Saturday, August 5, 2023

Copycat Benihana Hibachi Chicken

Eveyone loves going to Benihana's for the scrumptious food. Now you can make your own Benihana Hibachi Chicken dish at home!

Copycat Benihana Hibachi Chicken 

I've always loved going to Benihana's.  The excellent food, the saki, and the show, make for such a fun night in my book.  While I can't re-create the show they put on I can make some of their dishes.  Let's start out with their Hibachi Chicken dish with all the trimmings.

Bites of chicken cooked in an amazing sauce is the star of the show.  But let's not forget about the side dish of sauteed carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, and onion.  The are a so easy to make and are the perfect side dish to the chicken.  Add in some fried rice and a mustard sauce and you have a whole meal that mirrors the one from Benihana.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • chicken breasts
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • hoisin sauce
  • garlic cloves
  • fresh ginger
  • rice vinegar
  • dijon mustard
  • mayo
  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • yellow onion
  • zucchini
  • Fried or steamed rice - homemade or frozen (I used frozen fried rice for ease of making the dish)

Substitutions and Variations

  • Try making this with steak bites for Habachi Steak.  I would use a sirloin steak for this dish.
  • Add yellow squash to the vegetables.
  • Switch up the vegetables.  Don't like mushrooms, leave them out or add in broccoli.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Do your prep work first.  Cut all the chicken and vegetables so they are ready to go.  Make your sauce for the chicken and the mustard sauce before you start cooking.
  • Take a little help from the grocery store and buy frozen fried rice or steamed rice.  This will cut down on cooking time considerably.

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Copycat Benihana Hibachi Chicken 

serves 4

Hibachi chicken

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh minced ginger

Mustard sauce

  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Sauteed vegetables

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced in half
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, plus salt & pepper to taste

Fried or steamed rice (optional)

In a small bowl stir together the mustard sauce ingredients and set aside.

In a small bowl mix together the sauce ingredients for hibachi chicken.  Add chicken and toss to coat.   Cook chicken with sauce in a large skillet over med-high heat for 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally until fully cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside. 

Add olive oil to the skillet to heat.  Once the oil has heated add the vegetables and season with salt & pepper and soy sauce, cooking for 5 minutes or so until veggies are tender-crisp. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat the fried rice if using.  

Serve chicken, rice and vegetables with mustard sauce on the side.

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