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This Benihana Chicken Fried Rice is the perfect copycat recipe for homemade hibachi, just like the one served at Benihana. It's super delicious and easy to make at home, no tricks required, only lots of garlic butter.

Benihana Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

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This Benihana Chicken Fried Rice is the perfect copycat recipe for homemade hibachi, just like the one served at Benihana. It's super delicious and easy to make at home, no tricks required, only lots of garlic butter.
Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp safflower oil
  • 8 oz chicken thighs
  • 2 cups rice (cooked and cold) ** check the Notes
  • 2 tbsp garlic butter (+ 1 tsp extra for the rice - this is optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup green onions (sliced)
  • ¼ cup onion (diced)
  • ¼ cup carrots (diced)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Garnish:

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp green onions

Benihana Garlic Butter Recipe:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Instructions:

Prep the Fried Rice:

  • Break the cold rice using fork. Set aside. Cut the veggies and set aside.
  • Using wok or skillet, heat the safflower oil over medium heat. Cook the chicken and stir occasionally until it turned to lightly brown, firm and opaque throughout.
  • Season with salt and pepper, continue to stir and add 2 tbsp of garlic butter and stir to coat the chicken.
  • Push the chicken on the side and add the green onions, onions and carrots. Stir until softened. Scramble the eggs (season the eggs with salt and pepper). Stir and combine all together.
  • Add the cold rice, season with oyster sauce and fish sauce. Stir and stir until the rice is warm and brown.
  • Serve hot and top with green onions and sesame seeds.

Prep the Garlic Butter:

  • Gather all the ingredients and combine in a bowl using a folding method.
  • Gently fold the room temperature UNSALTED butter toward the center of the bowl until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Once you get the desired even color, you have reached the right consistency. You can stop right there because you don't want the butter to soften too much while at room temperature.
  • Place the garlic butter mixture in a container (with airtight lid) and store in the fridge for future use. The butter will last for at least 3 weeks or will be good for a month if being stored in the fridge (in an airtight lid container).

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Notes

Different methods to cool down the rice:
  • Fanned Rice

    Fanned rice is cooked rice that's spread on a tray to cool down. Place it under the fan for about an hour to let the rice dry up but not end up stale, just like you need it.
  • Fresh Cooked rice

    You can also make excellent fried rice with freshly cooked rice. You just have to spread it out on a plate or tray when it is still hot. Leave it there for a few minutes, which gives the rice surface moisture enough time to evaporate.
  • Day-Old rice

    Rice, that is a day old, is perfect for fried rice but may clump. It's better to loosen it up with your hands before adding to the wok to stir-fry. And as it's internally drier than freshly cooked rice, you will have quickly start with its stir-frying to ensure it doesn't get hard. Otherwise, a day's old rice is excellent for making fried rice.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 1211mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1829IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2mg

Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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Course: Brunch
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keywords: Benihana chicken fried rice, Benihana fried rice, Benihana garlic butter recipe