Hawaiian plate lunch, grilled chicken, mac salad and sticky rice
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Hawaiian Plate Lunch

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his version of Hawaiian Plate Lunch consists of teriyaki bbq chicken, steamed rice and creamy macaroni salad. Yummy and Simple.
Hawaiian bbq chicken on a cutting board

This version of Hawaiian Plate Lunch consists of Hawaiian bbq teriyaki grilled chicken, steamed rice and creamy macaroni salad. Yummy and Simple.

I am so glad that spring is finally here after the crazy winter that we have had this year. It reminds me that Summer is right around the corner. And that means spending time with friends, outdoors and grilling.

One of my summertime favorites is Hawaiian BBQ. A friend of mine (Julie) and her Samoan/Hawiian husband E.T. have a BBQ every year and there is never a shortage of yummy Hawaiian fare. Pans are overflowing with grilled chicken, beef ribs and Kalua Pork (Hawaiian Pulled Pork), grilled vegetables, Macaroni Salad and Potato Salad and a hot steaming rice cooker full of rice. Someone always makes a big pot of Sapa Sui (Samoan Chop Suey) and Taro cooked in coconut milk.

The guys bring their guitars, ukes, drums  and other instruments and entertain us with the beautiful songs of the islands while we eat, drink and enjoy each others company. Sharing memories of times gone by and creating new ones. And laugh! (there is never a shortage of laughter).

Hawaiian plate lunch, grilled chicken, mac salad and sticky rice

The first time I had ever had Hawaiian plate Lunch was with my friend Julie. We were at a Hawaiian restaurant watching her husband’s band that was playing there that night. My plate came to the table loaded with succulent grilled meats,  2 big scoops of rice and a scoop of creamy Macaroni Salad. Once I tasted it I was hooked!

Hawaiian plate lunch on a board

What is Hawaiian plate lunch?

Plate Lunch basically consists of your choice of meat (Grilled chicken, Kalua Pork, Portuguese sausage, Poki, etc..) 2 scoops of sticky rice and 1 scoop of macaroni salad. I have made this recipe with Hawaiian (teriyaki) bbq chicken. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Some other meat options for plate lunch:

Looking for some healthier sides?

Hawaiian bbq chicken on a cutting board

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken (for plate lunch)

his version of Hawaiian Plate Lunch consists of teriyaki bbq chicken, steamed rice and creamy macaroni salad. Yummy and Simple.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinate: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 35 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: hawaiian
Keyword: chicken, hawaiian bbq, hawaiian chicken, Hawaiian Plate Lunch, hawaiian teriyaki
Servings: 6
Calories: 355kcal
Author: angela@mealstreetkitchen


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • Place chicken thighs in a gallon sized ziploc bag. In a bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients to create marinade. Pour marinade in the bag with the chicken and massage it around so that all of the chicken is in the marinade. seal bag and place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. Remove chicken from marinade and cook on a hot grill turning as needed until chicken is cooked through. 165 degrees internal temperature on meat thermometer. Remove meat from the grill and cover  with foil. let meat rest 10 minutes before serving. Once meat has rested, slice and serve with rice and macaroni salad.


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1193mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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Hawaiian bbq chicken on a cutting board

For the macaroni salad:

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Style Macaroni Salad:

Simple and delicious, extra creamy macaroni salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, hawaiian
Keyword: Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Hawaiian Plate Lunch, macaroni salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 339kcal
Author: angela@mealstreetkitchen


  • 1/2 Pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup celery finely minced
  • 1/4 cup scallions finely minced
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup real mayonnaise best foods
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 clove minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard


  • Cook macaroni until soft (not al dente) . Drain and rinse with cold water. Stir vinegar into cooked macaroni and let sit about 15 minutes. In a bowl, add celery, scallion and carrots. in another bowl mix remaining ingredients to make dressing. Place the cooled macaroni in the bowl with vegetables and stir to combine. Add dressing and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings, to taste. Place in the refrigerator to cool. Once salad has chilled, stir and serve


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1881IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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For the Rice:

  •  2 cups dry short grain rice

Rinse rice under cold water. Cook rice according to package directions. I cook mine in a rice cooker.

Hawaiian plate lunch on cutting board with fork

Wine/drink pairings:

  • Sake (I love Tyku coconut sake)
  • Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
  • Reisling
  • Chardonay (un oaked)
  • Pinot Noir
  • Beaujolais
  • Light fruity sparkling wine
  • Pina Colada
  • Mai Tai
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  • flavours2017
    May 9, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Loved it

  • PJ Thompson
    April 8, 2017 at 6:19 am

    That looks so good. You have used an ingredient in the marinade that I am not familiar with – sambal. Could you enlighten me? Thanks. Looks like I’ll have to try this one on Max.

    • angela@mealstreetkitchen
      April 8, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Sambal is an Asian chile sauce. It adds a little zip to the recipe. Check the Asian section of the grocery store. The recipe can be made without it or you can add a pinch of dried chile flakes instead.

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