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Donburi is named after a Japanese word for a bowl. This comfort dish, traditionally served in a large bowl, is a quick classic, popular in Japanese homes and restaurants around the world, including in the United States. A wide variety of donburi dishes exist, usually containing fish, meat, vegetables, or other ingredients, served over rice. This recipe is for a preparation of oyako don, a donburi dish of chicken and egg. The name of this donburi variety means “parent and child,” referring to the protein ingredients. It is made with dashi broth, a traditional Japanese fish broth.

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free


Dashi Broth:
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ handful of dried bonito flakes (or 1 small pack of dried bonito flakes)


    For Dashi Broth: 
  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the dried bonito flakes and simmer over low heat for 2–3 minutes.
  3. Strain.
  4. For Dish:
  5. In a pan, combine the dashi broth, sugar, sake, soy sauce and mirin. Heat until boiling.
  6. Add the onion and cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Then add the chicken pieces and continue to cook until the meat is cooked through.
  7. In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Pour the beaten egg over the chicken and onion in the pan. Cover and cook for 30 seconds–1 minute.
  8. Serve the egg and chicken over a bed of steamed rice in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over and sprinkle with green onion.

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