Garlic Teriyaki Chicken Donburi is a delicious, comforting rice bowl dish that's quick and easy to make! Juicy pan fried chicken thigh cooked in a sweet teriyaki sauce with a garlic kick served on a bed of fluffy, Japanese style white rice then topped with chopped green onion and a soft boiled egg. What's not to like?!
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What is "Teriyaki"?
Teriyaki（照り焼き）is a method of cooking using a sweet soy sauce based sauce.
So technically, “teriyaki sauce” and “teriyaki” itself are a little different.
Teri（照り）means gloss and because of the sugar in the sauce, it will be glossy and kinda like a syrup.
Teriyaki sauce is often used for chicken and fish (often yellowtail is used in Japan) but of course you can use the technique for pretty much anything!
Teriyaki sauce is made up of four main ingredients:
These four ingredients are pretty accessible, you can find them in most well stocked supermarkets worldwide. It's such a simple recipe that I wouldn't recommend substituting ingredients, but in a pinch you can use white wine or dry sherry instead of sake.
I've also added garlic to this recipe to give the teriyaki a bit of a tasty kick, it works!
You can see other teriyaki recipes on our website!
What is "don"?
"Don" is a shortened version of Japanese word "donburi" which means rice bowl.
If you put it simply, donburi dishes are a bowl of rice with something served on top. The most common ingredients are chicken, beef, fish, egg and spring onion. I don't think I've ever seen donburi without at least one of these... but donburi is very versatile and can technically be anything as long as it's served on a bowl of rice.
The rice used in donburi is always Japanese short grain white rice. For perfect and convenient rice I recommend using a rice cooker but if you don't have one you can check out our post on how to make fluffy, slightly sticky Japanese rice on the stove here.
Whenever I make rice, I always make too much and then store the leftovers in the freezer. Whenever I want to make a quick donburi meal or onigiri snack, I can just microwave it and it's ready to eat in a few minutes! I really recommend doing this, it's a great time saver!
Donburi as Fast Food
I don't know if you've noticed... but donburi recipes are often lacking in vegetables. That's because donburi in Japan is considered a fast food!
If you use microwaved rice and buy cooked meats, you can make a donburi in a few minutes, literally! Japan has lots of delicious premade fried things in supermarkets like deep fried pork katsu, tempura, ebi fry etc. that you can just put on rice. It's so easy and convenient!
But of course, you can make donburi a bit more nutritious. Here are some vegetables you might want to try adding.
- Bok choi
- Aubergine (eggplant)
It's a versatile dish so you can add whatever you like, these are just a few ideas.
Watch the video "How to make Garlic Teriyaki Chicken Donburi"
Other kinds of Donburi
Donburi rice bowl dishes are usually quick and easy to make, not to mention filling, tasty and comforting! Here are some more examples of popular donburi dishes:
- Katsudon (pork cutlet and egg)
- Gyudon (beef and onion)
- Oyakodon (chicken and egg)
- Chashu don (chashu pork)
- Yakiniku don (Korean BBQ style beef)
- Smoked Salmon and Avocado donburi
- Karaage don (fried chicken)