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September 27th, 2012 27 Comments

Oyakodon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice)

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Oyakodon Recipe

Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


1/4 small onion, cut into rings
8 oz chicken thigh or leg, fat trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
Scant 3/4 cup water
1 stalk scallion, cut diagonally


1 1/2 tablespoons Mizkan Bonito Flavored Soup Base
1 1/2 tablespoons Mizkan Honteri Mirin
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce


Combine all the ingredients for  the Sauce in a small bowl. Stir to combine well.


Heat up a small saucepan on high heat and bring the water to boil. Add the sliced onion, chicken, the Sauce, and cook for 2 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Skim off the scum.


Pour the eggs slowly in a circular motion, covering the chicken. Lower the heat to simmer and cover the saucepan with its lid. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked. Add the scallions.


To serve, add steamed rice to two rice bowls and top with the simmered chicken and eggs. Serve immediately.

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  1. bigWOWO says:

    “literally means parent and child bowl. I don’t know the origins of the name…”

    I think it’s just because chickens (parents) lay eggs (children). That’s the way it was explained to me by a Japanese friend.

    • Hi BigWOWO, that’s really interesting. I like it and it makes perfect sense that chicken lays eggs and hence parent and child.

    • Nisei1959 says:

      bigWOWO…you are so right! That is exactly what it means. This is one Japanese dish that my mother used to make us, growing up and I have continued to make it for my family, and now my daughter’s are making it for their families. Definitely a favorite in our family. Thanks for sharing…

  2. AnneMarie says:

    Hi Bee,
    Just wanted to let you know that your books are so popular that my local library (SF) has ordered 12 copies. Initially they had only two but there was a long waitlist. You’re famous! Congrats!

  3. Rowena Bruls via Facebook says:

    i want also to try this recipe . I just saw this recipe this week on Japanese channel.Look delicious there they made a side dish made of tomato ,dried wakame and cucumber with sake dressing.

  4. I love this Oyakodon recipe & I must try this one soon. Just came from a Tokyo family vacation and we enjoyed the food so much, I’m now scouring favorite blogs for Japanese recipes to try. Glad I found yours :-)

  5. Ophel says:

    Hi I like to try this Oyakodon recipe just want to ask if there is a substitute that I can use for Bonito flavored soupbase? Thanks!

  6. Jonathan_Goh85 says:

    :3 made it last night.. sis & mum finished it for me.. I had a hard time finding the sauce in Mid Valley (Malaysia) the other coz no staff seems to know what it is -___-”

  7. Joe says:

    Do you have the recipe of gyudon?

  8. Jinilia says:

    I just tried this recipe yesterday for dinner. Thanks a lot, Bee!! it’s quick and easy to make and simply delicious!!
    btw do u know that i cook everyday from your cook book? lol

  9. jeantreyes says:

    Hi Bee,

    Saw you and your family in an HGTV house hunter episode. One of my favorite show :)
    Glad I did coz now I’ve been cooking a lot using recipes from your site. This site is awesome…love the pictures.

  10. David says:

    I made this tonight. It was very tasty. I do have a question though…

    After the chicken has cooked, should you drain the water from the chicken? I didn’t, and after the egg was done cooking, there was still quite a bit of water in the pot. I just served it onto the rice with a slotted spoon, which drained it on-the-fly. Is this how the end product should be?

  11. roy says:

    If I want to serve 6 can I X3 all ingredients, even the water?

    Thank you

  12. An says:

    Hi Bee,

    I’m having hard time finding Mizkan Bonito Flavored Soup Base? What can I replace it with for what amount? Thanks.

  13. Alicia says:

    Hey Bee!

    Would it work if I substituted the bonito soup base for fish sauce? =P

  14. Adeline says:

    When is the seasoned sauce used in the recipe? I am not very clear based off the procedure outlined. I’d the chicken cooked in the sauce (water) or is the sauce used as a dipping sauce. Pls help to clarify .

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