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Chicken Donburi (Oyakodon)

Chicken Donburi Recipe

If you slice the chicken to bigger pieces than shown in the photos, increase the simmering time in step 2 by a few more minutes.


  • 200 grams boneless and skinless chicken thigh cut to bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 stalk negi (Japanese scallion) sliced thinly and diagonally; or use mitsuba (Japanese wild parsley)
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 serving cooked Japanese short-grain rice
  • dashes of Shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven flavor chili pepper) to serve

(A) Sauce

  • 100 ml dashi stock cheat by using 1/2 tsp dashi powder with hot water
  • 1 tbsp sake optional
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tsp ginger juice


  1. Marinade chicken thigh with soy sauce and mirin for 15 minutes.
  2. Add (A) to a wok pan. Bring to a simmer. Add and distribute onions and marinated chicken evenly in the pan. Cook until the chicken pieces are cooked on the surface, and simmer for another 3 minutes.
  3. Gently pour the beaten egg evenly over the contents of the saucepan. When the egg is half-cooked, turn off the heat, scatter the scallions over the egg, put on the lid and let the egg continue cooking in the heat for a few more seconds until it reaches the desired consistency (almost cooked but still runny, with moist & silky appearance).
  4. To serve, ladle cooked Japanese rice to two serving bowls. Divide and ladle the egg over the rice and top with dashes of shichimi togarashi.
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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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