Chicken Katsu Don

Chicken Katsu Don
Namiko Chen


  • chicken tenders (7 ounces total)
  •   Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • eggs
  • 1 Cup  panko breadcrumbs
  •   Oil, for deep-frying
  •   One 1/3-ounce packet powdered dashi
  • 1/2  white or yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  sake
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  mirin
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  sugar
  • 1 Cup  cooked rice
  • sprigs mitsuba (Japanese wild parsley)
  •   Ichimi togarashi (Japanese chili powder), to taste

Today’s recipe, Chicken Katsu Don, might "look" time-consuming but it’s actually not. It’s perfect for a busy day. I usually serve this dish with a bowl of miso soup and a small salad. It’s a pretty balanced meal that is quite filling because of donburi (rice bowl) style. If you use chicken breasts instead of chicken tenders, make sure to cut each piece thin so it will cook faster.

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Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper, to taste, and set out the flour, 1 egg, and panko breadcrumbs in 3 separate small bowls. Heat ½ inch of oil in a frying pan until a frying thermometer reads 350 degrees.

Dredge the chicken in the flour, egg, then panko breadcrumbs, and deep-fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Make 2/3 cup dashi stock according to package directions. In a frying pan, combine the onion, dashi stock, sake, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the onion until wilted. Add the chicken katsu and increase the heat medium-high. Pour and distribute the remaining egg evenly.

When the eggs are halfway cooked, add the mitsuba and turn off the heat. Serve the rice in a bowl and put the chicken and egg mixture on top. Serve with ichimi togarashi on the side.


Calories per serving:

1,252 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 168g 259%
  • Carbs 170g 57%
  • Saturated 14g 69%
  • Fiber 7g 29%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Monounsaturated 82g
  • Polyunsaturated 37g
  • Protein 65g 131%
  • Cholesterol 640mg 213%
  • Sodium 2,584mg 108%
  • Calcium 301mg 30%
  • Magnesium 125mg 31%
  • Potassium 1,052mg 30%
  • Iron 10mg 56%
  • Zinc 5mg 33%
  • Phosphorus 907mg 130%
  • Vitamin A 291µg 32%
  • Vitamin C 22mg 37%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 69%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 67%
  • Niacin (B3) 17mg 84%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 32%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 254µg 63%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 27%
  • Vitamin D 123IU 31%
  • Vitamin E 23mg 114%
  • Vitamin K 313µg 391%
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