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How to make homemade Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp

A skillet of hibachi chicken and shrimp.

I’m reposting this recipe that was originally on my food-wasting blog, as it’s been probably the most popular thing I ever posted there!

Apparently there a lot of people google “How to make homemade hibachi”.

It’s not really an authentic Hibachi recipe, as I think that would only use soy sauce and maybe some oil with the meat and vegetables.

Regardless, it’s pretty delicious, and it tastes a lot like the Hibachi dishes we’ve eaten out.

Hibachi chicken in a skillet.

I use sweet onions and fresh zucchini when I make this, but a lot of other vegetables would work too (clean out your veggie drawer and avoid some food waste!).

And I generally use chicken breasts and shrimp, but you could use other meats or seafood, and you can use boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts.

A skillet of hibachi chicken and shrimp.

Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A quick stir-fry to serve over rice with yum yum sauce


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts (or boneless thighs), cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/4-1/2 pound of shrimp, peeled
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups cooked brown or white rice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Mix all marinade ingredients together and pour half over chicken (don't marinate the shrimp, if you're using them). Let marinate in the refrigerator at least one hour or overnight.

Reserve the other half of marinade to use as sauce.

In a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat and add chicken and onions. Saute until onions are tender and chicken is nearly cooked. Add zucchini(and shrimp, if using) and cook until zucchini is tender-crisp and shrimp is pink.

(This should only take a few minutes, as zucchini is best gently cooked, and shrimp also cook quickly.)

Pour about 1/4 cup of reserved sauce into the pan and cook and stir until all ingredients are coated. Remaining sauce may be stirred into rice if desired.

Serve the rice onto dinner plates and top with chicken, shrimp and vegetables. Add yum yum sauce if desired.

(Alternate chicken cooking method: Because I love grilled chicken, I often marinate and grill my chicken breasts whole, let them cool, cut them into chunks, and then stir them into the pan after the veggies and shrimp are cooked. Cooking the chicken on a gas grill is hardly authentic Hibachi, but hey, neither is marinating it or using a sauce that has 9 ingredients. I’m obviously not terribly concerned about authenticity!)

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Monday 10th of October 2022

We have been making this recipe for a few months and everyone loves it! If you have the time, fried rice is our fav upgrade to this but we have never had a bad experience with the recipe as is. Easy to double for a crowd too!


Saturday 23rd of April 2022

Made this on our blackstone griddle! Big hit! Making again tonight. I did as a commenter suggested and used light brown sugar in place of sugar.

Tammy Hamilton

Monday 16th of August 2021

Just made this!!! It was delicious! I only used shrimp, just b'cuz, and it was great. The sauce recipe was spot on and better than what we've had at a local restaurant.


Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Thank you this was really helpful to a first timer making hibachi chicken.

Sam Roberts

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Thank you Kristen that shared this great recipe, it is very tasty and it is not difficult to prepare. Do you think you can add seaweed to this recipe? would that spoil the taste?


Thursday 25th of March 2021

I think I'd try adding a little to a single serving to test out the idea!

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