Benihana Teriyaki Chicken Recipe: How To

Last Updated on August 21, 2022

Today, we’re going to be looking at a Benihana teriyaki chicken recipe, and how to recreate this fan favorite from Benihana. With summer finally upon us, you may be looking for some inspiration for new recipes that aren’t too heavy, but are still incredibly delicious. The teriyaki chicken from Benihana is one of their most popular dishes, so it’s no wonder you’re looking to make this dish at home. Let’s take a closer look.

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What Is Benihana?

Benihana started as an American restaurant in New York that served Japanese cuisine. It’s now been around for almost 60 years and has over 100 locations around the world, including Japan, UK and the US. They’re most famous for their dishes such as teriyaki and hibachi chicken.

What is Benihana teriyaki chicken?

The teriyaki chicken at Benihana is simply grilled chicken breast, that is served with their unique homemade teriyaki sauce. This dish also comes with mushrooms and is best paired with rice.

What is the sauce at Benihana

Ingredients in Benihana teriyaki chicken

You may be wondering what ingredients you need for this dish. And the chicken and the sauce itself does not need too many ingredients. The ingredients you’ll need for the chicken and the sauce include:

  • chicken breasts
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • hoisin sauce
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • sake (rice wine)
  • mirin (sweet cooking sake)
  • ketchup
  • sugar
  • black pepper
  • cornstarch
  • water
  • apple juice

Nutritional information of Benihana teriyaki chicken

You may be curious as to the nutritional value of this dish. A serving of our teriyaki chicken recipe contains the following:

  • Calories: 499
  • Carbs: 37g
  • Protein: 33g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Cholesterol: 133mg
  • Sodium: 2106mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 8g
 

Copycat Benihana Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Now let’s get down to the reason you’re here: how to recreate the teriyaki chicken from Benihana. This recipe is loosely inspired by one from The Girl on Bloor, who originally has a recipe for the Hibachi chicken from Benihana – but it’s all about the teriyaki for me!

Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

For the chicken:

  • 1lb of diced chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger

For the teriyaki sauce:

  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of sake (rice wine)
  • 1 cup of mirin (sweet cooking sake)
  • 5 teaspoons of ketchup
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • pinch of black pepper
  • slurry: 1/3 cup of cornstarch and 1/3 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of apple juice

For the vegetables:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

For the rice:

  • 2 cups of cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 4 sliced green onions

Recipe

Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Make the marinade

Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic cloves, and fresh ginger to a bowl. Mix well. At this point, you can either place the chicken into the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, or you can pour over the chicken in a pan. Cook the chicken over a medium to high heat for around 10 minutes, or until completely cooked through. Remove chicken from pan.

Step 2: Add the veggies

Add oil to the pan and add your carrots, mushrooms, onion and zucchini. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Leave to cook for around five minutes. Once cooked, remove from heat and leave to one side.
What do hibachi chefs squirt on rice
 

Step 3: Make the teriyaki sauce

To make the teriyaki sauce, add your soy sauce, sake, mirin, ketchup, sugar and black pepper to a pan. Cook over a medium heat for around 10 minutes. After this time, gradually add the slurry mixture (of 1/3 cornstarch and 1/3 water) to the pan until mixed well. Now add the apple juice and stir well before serving

Step 4: Make the rice

Once your rice has been cooked over the stove/rice cooker, keep it close by to make your accompanying rice dish. Melt the butter for the rice into the same pan and add the minced garlic, and cook for around 30 seconds. Add the soy sauce and cooked rice. Leave for around five minutes on a medium heat until heated through. Once hot, make a circle in the center or rice and add your egg, stirring until the egg has just set. Remove from heat and plate the rice, vegetables, and chicken – alongside the teriyaki sauce. You can pour over the chicken or glaze chicken in the pan for a few minutes before serving. Serve and enjoy!

Conclusion

I hope this post has helped you to become more familiar with the Benihana teriyaki chicken recipe. Once you taste this, you’ll soon realize why it’s one of their most popular dishes. While it does need a few ingredients, once you’ve stocked up your pantry, you can remake this dish again and again with very few additional ingredients.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making chicken teriyaki? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

FAQs

What Do Hibachi Chefs Squirt on Rice?

Hibachi chefs have many bottles of liquid that they may be squirting on your food. However, if they're squirting liquid onto your rice, it'll usually be a mixture of oil, soy sauce and mirin (rice cooking wine)

What is the Sauce at Benihana?

For chicken and beef, Benihana usually serve a mustard sauce to accompany their dishes. For vegetables and seafood, they typically serve a ginger sauce.

Which is Sweeter Teriyaki or Hibachi?

If you're looking for a sweet sauce, I would definitely recommend teriyaki. Teriyaki is not only far sweeter than hibachi, but I find it to be more flavorful too.

What is the Difference Between Teriyaki and Hibachi?

While some people think they're the same - this is not the case. The type of sauce used for each is different. One is a sweet glaze, while the other is cooked in a soy sauce. Teriyaki is often marinated before being cooked too.

Benihana Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Benihana Teriyaki Chicken Recipe: How To

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Today, we're going to be looking at a Benihana teriyaki chicken recipe, and how to recreate this fan favorite from Benihana. With summer finally upon us, you may be looking for some inspiration for new recipes that aren't too heavy, but are still incredibly delicious. The teriyaki chicken from Benihana is one of their most popular dishes, so it's no wonder you're looking to make this dish at home. Let's take a closer look.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese

Ingredients
  

For the chicken:

  • 1 lb of diced chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger

For the teriyaki sauce:

  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of sake (rice wine)
  • 1 cup of mirin (sweet cooking sake)
  • 5 teaspoons of ketchup
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • pinch of black pepper
  • slurry: 1/3 cup of cornstarch and 1/3 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of apple juice

For the vegetables:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

For the rice:

  • 2 cups of cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 4 sliced green onions

Instructions
 

  • Make the marinade
    Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic cloves, and fresh ginger to a bowl. Mix well. At this point, you can either place the chicken into the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, or you can pour over the chicken in a pan. Cook the chicken over a medium to high heat for around 10 minutes, or until completely cooked through. Remove chicken from pan.
    1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 4 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, 1 lb of diced chicken breasts
  • Add the veggies
    Add oil to the pan and add your carrots, mushrooms, onion and zucchini. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Leave to cook for around five minutes. Once cooked, remove from heat and leave to one side.
    1 cup of soy sauce, 1 thinly sliced carrot, 1 cup of sliced mushrooms, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped zucchini, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, salt (to taste), pepper (to taste), 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Make the teriyaki sauce
    To make the teriyaki sauce, add your soy sauce, sake, mirin, ketchup, sugar and black pepper to a pan. Cook over a medium heat for around 10 minutes. After this time, gradually add the slurry mixture (of 1/3 cornstarch and 1/3 water) to the pan until mixed well. Now add the apple juice and stir well before serving
    1 cup of soy sauce, 1/2 cup of sake (rice wine), 1 cup of mirin (sweet cooking sake), 5 teaspoons of ketchup, 1 cup of sugar, pinch of black pepper, slurry: 1/3 cup of cornstarch and 1/3 cup of water, 3 tablespoons of apple juice
  • Make the rice
    Once your rice has been cooked over the stove/rice cooker, keep it close by to make your accompanying rice dish. Melt the butter for the rice into the same pan and add the minced garlic, and cook for around 30 seconds. Add the soy sauce and cooked rice. Leave for around five minutes on a medium heat until heated through. Once hot, make a circle in the center or rice and add your egg, stirring until the egg has just set. Remove from heat and plate the rice, vegetables, and chicken - alongside the teriyaki sauce. You can pour over the chicken or glaze chicken in the pan for a few minutes before serving. Serve and enjoy!
    2 cups of cooked white rice, 2 tablespoons of butter, 4 minced garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 egg, 4 sliced green onions
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