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What’s the secret to making restaurant-quality hibachi at home? A hot griddle and a little prep work!
Hibachi, literally “fire bowl”, is a traditional Japanese charcoal cooking device with a grate. In America, the hibachi food we love is typically prepared on an electric or gas flat top grill (or griddle).
With this cooking technique, everything happens quickly — like with stir fry recipes — so it’s best to measure and prep all the ingredients before you even turn on the heat.
- This hibachi chicken recipe was written for cooking on an outdoor flat-top gas griddle like this Blackstone model. My husband purchased his Blackstone griddle earlier this year, and we love it!
- Squirt bottles and long handled spatulas also come in handy for griddle cooking.
Key ingredients & substitutions for Hibachi Chicken
- Chicken — A pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts will make four servings. If you prefer dark meat, use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
- Oil — Because you’re cooking on high heat, use oil with a high smoke point like vegetable or canola oil, which also have a neutral flavor. Sunflower seed and avocado oils also have a high smoke point and are suitable for cooking on high heat.
- Sesame oil — Just a few drops adds the distinct sesame flavor found in many Asian dishes.
- Fresh garlic and ginger — Along with onions, these aromatics are the base for a delicious final outcome!
- Soy sauce — Soy sauce adds a lot of flavor, but is also loaded with sodium, so be careful if adding more salt to the dish. I always purchase healthier low-sodium soy sauce and feel it is just as flavorful.
- Veggies — Onion, of course, plus zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli round out the dish. You could toss in julienned carrots, bean sprouts or even bok choy, if you like.
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How to make hibachi chicken and vegetables
STEP 1 | Prep the ingredients
The dish comes together so quickly that you’ll want to practice mise en place — the French term for measuring and gathering all the ingredients needed ahead of time. Peel and mince garlic cloves, grate fresh ginger, and cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes.
Next, prep the vegetables. Cut mushrooms in half, cut the onion and bell pepper into strips, and cut the zucchini into bâtonnets.
- Bâtonnets – Is a French vegetable cut that resembles little sticks, or batons. To cut a bâtonnet, first cut off the ends of the zucchini, then slice along the sides to square it off into a rectangle. Cut horizontally to make 1/4-inch planks, then cut each plank into 1/4-inch sticks. Watch this video for the technique.
Now that the vegetables are ready, assemble them on a tray along with squeeze bottles filled with oil and soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, and butter — and place it near the griddle so you’ll have what you need at your fingertips as you prepare the food.
STEP 2 | Sear the chicken
Preheat the griddle to medium high heat and warm the vegetable oil and sesame oil. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger and cook until fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic.
Immediately add the chicken and sear on the hot griddle, turning frequently, until light golden brown and smelling delicious.
Use a squirt bottle to add soy sauce, then add a pat of butter. Stir until well coated. Use your long spatula to push the chicken to the side of the griddle in an area with lower heat to keep it warm.
The chicken is looking good, so let’s move on to the veggies!
STEP 3 | Sauté the vegetables
Again, warm up a bit of vegetable oil and sesame oil. You’ll want to add the vegetables in order based on which ones will require more time for cooking.
Let’s start with the broccoli and sauté it for 3 or 4 minutes. Next, add the onion and bell peppers — now the aroma is really irresistible!
Add the mushrooms and zucchini last, along with a pat of butter and soy sauce. Cook and stir all this together until the vegetables are just tender — you don’t want the zucchini getting mushy!
STEP 4 | Serve
Use two long-handled spatulas to scoop up and transfer the chicken and vegetables to a large platter. Gather everyone around the table and dig in! Oh, and don’t forget the yum yum sauce for dipping!
Must-Have Griddle Accessories
Cooking on a griddle is so much easier and more efficient if you have the right tools, and this kit has it all!
- 2 over-sized griddle spatulas
- 1 chopper/scraper
- 2 squeeze bottles
- cleaning brush
Frequently asked questions
You may need to cook in batches, but you can use a large skillet over the stove instead.
Absolutely! Beef tenderloin tips are great for hibachi cooking, but any tender, lean cut of beef steak will do.
All the ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten free with the exception of soy sauce, which often contain soy and wheat. If you have a gluten intolerance, be sure to look for a gluten free soy sauce or use coconut aminos as a substitute.
Steam a big bowl of white rice (my favorite is jasmine rice) ahead of time and ladle hibachi chicken and vegetables on top. And don’t forget to make a bowl of yum yum sauce ahead of time, too.
Since the griddle is still hot, you could easily stir fry up a batch of hibachi rice with a couple of beaten eggs, scallions, soy sauce, and butter.
Or, to keep this meal low carb, skip the rice and yum yum sauce altogether — it’s still amazingly delicious!
Hibachi Chicken & Vegetables
- Griddle or flat top gas grill
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 large white onion cut into strips
- 2 small zucchini cut into strips
- 1 cup mushrooms halved
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/2 large bell pepper cut into strips
- 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Yum Yum Sauce for serving
- Preheat the griddle to medium high heat and warm the vegetable oil and sesame oil. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger and cook until fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic.
- Immediately add the chicken and sear, turning frequently, until light golden brown. Add the soy sauce and butter, stirring until well coated.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm until ready to serve.
- Again, add vegetable oil and sesame oil to the griddle and heat until warm.
- Add the broccoli and sauté for 3 – 4 minutes, until crisp tender. Then, add the onion and bell peppers and cook for 3 – 4 minutes.
- Last, add the mushrooms, zucchini, butter, and soy sauce. Add a few grinds of black pepper.
- Cook and stir until the vegetables are just tender.
- You may need to cook in batches, but you may also use a large skillet over the stove instead of griddle cooking.
- All the ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten free with the exception of soy sauce, which often contain soy and wheat. If you have a gluten intolerance, be sure to look for a gluten free soy sauce or use coconut aminos as a substitute.
Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.
About Sheila Thigpen
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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.