Chicken Teriyaki Don

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Donburi literally translates to rice bowl and is popular in Japanese cuisine. It is a one bowl wonder consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or any other ingredients simmered together and served over rice.

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Marinate chicken with lemongrass and garlic

Step 1 - Preheat oven, marinate and cook chicken and rice

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Rub chicken thighs with crushed lemongrass, 1 tsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp lime juice and minced garlic, marinate for 1 hour before placing in a oven at 180°C for 20 minutes.
  • Wash rice and add to your rice cooker. 300 g is approximately 3 cups, so follow the marking in the rice cooker to add the correct amount of water. When cooked, set aside.
    Rice is incredibly important to the Japanese. The word for cooked rice, gohan or meshi, also stands for a meal
Cook teriyaki sauce in a pot

Step 2- Cook teriyaki sauce

  • In a pan on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil and fry ginger until brown. Add spring onions, 2 Tbsp light soy sauce, 1 Tbsp dark soy sauce, 1 Tbsp sugar and 100 ml water, then bring to a boil.
  • Once boiled, reduce at a low heat for 3 minutes, then strain out the spring onions and set aside.
Slice chicken in teriyaki sauce

Step 3 - Assemble

  • Remove chicken from oven and slice.
    These one-bowl meals are generally called donburi. They consist of its namesake topping (chicken/salmon/unagi) and rice (don). In fact, the kanji 丼 is read donburi on its own and simply don when it’s used as part of the meal's name

Plate and Serve!

Teriyaki chicken with rice and pea shoots and seaweed in a bowl

To serve, place sliced chicken gently on top, then drizzle teriyaki sauce over the chicken. Garnish with fresh pea shoots, carrots, spring onion and sesame seeds.

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