Sometimes when I’m feeling lazy after work I like to just make a ‘one pot’ dish for minimal cooking and washing up. Oyakodon is one of these, if you don’t count the rice cooker!
I like oyakodon for its simple ‘clear’ flavours; traditionally it is cooked by simmering chicken in dashi, a kind of fish stock made from bonito flakes, yellow onion and spring onions, with lightly beaten egg added to the mixture, before being transferred onto a bowl of hot steaming rice.
The past few times I’ve cooked oyakodon, I lightly pan-fried the chicken before simmering it in hot water and dashi. Just a preference – it gives the chicken a little more colour. I also like chopping dried seaweed and adding it as a garnish but I’ve run out of dried seaweed! Dried seaweed is a great addition I think because it adds to the Japanese flavours and lends more texture to the otherwise soft, subtle ingredients. However this time around, I lacked a lot of the traditional ingredients so I had to make do without yellow onion (substituting with red), spring onions, and seaweed. It still worked though!
I think I still have a tendency to not add enough boiling water to the chicken when simmering it; the more liquidy the dish, the better :).
Oyakodon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)
Ingredients, for 4 portions
500 grams, chicken thighs, diced into small pieces (not quite bite sized though)
1/2 onion, sliced
3 eggs, beaten lightly
3 stalks spring onion, sliced diagonally into 1 inch pieces
200 ml dashi stock/boiling water mixed with 2 tablespoons dashi powder
1 1/2 tablespoons, light soy sauce for marinating
white sugar, 1/2 tablespoon, for marinating
salt, 1/2 teaspoon, for marinating
2 tablespoon mirin
optional – 1 piece dried seaweed (nori), sliced into thin strips for garnish
1. Marinate chicken in light soy sauce, salt, and a little sugar. Set aside for at least 15 minutes.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large frying pan/skillet on medium heat
3. Pan fry marinated chicken, lightly browning on each side before turning. Add mirin to chicken as it is cooking.
4. When both sides of chicken are slightly coloured, add dashi stock to pan, turning heat to medium-low heat. Add onions.
5. Cover pan with lid and let chicken and onions simmer.
6. After chicken is fully cooked, add spring onions and swirl egg into chicken mixture. Cover pan with lid.
7. When egg is cooked, switch off heat. Serve on top of white rice, with seaweed garnish if using.