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Chicken Donburi (Oyakodon)

I have been eating out a lot more lately due to changes in my work schedule, which makes me yearn for home-cooked meals constantly. A donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish) such as this chicken donburi aka oyakodon is a great way to cook for the family without slaving in the kitchen.

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The Japanese name of chicken donburi, Oyakodon (親子丼), literally and poetically translates as “parent-and-child donburi” – where the “parent” is the chicken and the “child” is the egg. Chicken, egg and onions are simmered in a quick dashi sauce and served over steamed rice. This is a great 30-minute one-dish-meal, though if I have a bit more time, I will whip up a fast and easy Japanese wafu salad (preparing the salad dressing the night before) for extra greens on the table.

Chicken Donburi (Oyakodon) Recipe

I love to use the chicken thigh cut as the chicken remains tender and juicy after cooking. The bulk of the work in cooking this dish is the preparation of the chicken. I use kitchen scissors to remove the bones and trim the extra fats (which you can opt to leave on for additional flavour), then slice the chicken to bite-sized pieces. The chicken is ready to cook after marinating in soy sauce and mirin for 15 minutes.

Chicken Donburi Recipe

9 comments on “Chicken Donburi (Oyakodon)”

  1. This looks simple yet very delicious and moreish.

  2. Chicken don is one of my favourite Japanese dish. The chicken pieces are moist and juicy.

  3. Chicken donburi has been in my to-do list for the longest time! Everytime I think of making it, I will find it too troublesome, so I don’t make it.
    You make it sound so easy.

  4. I love your recipes! Where can I buy the dashi powder? I have been to fairprice and Daiso but I can’t find them. Thanks!

    • Hi Susie, the dashi sold at NTUC or Daiso is usually in a box form and comes in sachets. Not all outlets stock that, you may have to go to the bigger outlets with a comprehensive Japanese dried goods section. The dashi I prefer comes in a glass bottle, its more convenient to use because one can measure the amount with a spoon. I got the glass bottle at Sakuraya, Parkway. I’ll feature dashi as an ingredient soon. I’m quite sure Meidi-ya, Isetan Scotts and Taka Cold Storage are a good bet to find them (and in close proximity too). Good luck!

    • Thanks so much! Been looking for it…going to cook this for my little ones :)
      Looking forward to more recipes!

  5. Hi, is there any substitute for dashi if I do not have any? Thanks!

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