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Oyako don (親子丼): Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl

Oyako don (親子丼)
Oyako don (親子丼) is a very common and popular donburi (i.e. rice bowl) found everywhere in Japan.

It is a very simple dish made mainly with chicken and eggs.

The name literally translates to “Parent and child” (親子) rice bowl, and is referring to the fact that chicken and egg are like a parent and child. 😂

Read on for more interesting info about Oyako don:


original oyakodon

The main ingredients of Oyako don are:

  • Rice
  • Chicken
  • Egg

Chicken thigh is more popular in Japan, although chicken breast (or other parts) can also be used. Typically, onions are also added (although not necessary).

Green onions, green peas, or mitsuba (i.e. Japanese parsely) are commonly used as a garnish. Basically, anything green. ☘️

Standard oyako-don seasoning is made with a mixture of soy sauce, mirin, dashi, and sugar.


Oyako don is easily found in restaurants all across Japan. It is also a very typical home-cooked meal due to its simplicity.

The first oyako-don is thought to be first invented at a restaurant in Tokyo (see history below):

History / Origin

tamahide restaurant tokyo oyakodon
The original oyako don restaurant — Tahamide (玉ひで)

The exact origin of oyako-don is under debate, although many claim it was invented in 1891 by a restaurant called Tamahide (玉ひで) in Tokyo.

It is said that the dish was inspired by sukiyaki. Customers would mix together their leftover sukiyaki broth, chicken, and egg, and eat it together with a bowl of rice.

Oyako don was initially a “delivery-only” dish as it was considered too low-class to be served in restaurants.

Eventually, the dish became so popular that they also started serving it inside the restaurant.

The original Tamahide restaurant is still in operation. If you’re in Tokyo, make sure to stop by and try an original oyakodon! (Click here for Google Maps location).

Check out this video about Tamahide restaurant by Great Big Story on Youtube:

How to Make Oyako-don

Oyako-don is fairly simple to make. All you need is chicken, egg, onion, and a few typical Japanese seasoning ingredients.

Below is a straightforward recipe via kurashiru

Simple Oyako-don Recipe (親子丼)

Course: Main, DonburiCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy


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Easy oyako-don recipe. Original recipe, images, and video from kurashiru


  • Equipment
  • Pot / Pan

  • Chopsticks

  • Bowl

  • Ingredients
  • Cooked rice … 400g (approx 2 bowls)

  • Onion … 1

  • Chicken thigh … 200g

  • Egg (M size) … 2

  • Cooking oil … 1 tablespoon

  • Mitsuba or green onion (optional) … for garnish

  • Sauce
  • Cooking wine … 2 tablespoons

  • Mirin … 2 tablespoons

  • Dashi powder … 1 teaspoon

  • Sugar … 1 tablespoon

  • Soy sauce … 2 tablespoons


  • Prep
  • Cook some rice
  • Thinly slice onions, cut chicken into bite size strips or pieces (approx 1-2cm)oyako don cut chicken
  • Lightly beat eggs in a bowloyako don beat eggs
  • Start Cooking
  • Put cooking oil in a frying pan and heat over medium heat, add in chicken and stir fryoyako don stir fry chicken
  • When chicken begins to brown, add in onions and stir fry until softoyako don stir fry onions
  • Add in all sauce ingredients and continue to simmer over medium heatoyako don simmer sauce
  • When chicken is cooked through, pour in 2/3 of the lightly beaten eggsoyako don recipe egg 1
  • When eggs are half-cooked, pour in remainder of eggs, and continue heating for about 10 seconds, then remove from heatoyako don recipe egg 2
  • Scoop rice into a bowl, and layer the oyako-don on top. Garnish with mitsuba or green onion if you like.oyakodon recipe
  • Enjoy!

Recipe Video


  • You can also use chicken breast instead of chicken thigh, though it won’t be as juicy
  • Adjust sugar and soy sauce to your own preferences


Have you ever tried oyako-don before? What did you think of it?

Do you prefer the chicken, or the egg? 😆

Leave your thoughts and comments below!

Chef Goku

Chef Goku

Chef Goku is the founder and sole operator of The Chef Dojo. He loves Japanese food, and has lived in and out of Japan for many years. He started this blog in 2018 to share everything he learns about Japanese food and cooking. He is also a self-certified Japanese knife nerd. Contact Chef Goku

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