Cheater’s recipe: Oyako Donburi (親子丼)

I love Japanese food and am always in search of simple enough Japanese recipes to replicate in the kitchen.  While thinking of what I should be cooking up for tonight’s dinner, I suddenly had a craving for something Japanese.  I knew I had to feed the Man with rice and since we are watching out our throats (so no fried stuff), I decided to make Oyako Donburi (親子丼) for it was rather simple – just chicken, onions, egg served with sauce over rice.

Most of the recipes that I found online called for Dashi stock but I didn’t have any.  So, I improvised a little using the cold noodle soba dipping sauce as a replacement and it turned out tasting just as good.  The Man’s standards are pretty high and if he says it’s good, then it really is – I’m not blowing my own trumpet.  Hehe.

So, enjoy a taste of Japan with this modern and cheater’s recipe to home-made Oyako Donburi that you can easily whip up for a quick dinner.

Simple Oyako-Don (親子丼) Recipe


  • Cooked Japanese rice (or plain white rice if you ain’t fussy) for 1
  • 1 boneless chicken thigh (150g), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 small white onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 1/2 cup Zarusoba cold noodles dipping sauce (you can easily purchase this at most Japanese supermarkets)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon of Mirin
  • Coriander for garnish (optional)


  1. In a small shallow pan, mix Zarusoba cold noodles dipping sauce, water and mirin and bring to boil.
  2. Add in chicken and onions, cook until almost done.
  3. Pour in the lightly beaten egg over the chicken pieces.
  4. Cover the pan and allow the egg to slowly simmer till it is almost cooked.
  5. Scoop rice into a plate or bowl.
  6. Gently slide the chicken and egg on top of rice.
  7. Add coriander for garnish and serve immediately.



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