Copycat ‘Ohana Chicken Marinade

This time last year we were headed down to Orlando, Florida for a family vacation at Disney World. *sigh* I’m a bit of a Disneyphile. I think I may enjoy our vacations there even more than the kids do! Hubberman’s two brothers their families joined us last year, as well as their dad. It was a fantastic time. While there, one child from each family was celebrating a May birthday, so for our last day in Disney we had reservations for a big birthday dinner celebration at ‘Ohana in the Polynesian resort. This was the first time we had ever dined there in all our visits to Disney, and it did not disappoint. I was especially impressed with their chicken. The flavoring on that bird was out of this world!

When we returned home, I launched into a full scale internet research project to see if I could find a comparable marinade for chicken. Apparently, the long time chef there has since left, so some recipes seemed to reflect his recipe, while others claimed to be the “updated” chicken. Enough people raved about the recipe below that I figured it was worth a shot, even if it didn’t duplicate what we had experienced there. It ended up coming very close to the flavor I remembered from Disney. Yummy! So here it is!

  • 2 tbl. garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup malt vinegar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 dashes tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a blender or with an immersion blender. Then slowly drizzle in the olive oil, blending to emulsify. Marinade your chicken for 1-2 days in this mixture.

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15 thoughts on “Copycat ‘Ohana Chicken Marinade

  1. Mollie says:

    We love this recipe!! We went to Dismey in June and have made our own about 6 times! It’s a family favorite thank you!!

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