Soboro Donburi Ground Chicken Bowl

Get ready for a Japanese food adventure with my Soboro Donburi Ground Chicken Bowl! This traditional Japanese dish combines finely minced chicken, scrambled eggs, and fresh green onions atop a bed of rice, creating a blend of flavors. It’s an easy, delicious, and healthy meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Dive into this delightful recipe for your next meal!

Japanese soboro don ground chicken bowl served in a white with a wooden spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re craving a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine made right in your own kitchen, look no further than my Soboro Donburi Ground Chicken Bowl! As part of my traditional Japanese rice bowl series, including favorites like Chicken Donburi and Beef Bowl Gyudon, I craft this dish to feature savory ground chicken and scrambled eggs nestled atop a bed of steaming rice, all bathed in my signature Donburi Sauce keeping with authentic Japanese flavors!

It’s a quick and easy meal bursting with savory umami flavors that’s perfect for anyone eager to whip up a delicious Japanese-style donburi at home just like my Steak Donburi Bowl. So don’t wait any longer – dive into this flavorful dish today and experience the satisfaction of homemade Japanese comfort food!



  • Ground Chicken – pre-ground chicken, can be found at grocery stores in the meat section.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Green Onions – freshly chopped green onion scallions.
  • Rice – rice of choice, use cauliflower rice for a low carb recipe.
  • Eggs – beaten eggs.

Ingredient Substitutions

While Soboro Don is traditionally made with Ground Chicken or Ground Pork, you can easily substitute ground beef or ground turkey for a unique twist on this classic dish. Both alternatives offer a slightly different flavor profile while still providing the same satisfying texture and savory taste.

Ingredients to make soboro don ground chicken bowl on the counter top.


☑ Before Getting Started

To ensure thorough cooking and even heat distribution, utilize a Large Skillet with a Flat Bottom when preparing ground chicken.

Step 1 First whisk together Japanese sake, soy sauce, and your chosen sweetener for the sauce.

Sauce for soboro donburi ground chicken bowl.

Step 2 Prepare and add your desired rice of choice into a bowl.

Bowl of rice.

Step 3 Beat eggs in a mixing bowl, scramble in a skillet and position on one side of the rice bowl.

Scrambled eggs on top of rice.

🥚 Egg Pro Tip

When scrambling the eggs, aim for a Soft and Fluffy Texture. Cook the eggs gently over medium-low heat to prevent them from becoming dry or rubbery, resulting in perfectly cooked and tender eggs.

Step 4 Clean the skillet, then add cooking oil. Once the oil is heated, add the ground chicken and break it into smaller pieces. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook until it’s browned. Then, layer the chicken mixture on the opposite side of the bowl.

Scrambled eggs and seasoned ground chicken on top of rice.

💡 Ground Chicken Pro Tip

For enhanced flavor, consider adding Grated Ginger to your ground chicken mixture.

Step 5 Complete the dish with a garnish of chopped green onions along the center.

Soboro donburi ground chicken bowl.

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

For the best dining experience, serve the donburi Hot and Fresh. This ensures that all the flavors are at their peak and the dish is as delicious as possible when enjoyed.

Recipe Variations

Explore a range of donburi variations, including Tonkatsu to make a Katsu Don or Chicken Katsu to make a Chicken Katsu Don. Each dish offers its own distinct flavors and textures, providing options to suit every palate. Give them a try and discover your new favorite donburi variation today!

Pairing Recommendations

Enhance your Soboro Donburi Ground Chicken Bowl with my fusion Egg Drop Miso Soup. Complement the savory flavors of the dish with Japanese-style pickles such as my Soy Sauce Pickled Garlic or a sweeter Japanese Style Roasted Garlic Bulb side dish. These delicious pairings will elevate your meal and offer a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine.

aIngredients to make soboro don ground chicken bowl on the counter top.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the scrambled eggs, sauce, and bowl of rice in advance to save time. However, we recommend cooking the ground chicken fresh to ensure the best flavor and texture.

Are there any tips for beginners making soboro donburi for the first time?

Some to help you make a soboro donburi is prep the ingredients beforehand and cook the eggs gently on low heat to ensure they stay fluffy and don't become overcooked.

What type of rice is best for soboro donburi?

Traditionally, short-grain steamed white rice is used as it complements the flavors of the dish perfectly. However, you can also opt for brown rice for a healthier alternative, or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.


Japanese soboro don ground chicken bowl served in a white with a wooden spoon top down.

Storage Tips

To preserve leftovers, securely store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.

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Japanese soboro don ground chicken bowl served in a white with a wooden spoon.

Soboro Donburi Ground Chicken Bowl

Welcome to my kitchen! Indulge in the savory delight of my Soboro Donburi Ground Chicken Bowl. This traditional Japanese rice bowl, featuring tender ground chicken atop a bed of fluffy rice, promises a flavorful and satisfying meal. Perfect for busy weeknights or casual gatherings, this dish is sure to become a new family favorite. Experience the authentic taste of Japan with my delicious Soboro Donburi recipe today!
5 from 6 votes
Course: dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: ground chicken bowl, soboro donburi
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 681kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for soboro donburi ground chicken bowl.
  • Chop green onions and set them aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and set them aside.
    Beaten eggs in a bowl.
  • In another mixing bowl, add Japanese sake, soy sauce, sweetener and mix until well combined. Set aside.
    Sauce for soboro donburi ground chicken bowl.
  • In a frying pan over medium-low heat, pour the beaten eggs and scramble them. Once they're cooked, place eggs on top of bowl of rice.
    Scrambled eggs on top of rice.
  • Clean/rinse frying pan, add neutral oil and bring up to temp over medium-high heat. Once up to temp, add ground chicken while using a spatula to break the meat apart into smaller pieces until halfway cooked. Pour sauce from step 4) and cook for 2-3 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
    Ground chicken cooking a frying pan.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, transfer to the other side on top of the rice along with any leftover sauce. Sprinkle the chopped green onions in between the middle of the chicken and eggs as shown below.
    Soboro donburi ground chicken bowl.


Calories: 681kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 553mg | Sodium: 3036mg | Potassium: 1425mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 945IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 4mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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