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    Hibachi Chicken (Benihana Copycat)

    Whenever I step into Benihana, the Japanese steakhouse, I immediately feel the excitement of a hibachi meal. It’s not just about the food, it’s an entire experience. Watching the skilled chefs cook right in front of me on the sizzling grill is like being at a live show. The delicious smells, the sizzling sounds, and the exciting sight of the cooking all come together to make dining here an awesome experience.

    When I ordered Hibachi Chicken, it was amazing! The chicken was so tender and flavorful, cooked perfectly on the grill. It came with tasty vegetables and rice, making it a complete and satisfying meal.

    Now, I’m excited to share my own version of hibachi chicken with you here on GypsyPlate.

    This restaurant style Hibachi Chicken dinner includes sautéed veggies and fried rice, along with tangy Yum Yum sauce, for a complete one pan meal.

    Hibachi dinners sure create good fun memories. How about creating that same Hibachi experience in your own home for your friends and family? You won’t need that huge flat hot grill for sure.

    Hibachi meals are simple, super delicious and happen in a flash. I will tell you all the tips and tricks to make a cracking Hibachi style meal.

    Here, I quickly sear the bite-sized chicken over high heat. I love how just two ingredients, butter and soy sauce, create such big flavors. It’s pretty remarkable!

    Then, I serve up the Hibachi Chicken just like you’d get in a restaurant, complete with Hibachi-style sautéed veggies and flavorful Hibachi fried rice, with a good dunking in their famous Yum Yum Sauce.

    My usual stir fries like Chicken Stir Fry, Kung Pao Chicken, and Beijing Beef have lots of sauces and flavor enhancers. Not this Hibachi style chicken. It won’t need it.

    This restaurant style Hibachi Chicken dinner includes sautéed veggies and fried rice, along with tangy Yum Yum sauce, for a complete one pan meal.

    What is Hibachi Chicken?

    Hibachi is an ancient Japanese cooking appliance, and the food prepared using Hibachi is called Japanese Hibachi food. Hibachi is a Japanese word where “hi” means fire and “bachi” means a bowl.

    So Hibachi, aka “fire bowl”, is basically a traditional Japanese open-grate cast iron barbecue grill. With this cooking technique, everything happens quick, in a flash like quick stir fries, due to the high heat cooking method on a hot sizzling grill.

    In North America, the term “Hibachi” is known for fancy dinners with a show in Japanese steakhouse restaurants like Benihana and Kobe. It’s very similar to Teppanyaki Japanese restaurants, where the chef prepares delicious food right in front of you with fresh meats and vegetables.

    With very little condiments and spices, and using high searing temperatures, Hibachi flawlessly cooks chicken, shrimp, steak, scallops and vegetables using less fat.

    Today’s Hibachi chicken is simply a dish of diced chicken, cooked Hibachi style with butter and soy, and sears fast on high heat. It’s usually accompanies by sautéed vegetables and fried rice, and served with yum yum or mustard sauce.

    You won’t need any fancy Hibachi grill for this chicken stir fry dish. Any wide skillet, preferably a wider cast iron pan or even a good wok work perfectly. A Blackstone griddle is another great tool in your kitchen to cook Hibachi Chicken and veggies.

    This restaurant style Hibachi Chicken dinner includes sautéed veggies and fried rice, along with tangy Yum Yum sauce, for a complete one pan meal.

    Ingredients Needed

    I am making making this meal with all of the components that come with a Hibachi chicken dinner at the restaurant. Your would need following ingredients to make this restaurant style meal.

    Hibachi Chicken

    • Chicken – I typically go for chicken breast or boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. However, restaurants usually use chicken breast. Cut it into bite size pieces.
    • Butter – Butter is what makes it hugely special. The flavors would be totally different without it. It gives a big “oomph” compared to oil.
    • Garlic – Great flavor booster.
    • Soy Sauce – Most authentic recipes out of Japanese restaurants use only soy sauce, skipping the other complex flavors.
    • Pepper – Just a dash to join the buttery, garlicky, soy flavor.

    Hibachi Vegetables

    • Veggies – Onion, zucchini, carrot, and mushrooms. You can swap them with any of your favorite stir fry veggies.
    • Butter – Again, a must for Japanese style stir fries.
    • Soy sauce – Only sauce we are using.
    • Pepper

    Hibachi Fried Rice

    • Butter
    • Veggies – Carrot, peas, corn (optional).
    • Aromatics – Ginger and garlic.
    • Rice – I always use cold leftover rice when making fried rice.
    • Flavor enhancers – Soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil.
    • For scrambled eggs in fried rice – Eggs and a dash of salt.

    Yum Yum Sauce

    • Mayonnaise – I use Dukes, but any of your favorite good quality mayo will do.
    • Tomato Paste – It lends to the pink color.
    • Melted butter – It makes the sauce extra special.
    • Rice vinegar – For a little tang.
    • Honey – For a hint of sweetness.
    • Paprika – Regular, not smoked.
    • Garlic Powder – Just a hint.
    • Water – To make the sauce less thick.

    Hibachi Chicken Dinner Recipe

    You can cook Hibachi chicken in just a matters of minutes on busy weeknights, and serve it with regular white rice for a quick meal option.

    But to have a complete Hibachi style chicken dinner, serve this chicken the way it’s always served, along with quick sautéed veggies and fried rice with a side of yum yum sauce to dunk the chicken bites in.

    Hibachi Chicken: I heat up some butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Then, I add the diced chicken and cook it for about 4-5 minutes, making sure to sauté it well. After that, I toss in the garlic and cook everything for another 3-4 minutes. Next, I pour in the soy sauce and sprinkle some pepper, and continue cooking until the chicken is fully cooked. Then I plate it out.

    chicken cooking in a skillet

    Hibachi Vegetables: In the same skillet, I melt butter and sauté cut veggies till they start to soften a bit. Next I add in soy sauce and pepper, and cook till veggies are cooked, leaving them on little crunchier side, then plate them out.

    veggies cooking

    Hibachi Fried Rice: In the same skillet, I melt some butter and toss in the carrots, peas, and corn. I sauté them over high heat for about 3-4 minutes until they’re nice and tender. Then, I add in the chopped ginger and garlic and sauté for another minute to release their flavors.

    Next, I add the rice along with soy sauce and sesame oil, and stir-fry everything together until the rice is well coated with the sauce and the veggies are evenly mixed in. I create a well in the center of the skillet, pushing the rice towards the edges, and scramble an egg in the well with a little salt. Finally, I mix the scrambled egg into the rice, making sure it’s well mixed with the rice.

    cooked fried rice

    Yum yum sauce: I mix all sauce ingredients together and whisk until well combined.

    yum yum sauce

    That’s it. I serve Hibachi chicken with sautéed veggies, fried rice and yum yum sauce.

    This restaurant style Hibachi Chicken dinner includes sautéed veggies and fried rice, along with tangy Yum Yum sauce, for a complete one pan meal.

    Tips

    1. To make restaurant quality Hibachi chicken, I always cook it on high heat. This allows quick flash cooking with a good sear to the meat. A large cast iron skillet is ideal to cook Hibachi style recipes. A Blackstone griddle is a big bonus to cook Hibachi style. If cooking in a smaller skillet or pan, cook in batches so as not to over crowd, which can steam the meat and create liquids instead of giving a good sear.

    2. My secret to bringing out those hibachi flavors? Butter. It’s the key ingredient that makes every bite taste absolutely delicious.

    3. Don’t skip the Yum Yum sauce. Every Japanese steak house serves Hibachi chicken, or any of their meats, with this creamy, tangy, spicy sweet sauce. It’s super easy to make yum yum sauce with regular pantry staple ingredients.

    4. Use substitutions for chicken breast. Boneless skinless thighs will work beautifully with this recipe. Try other proteins like steak, shrimp or scallops hibachi style! Broccoli, snow peas, baby corn and bell peppers are great as stir frying veggies.

    5. I always use cold leftover rice to make fried rice, as freshly cooked rice will result in mushy fried rice. When I don’t have any leftover rice, I make a fresh batch and spread it out on a baking sheet. Then, I cover it with plastic wrap and pop it in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes until it’s nicely chilled. Alternatively, you can also just leave it in the refrigerator for a few hours to cool down.

    This restaurant style Hibachi Chicken dinner includes sautéed veggies and fried rice, along with tangy Yum Yum sauce, for a complete one pan meal.

    Make this super simple Hibachi experience in your very own kitchen. Sometimes you don’t need a whole show to create magic.

    Just simple, delicious flavors in a matter of minutes. Save money and create this Benihana Copycat Chicken Recipe for your family tonight!

    Hibachi Chicken, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    serving of hibachi chicken, rice and veggies on the Gypsy Plate

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    Hibachi Chicken (Benihana Copycat)

    Yield: 4-6 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    My restaurant-style Hibachi Chicken dinner includes sautéed veggies and fried rice, along with tangy Yum Yum sauce, for a complete one pan meal.

    Ingredients

    Hibachi Chicken

    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
    • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
    • pepper, to taste

    Hibachi Vegetables

    • 1.5 Tbsp butter
    • 1 small onion, cut into chunks
    • 1 zucchini, cut into chunks
    • 1 large carrot, sliced
    • 8oz mushrooms, sliced
    • 1.5 Tbsp soy sauce
    • pepper, to taste

    Hibachi Fried Rice

    • 4 Tbsp butter
    • 1 large carrot
    • 1 cup peas
    • ¼ cup corn (optional)
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
    • 4 cups cold leftover rice
    • 2 tsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 2 eggs
    • salt, to taste

    Yum yum sauce

    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1.5 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 Tbsp melted butter
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • ½ tsp garlic powder
    • 2 Tbsp water

    Instructions

    1. Hibachi Chicken: Heat butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add diced chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes, sautéing. Add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add in soy sauce and pepper and cook till chicken is cooked through. Plate it out.
    2. Hibachi Vegetables: In the same skillet, melt butter and sauté cut veggies till they start to soften a bit. Add in soy sauce and pepper and cook till veggies are cooked to your preferred crunchiness. Plate them out.
    3. Hibachi Fried Rice: In the same skillet, heat butter and sauté carrots, peas and corn over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add in chopped ginger and garlic and sauté for a minute. Add in rice along with soy sauce and sesame oil, and stir fry rice with veggies, combining everything well. Make a well in between the rice, pushing it towards the edges of the skillet. Scramble egg in the well with little salt, then mix it with the rice.
    4. Yum yum sauce : Mix all sauce ingredients together and whisk until well combined.
    5. Serve Hibachi chicken with sautéed veggies, fried rice and yum yum sauce.

    Notes

    Leftovers: Hibachi chicken, along with fried rice and sautéed veggies, is a great meal prep option, as it refrigerates and freezes very well. Store everything in airtight containers and refrigerate. Eat within 4-5 days.

    This would freeze great up to 3 months. Simply thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat it on stove top, or microwave until heated through.

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