This delicious dinner recipe cooks fast on a Blackstone griddle and disappears even faster!
Hibachi chicken served with sautéed vegetables and my addictive Yum Yum sauce is every bit as flavorful as an expensive Japanese steakhouse meal!
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’re loving 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.
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.
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. Use a squirt bottle to add soy sauce, then add a pat of butter. Stir until well coated. Push the chicken to the side of the griddle in an area with lower heat to keep warm.
STEP 3 | Sauté the vegetables
Again, warm up a bit of vegetable oil and sesame oil. Add vegetables in order based on which ones will require more time for cooking. Start with the broccoli and sauté for 3 or 4 minutes, then add the onion and bell peppers.
Add the mushrooms and zucchini last, along with a pat or butter and soy sauce. Cook and stir until the vegetables are just tender.
STEP 4 | Serve
Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a large platter and serve with yum yum sauce.
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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.
Serve hibachi chicken and vegetables over steamed white rice or hibachi rice. Make a bowl of yum yum sauce ahead of time for dipping.
Or, to keep this meal low carb, skip the rice and yum yum sauce altogether — it’s still delicious!
- 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
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 37g
Sheila @ Life, Love & Good Food
Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer
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.