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:

991 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 137g 211%
  • Carbs 141g 47%
  • Saturated 14g 69%
  • Fiber 5g 20%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 24g
  • Protein 36g 72%
  • Cholesterol 558mg 186%
  • Sodium 1,689mg 70%
  • Calcium 263mg 26%
  • Magnesium 80mg 20%
  • Potassium 628mg 18%
  • Iron 8mg 44%
  • Zinc 3mg 23%
  • Phosphorus 488mg 70%
  • Vitamin A 1,827IU 37%
  • Vitamin C 21mg 34%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 42%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 57%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 27%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 28%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 254µg 63%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 27%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 23mg 114%
  • Vitamin K 283µg 354%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 82g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 37g
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