Chicken Katsu Don

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Chicken Katsu Don
Chicken Katsu Don
Namiko Chen

Chicken Katsu Don

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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Ready in
40 m
Deliver Ingredients


  • 4 chicken tenders (7 ounces total)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 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
  • 6 sprigs mitsuba (Japanese wild parsley)
  • Ichimi togarashi (Japanese chili powder), to taste


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.

Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.