Oyako Donburi (Parent-Child Bowl)

Oya means "parent" and ko means "child." Donburi means "large bowl," the fanciful name for this chicken-and-egg dish is a humorous play on the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. This classic one-bowl meal is simply a chicken omelet, poached in a broth seasoned with sugar and salty soy sauce and served on rice.

  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Start to Finish: 20 mins
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Oyako Donburi (Parent-Child Bowl)
dried shiitake mushrooms
ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts
1 1/2
cups reduced-sodium chicken broth*
cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
tablespoons sugar
cup dry rice wine (sake)
whole bamboo shoots (about 12 ounces each), peeled, and sliced into thin strips (about 1-1/2 cups total) or one 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, drained
green onions, sliced
cup frozen green peas
ounces flake-style imitation crabmeat (surimi) (1 cup)
eggs, beaten
cups hot cooked rice
sheet toasted nori (seaweed), cut into shreds
  1. Pour a small amount of boiling water over dried mushrooms; let stand about 5 minutes or until softened. Drain mushrooms and cut caps into thin slices, discarding stems. Set aside.
  2. Cut chicken into thin bite-size strips (about 1-1/3 cups). Cook chicken, covered, in chicken broth in a large saucepan for 3 to 4 minutes or until no longer pink. Add soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, bamboo shoots, green onions, peas, and mushrooms; return mixture to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 5 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add imitation crabmeat; heat through. Push solids to one side of saucepan. Slowly pour the beaten eggs all at once into the center of the liquid. Cook over low heat (do not boil) just until eggs set, stirring liquid gently once or twice only to prevent omelet from sticking. Try to avoid breaking eggs into fine strands.
  3. To serve, spoon mixture over hot rice in large individual bowls and garnish with shredded nori. Makes four (3/4-cup rice and 1-cup soup) servings.
  4. Recipe adapted from Shoyu:
  5. How to Cook, published by and available from Women's Ministry Group of the Anaheim Japanese Free Methodist Church.
  6. Food exchanges:
  7. 3 starch, 3-1/2 meat, 1/2 fat
From the Test Kitchen
Nutrition Tip:

To reduce sodium content, use homemade chicken broth without added salt.

Nutrition Facts (Oyako Donburi (Parent-Child Bowl))
    Per serving:
  • 409 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1295 mg sodium,
  • 49 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 31 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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