. I am glad that you endured it well. I love Hawaii and the food that is created on the islands. Thanks for sharing this guava chicken. I am always looking for new ways of using unique ingredients.

  5. What a handsome (and pretty) looking crew, Constance! Love your people and food piccies! Guava jelly and chicken is brilliant…Guava jelly definitely brings back happy memories of Christmas holidays in Saipan =)


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