Soboro Don | Just One

Soboro Don

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: chicken, donburi, rice bowl
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Nami

Soboro Don is usually served at the end of a meal at Yakitori (chicken skewers) restaurants in Japan. It's typically just the ground chicken over rice; however, at home, this dish consists of ground chicken, eggs, and some green veggies to make it more colorful. 



  • 1 Tbsp neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
  • ½ lb ground chicken (you can also mince chicken breasts/thighs)
  • 1 tsp ginger (grated, with juice)
  • 1 Tbsp sake
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (Use 1 Tbsp if you prefer less sweet)
  • 1 Tbsp mirin
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
  • 2-3 servings cooked Japanese short grain rice
  • ¼ cup green peas (defrosted)
  • pickled red ginger (beni shoga or kizami beni shoga) (beni shoga)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

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  2. Heat the oil in the non-stick frying pan on medium heat and cook the chicken until almost cooked through. Using wooden spoon, break up the meat into small pieces.
  3. Add sake, sugar, and mirin.
  4. Add soy sauce and continue to break up the meat into smaller pieces.
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  5. Grate ginger and keep the juice. When meat is broken up to pieces, add the ginger with juice.
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  6. Cook until the liquid is 98% gone. Transfer to a bowl for now and wash the frying pan.
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  7. Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add sugar. Mix well until sugar is completely dissolved. Prepare several cooking chopsticks.
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  8. Heat the oil in the frying pan over medium low heat and pour egg mixture in there.
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  9. Hold several chopsticks in one hand and break the egg into small pieces. When it’s cooked, transfer to a bowl.
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  10. Now you have three ingredients in a separate bowls.
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  11. Serve rice in a bowl and put the three toppings on top as you like. Garnish with pickled ginger (kizami shoga).
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Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.