Chicken Katsu Donburi

Chicken Katsu Donburi

Chicken Kastu is a Japanese version of battered and fried boneless chicken pieces.  It can be eaten as a main dish or as part of a noodle or rice bowl where slices of the fried chicken is placed on top of noodles or rice.  If you place it over rice it’s called Katsu Donburi which is a Chicken Katsu rice bowl with eggs.

Katsu Don is one of my favorite Japanese comfort foods.  It’s very similar to my favorite Tendon or Tempura Donburi.  It’s pretty much made the same way, but instead of topping it off with Shrimp Tempura you top it off with  sliced Chicken Katsu.

So to make Katsu Don I make a couple of Chicken Katsu then use my recipe of Tendon.  Easy peasy!

First you make the fried chicken, I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs so it stays tender and juicy.  I also find that thighs are tastier for this type of dish.  But if you want to use boneless breasts you can, just pound it into a thin piece for easier cooking without burning the batter.  I use Panko for breading, if you can’t find it at your grocery store you’ll definitely find it at an Asian Market.  Or you can use plain breadcrumbs.

Once you’ve got the chicken katsu done and set aside just follow the recipe for the Donburi Sauce and the Donburi itself.  In short skip the tempura part of the recipe. 

So here’s what you need to make Katsu Don at home.

Katsu Don

Ingredients:

2 Pieces Boneless Skinless Chicken thighs.

1/2 Cup Flour

1 Egg Beaten

1 Cup Panko bread crumbs.  Or plain bread crumbs

Oil for frying

Donburi Sauce – click here for the recipe

Donburi Egg mixture and bowl instructions – click here for the recipe

Directions:

Dry chicken thighs with a paper towel.

Place flour, beaten egg, and panko in 3 separate bowls.

Line bowls up in this order by your stove – egg, flour, panko – assembly line fashion.  Panko should be bowl closest to stove.

Heat oil in frying pan.

Roll chicken thigh in flour to coat all sides.

Dip in beaten egg.

Roll in Panko to coat all sides.

Shake off excess panko.

Place in hot oil.

Cook until both sides are golden brown.

Drain on rack and set aside.

Make Donburi Sauce and Donburi Bowl click here for those recipes.

Slice fried chicken thighs into 1′ pieces and place the pieces in the bowl on top of rice and fried egg mixture.

Garnish with green onions and seaweed flakes if desired.

 

Katsu Don
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Katsu Don
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Japanese rice bowl with fried chicken katsu
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2 bowls
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2 bowls
Ingredients
Servings: bowls
Instructions
  1. Pat Chicken thighs dry with paper towel.
  2. Place flour, egg, and panko in 3 separate bowls.
  3. Line bowls up by the stove in this order: flour, egg, panko - panko bowl should be closest to stove.
  4. Heat oil.
  5. Roll chicken in flour to coat all sides.
  6. Dip in egg.
  7. Roll in panko to coat all sides.
  8. Fry in hot oil until both sides are golden brown.
  9. Drain on rack and set aside.
  10. Make Donburi Sauce.
  11. Make Donburi eggs and assemble in a bowl as the recipe instructs.
  12. Slice fried chicken katsu in 1' slices and place in bowl on top of egg mixture.
  13. Garnish with green onions and seaweed flakes if desires.
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Tendon – Shrimp Tempura Rice Bowl

Tendon – Shrimp Tempura Rice Bowl

 

Rice Bowls have gotten very popular and come in endless types.  But I’ve loved rice bowls long before they became all the rage.  If you’re not familiar with rice bowls they’re basically a bowl of rice topped with pretty much anything you want.  My favorite ones are Japanese Donburis.

Donburi is a rice bowl dish served in a bowl which in Japan are also called “donburi”.  There are many different types of Donburi but the most popular ones are Tempura Donburi or better known as Tendon if it’s made with shrimp, Chicken or Pork Katsu Donburi also called Katsudon.  You’ll also find Tempura Donburi with fish and vegetable tempuras, Teriyaki, and other types of popular Japanese dishes. Another basic ingredient of most Donburi dishes is egg meaning veggies and other ingredients are scrambled with eggs and a donburi sauce which is then placed on a bed of rice and topped with a desired tempura, katsu, or a preferred protein including teriyaki beef or chicken.

My long time favorite is Tendon or Shrimp Tempura Donburi.  I’ve been enjoying this rice bowl since I first discovered it while I was in high school.  I also like the Katsudon!

I’ve always been able to get my Tendon from most Japanese restaurants in my area, and since I live in Hawaii my neighborhood grocery store.  But when the pandemic locked us down for a month I decided to try and make it at home, after all it’s just shrimp tempura, eggs, Kamaboko (fish cake) and veggies over a bed of rice.  How hard could that be?

Making Tendon is actually pretty easy but it does require making Shrimp Tempura.  Since I must make the tempura batter for the shrimp I also make vegetable tempura with zucchini, green beans, and pretty much what I have on hand.

Another important part of this or any Donburi is the sauce.  The sauce is made with Mirin (a Japanese rice wine used for cooking), soy sauce, dashi (fish stock) and sugar.  This give the dish it’s sweet salty taste that make it delicious!  You can find all the ingredients at an Asian market.  The Dashi usually is in powder form like boullion so you’ll have to mix it as directed to get the liquid stock.

Of course the “star” of this dish is the Shrimp Tempura.  You can either use a tempura mix also found at the Asian market, or you can make your own batter.  Either way the most important things to remember to make perfect tempura batter is to use ice cold water and to not over stir the batter, it needs to have some lumps in it.  In fact the best way to stir this batter is with chopsticks, so leave your whisk or electric mixers out of it.

So here’s the recipe for both Shrimp Tempura (it’s the same batter for fish or vegetable tempura) and the Donburi itself.  This recipe makes 2 bowls.

Tendon

Ingredients for the Tempura

1 Cup Flour, shifted

1 Egg

1 Cup water

Ice cubes for chilling water

4 Large Shrimp – shelled and deveined but leave the tail on, pat dry with paper towel

Cut vegetables – zucchini, green beans, etc. (optional)

1/8 Cup flour

Oil for frying

Ingredients for Sauce:

6 Tbs. Mirin

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

3 Tbs. Liquid Dashi – mix Dashi powder as directed on the box

2 Tbs. Sugar

Ingredients for Donburi:

2 Eggs, beaten

1/2 Onion, sliced

1/2 Cup Shitake Mushrooms (optional)

1/2 Kamaboko, cut into thin strips (optional)

1/3 Cup Green Onions, chopped (optional)

1 Tbs. Oil

Donburi Sauce

2 Cups Cooked White Rice

Seaweed flakes (optional)

Directions to make Tempura:

Place about 2″ of oil in a pot and start to heat while you prepare the batter.

Place shifted flower in a bowl and set aside.

In another bowl slightly beat egg – beat until yolk and white is just combined.

Add ice to water until the water is chilled.

Remove ice and pour water in the bowl with the beaten egg.

Mix gently together.

Stir in flour, do not over mix there should be lumps in the batter.  Use right away, if for some reason you can’t use it immediately place in the refrigerator for a few minutes until you’re ready to fry.

Place 1/8 cup of flour in a dish.

Test the oil temperature by dropping a small bit of batter in oil, if oil bubbles around the batter the oil is ready.

Roll shrimp or vegetable in the dish of flour, shake off excess.

Dip in batter, let excess batter drip off before adding into hot oil.

Place battered shrimp and veggies in hot oil to fry.  Do not over crowd the pot, cook in batches if you have to.

Turn as needed to cook all sides. Tempura is done when the shrimp or vegetable starts to float.

Drain on rack and set aside.

Directions for the sauce:

Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside until needed.

Directions for the Donburi:

Heat oil in a skillet.

Saute onions in skillet until it starts to go limp and clear

Add in Kamoboko, mushrooms, and green onions (reserve some as garnish if desired)

Cook about 3-4 minutes.

Add in Donburi Sauce and simmer for 1 minute.

Pour beaten egg over all and cook until egg is done.

Place 1 Cup of rice in each bowl.

Cute the Egg mixture in half and place a half over each bowl of rice.

Top with Shrimp and Vegetable (if you made some) Tempura and garnish with green onions and seaweed flakes

Serve hot!

 

Tendon - Shrimp Tempura Rice Bowl
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Tendon - Shrimp Tempura Rice Bowl
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2 Bowls
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2 Bowls
Ingredients
Shrimp & Veggie Tempura
Sauce
Donburi
Servings: Bowls
Instructions
Tempura
  1. Place shifted flower in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In another bowl slightly beat egg - beat until yolk and white is just combined.
  3. Add ice to water until the water is chilled.
  4. Remove ice and pour water in the bowl with the beaten egg. Mix gently together.
  5. Stir in flour, do not over mix there should be lumps in the batter.  Use right away, if for some reason you can't use it immediately place in the refrigerator for a few minutes until you're ready to fry.
  6. Place 1/8 cup of flour in a dish.
  7. Test the oil temperature by dropping a small bit of batter in oil, if oil bubbles around the batter the oil is ready.
  8. Roll shrimp or vegetable in the dish of flour, shake off excess.
  9. Dip in batter, let excess batter drip off before adding into hot oil. Place battered shrimp and veggies in hot oil to fry.  Do not over crowd the pot, cook in batches if you have to.
  10. Turn as needed to cook all sides. Tempura is done when the shrimp or vegetable starts to float. Drain on rack and set aside.
Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together and set aside until needed
Donburi
  1. Heat oil in a skillet.
  2. Saute onions in skillet until it starts to go limp and clear
  3. Add in Kamoboko, mushrooms, and green onions (reserve some as garnish if desired) Cook about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add in Donburi Sauce and simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Pour beaten egg over all and cook until egg is done.
  6. Divide cooked egg mixture in half and place one half on top of each bowl of rice.
  7. Place 2 Shrimp Tempura & pieces of veggie tempura (if you made some) on top of egg.
  8. Garnish with green onions and seafood flakes if desired.
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