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Rice with Chicken and Vegetables

Updated on September 17, 2014
Takikomi Gohan made with chicken and vegetables
Takikomi Gohan made with chicken and vegetables

Takikomi Gohan - A Delicious and Easy-to-Make Japanese Rice Dish

We are blessed with a variety of seasonal produce here in Japan and although mushrooms such as shiitake, enoki and shimeji are available throughout the year, they are at their most abundant during fall. I love all the mushrooms that are available and a lot of times, I like to mix them up. However today, I decided to focus on one particular mushroom, namely the shimeji mushroom which happens to be one of my favorites.

As I find myself pressed for time these days, I like to make one pot dishes to save me time. So today, I'm going to be using my automatic rice cooker to make "takikomi gohan" one of the easiest dishes to make. "Takikomi" means to steam in or cook together and "gohan" means rice so it's basically various ingredients steamed together with your rice. Takikomi gohan is a very traditional Japanese rice dish and is not only easy to make, but also nutritious and healthy.

*All photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.

Did You Know...

Shimeji mushrooms contains beta-glucans which according to the National Cancer Institute of Japan, is a successful remedy in retarding and destroying growing tumors. It may also help with diabetes, asthma and certain allergies by enhancing the immune system.

Takikomi Gohan With Chicken
Takikomi Gohan With Chicken

Let's Get Started

Japanese rice or short-grain rice is best for this recipe, but if you only have long-grain, it's absolutely fine. If it's impossible to find sake or mirin where you live, please feel free to omit them from the recipe.

It won't be exactly the same, but it's still good.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: approximately 60 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 small carrot sliced into sticks
  • 1 small bunch of shimeji mushrooms or any mushroom of your choice
  • 1 6 -inch stick of dashi konbu
  • 4 cups rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • Water to cook the rice

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice and put it in the rice cooker. Add water according to the directions on your rice cooker.
  2. Put a stick of dashi konbu into the pot of rice.
  3. Add salt, soy sauce, and mirin into the rice and mix well.
  4. Add the chicken, carrots and shimeji mushrooms on top of the rice
  5. Cook the rice as usual according to your rice cooker's instructions.
  6. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like and serve piping hot.

Photos Make It Even Easier

Wash the rice and measure water. Break the konbu stick to fit in your rice cooker.
Wash the rice and measure water. Break the konbu stick to fit in your rice cooker.
Adding in the shimeji mushrooms.
Adding in the shimeji mushrooms.
Then adding in my carrots.
Then adding in my carrots.
Cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add them as well.
Cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add them as well.
Shimeji, carrots and chicken are all added into the rice cooker on top of the washed rice. Add the seasonings. Turn on the rice cooker and wait for it to finish cooking.
Shimeji, carrots and chicken are all added into the rice cooker on top of the washed rice. Add the seasonings. Turn on the rice cooker and wait for it to finish cooking.
Serve piping hot and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like. Miso soup and a side dish of vegetables make a healthy and delicious complete meal.
Serve piping hot and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like. Miso soup and a side dish of vegetables make a healthy and delicious complete meal.

A Good Rice Cooker is Essential for Japanese Cooking

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1.0-Liter
Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1.0-Liter

It is extremely rare that a person doesn't own one of these in Japan. It's the only way to get perfect cooked rice and with the help of technology, this model also makes cake too!

 

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A Great Alternative to My Recipe

Get Creative

Takikomi Gohan has many variations and you can even get creative by adding your own ingredients in the rice, such as this recipe which uses tuna. That's the great thing about Takikomi Gohan. You can just about use anything!

What To Do With Leftover Rice

If you have leftover rice from this dish, you can add it to soups or make fried rice with it. You can also freeze them in tupperware containers and microwave them for later.

Cooking Rice Without a Rice Cooker

If you don't have a rice cooker, don't sweat it! This very thorough video will show you how to make perfect Japanese rice in a pot. It takes a little practice cooking it this way, but onc you master it, you'll get perfect rice every time. You can make my recipe above this way and the results should be the same.

I Love My Le Creuset

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Cerise (Cherry Red)
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Cerise (Cherry Red)

Le Creuset makes some of the best cookware out there and this is probably my favorite cast-iron oven I have in my kitchen. I use it for everything, from making soup and stews to cooking rice. Yes, I've actually made rice with this many times and it always comes out perfect!

Heat distribution is perfect and will literally last a lifetime.

 

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More Japanese Cooking

If you enjoy Japanese food or want to learn how to make them, please check out some of my other recipes on Japanese cooking.

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Onirigi Rice Balls

Japanese Fruit Sandwich

Perfect Tempura Recipe

Let Me Know What You Thought Of This Recipe. Thanks for Reading

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    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pinning your recipe to my Japanese cooking board. Looks delicious!

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      Samantha Devereux 3 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Going in my recipe book!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Yes it can be Janis.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan Zutautas: Susan shiitake works just as good.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      This could be a meal in itself.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds great! I've never seen Shimeji mushrooms here so I'm thinking maybe use shitake?

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @BrownEyedGirl69: Thanks so much. I hope you like it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thank you Vinn.

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      BrownEyedGirl69 3 years ago

      I am going to have to try this soon. Sounds Great!

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Love love love this recipe. It makes rice so much more dynamic... not sure if that was the right word to describe it really but it really does!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jogalog: Thanks so much for reading. I hope you get to try it. Let me know how it turns out.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: Yep, it's really good even without the meat. I made this one for a carnivorous friend. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @newyorkdude: Thank you newyorkdude. You could decrease the soy sauce and add just a pinch of salt. In Japanese cooking, we add both soy sauce and salt in the same dish as they both add a different quality to the dishes.

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      IT sounds lovely and healthy. I love dishes with rice and make a lot of Chinese, Indian and Thai dishes.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Never had those mushrooms. This is a recipe I can make with and without meat. I usually make extra rice to add to soups, so this would be great.

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      newyorkdude 3 years ago

      Great recipe. I would omit the extra salt, since shoyu (soy sauce) has enough.

      I agree. A good Zojirushi is essential.