Share NoshOnIt


Oyakodon translates to "parent and child rice bowl" which reflects the unique nature of this simple yet comforting Japanese dish where both chicken and eggs are poached in dashi broth and served over rice. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef


Oyakodon – Japanese Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl

Japanese comfort food in a jiffy

One of the things we love about Oyakodon is not only how quickly it comes together but the story behind the name. With oya meaning “parent,” ko meaning “child,” and don being short for donburi or Japanese rice bowl, Oyakodon literally translates into “parent and child Japanese rice bowl.” Given that this simple dish has both chicken (the parent) and eggs (the “child”) poached in dashi broth, it’s a very fitting name! After simmering dashi, the traditional Japanese soup stock, with sugar and soy sauce, thin slices of chicken and onion are added, soaking up the flavorful broth. At the end, whisked eggs are poured in, quickly poaching in the broth and “grabbing” onto the chicken and onions, creating a soft, fluffy omelette that is then served over rice. Quick, comforting, healthy, and deilcious, Oyakodon is the perfect way to foray into traditional Japanese cuisine from the comfort of your own kitchen.


Rachael Hutchings

Food Blogger and Writer

Rachael Hutchings from La Fuji Mama

My cooking philosophy is influenced by my children. I believe food shouldn’t be dumbed down for children, and that mealtime is an opportunity to explore the flavors of different cultures. I believe in using fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch.

Rachael is the writer, recipe developer, and photographer behind the internationally-inspired blog La Fuji Mama, where she shares her delicious, from-scratch, family-friendly recipes with the world. After spending years living around the world, Rachael has brought her global inspiration back to her home in California, where she uses food as a way to educate her children about different cultures. One of the things we love about Rachael is that she makes this kind of food delicious, approachable, AND fun so we not only enjoy the final product but also the process of exploring and learning along the way.

Head over to La Fuji Mama and say hello to Rachael on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


How to Cook Japanese Short-Grain Rice

Short grain rice is the traditional rice used in sushi and Japanese dishes. This technique shows you how to cook Japanese short grain rice perfectly.

Read the full tip >