Hibachi Chicken

Get ready to bring the sizzle of the hibachi grill straight to your kitchen with my Hibachi Chicken recipe! This classic Japanese dish features tender chicken cooked to perfection, with a charred exterior and juicy interior, all infused with savory flavors. Skip the restaurant and enjoy the taste of hibachi at home with this simple yet satisfying recipe. So why wait? Let’s fire up the skillet and get cooking!

Benihana style hibachi chicken served with squash and Japanese ginger dipping sauce, top down shot.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re craving the flavors of authentic Japanese hibachi without the hassle of dining out, you’re in for a treat with my Hibachi Chicken recipe! Using my proven at-home hibachi cooking method featured in my Garlic Chicken Fried Rice and Garlic Butter Vegetable Stir Fry recipes, paired with my signature Hibachi Ginger Sauce, I’ve crafted a dish that perfectly replicates the flavors of your favorite Japanese steakhouse!

Picture tender, juicy chicken, expertly seasoned and seared to perfection using my proven hibachi at home technique, then served alongside my zesty ginger sauce for a dining experience that’ll transport you straight to the hibachi grill! It’s the ultimate hassle-free recipe for anyone craving the taste of authentic hibachi at home. So why wait? Let’s dive in and start cooking up a storm!



  • Chicken – boneless and skinless chicken thigh.
  • Salt sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper ground.
  • Green Zucchni Squash – fresh and sliced or loosely chopped.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Onion – yellow or brown onion.
  • Ginger – fresh ginger and loosely chopped.
  • Rice VinegarRice Vinegar distilled from rice used in Asian cuisine. Can sub with distilled white vinegar.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Sweetener  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Lemon Zest – lightly grated from fresh lemon skin. Best to use organic lemon.
  • Lemon Juice – fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Additional Vegetable Options

Enhance your Hibachi meal by incorporating Mushrooms, Carrots, Onions, Shishito Peppers, Broccoli, and Corn. These additions create a complete hibachi dining experience, adding depth of flavor and variety to your meal.

🍗 Chicken Note

You can replace the chicken thigh with Chicken Breast if preferred.

🌿 Ginger Note

It’s recommended to use Young Ginger when possible, as it tends to have a Stronger and more Vibrant Taste.

Benihana style hibachi chicken served with squash and Japanese ginger dipping sauce.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

Prep Your Ingredients in advance for efficiency and use a roomy Wok or Deep Skillet. Opt for High-Temperature Cooking Oil to achieve that signature hibachi sizzle.

🍖 Brining Pro Tip

For Juicy Chicken, brine the chicken in a solution of 2 Cups of Water with Tablespoons of Salt for 30-45 Minutes prior to baking. If you brine, skip salting the chicken during seasoning.

Step 1 Start with preparing the ginger sauce. Combine chopped onions, ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sweetener, lemon juice, and zest into a food processor. Blend for 20-30 seconds until well combined.

Hibachi ginger sauce in a food processor.

🍲 Sauce Pro Tip

For optimal flavor development, Prepare in Advance and Refrigerate it. Allowing the sauce to rest in the fridge will enhance its flavors.

Step 2 Cut chicken and squash into cubes and season with salt and black pepper.

Seasoned cubed chicken.

Step 3 Add cooking oil to a large non-stick skillet on high heat. Once the oil is up to temperature, add seasoned cubed chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned.

Cubed chicken in a skillet.

💡 Hibachi Cooking Pro Tip

Avoid Overcrowding the pan as it can lead to steaming instead of stir-frying, resulting in soggy rather than crispy chicken. Rather Cook in Batches if needed.

Step 4 Next, add seasoned squash, other vegetables of choice and cook until tender. Serve with dipping sauce.

Hibachi chicken served with ginger sauce.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F for safe consumption.

Recipe Variations

Swap out the chicken with cod to make a delicious Pan Seared Cod with Ginger Sauce variation. Enjoy tender cod fillets seared to perfection and paired with the zesty ginger sauce for a delightful seafood twist on the original dish.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair your chicken hibachi with a complete Japanese meal featuring salad dressed with Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing, Japanese Chicken Soup, Japanese Beef Fried Rice, and either Mason Jar Matcha Ice Cream or Matcha Panna Cotta for dessert. Enjoy the full hibachi dining experience at home with these delicious dishes.

Benihana style hibachi chicken being dipped into Japanese ginger dipping sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I marinate the chicken in the ginger sauce before cooking?

For hibachi, there is no need to marinate. The ginger sauce is designed to carry enough flavor to flavor the chicken.

What is the best way to achieve the perfect sear on the chicken?

To achieve the perfect sear on the chicken, it's essential to use high heat and ensure that the oil is preheated before adding the chicken.

Can I use frozen chicken instead of fresh for this recipe?

Yes, but ensure it's fully defrosted before seasoning to ensure even cooking.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when making Hibachi Chicken at home?

Common mistakes include overcrowding the pan and using a pan that's too small, which can prevent the chicken from searing properly and lead to steaming instead of searing.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place the chicken and unused sauce in separate airtight containers. The chicken will remain good for 3-5 days, while the sauce can last for 10-14 days.

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Benihana style hibachi chicken served with squash and Japanese ginger dipping sauce.

Hibachi Chicken

Indulge in the delectable flavors of Hibachi Chicken with this easy-to-follow recipe. Enjoy tender, juicy chicken paired perfectly with our signature Hibachi Ginger Sauce. Perfect for a hassle-free homemade hibachi experience!
5 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Hibachi Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Brine Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 381kcal



  • 12 oz Chicken Thigh can sub with chicken breast
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Whole Green Squash
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral, no flavor or taste



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for hibachi chicken.
  • To prepare the ginger dipping sauce, combine loosely chopped onions, ginger, lemon zest, lemon juice, sweetener, soy sauce, and rice vinegar in a food processor. Pulse until the desired consistency is reached (about 20-30seconds), then transfer to a serving bowl.
    Hibachi ginger sauce in a food processor.
  • Cute chicken and squash into cubes and season with salt and black pepper.
    Seasoned cubed chicken.
  • Add cooking oil to a skillet and heat it over high heat. Once the oil is preheated, reduce the heat to medium-high and carefully add the chicken. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes until the chicken is slightly browned.
    Cubed chicken in a skillet.
  • After 2-3 minutes, add squash, mix well and cook covered for another 1-2 minute until chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken and squash to a serving plate and serve with ginger sauce.
    Hibachi chicken served with ginger sauce.


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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