Japanese-style Sticky Rice with Chicken and Cabbage

20 minutes prep (plus rice soaking time) 40 minutes active cooking 1 hour total
Makes 2 - 4 servings

Koda Farms Sho-Chiku-Bai sweet rice, a type of glutinous or sticky rice called mochigome in Japan...

provides the base for this one-pot meal called okowa. A layer of soaked rice gets topped with chicken and vegetables, and it all steams together in a dashi broth flavored with sake, soy, and mirin.

Koda Farms, California’s oldest family-run rice farm...

grows what Mark Bittman calls “the best rice grown in America.” One of the first growers of short grain sticky rice, the Kodas also developed their own heirloom variety, Kokuho Rose, nearly 70 years ago.

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What You'll Need


For the shopping list

  • 2/3 cup of dashi*
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of sake
  • 2 teaspoons of mirin
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 small carrot, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 boneless chicken thigh, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup of cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of dried shrimp, soaked 10 minutes in hot water
  • *substitute instant hondashi powder, or dashi made with dried mushrooms

From our shop

1 cup of  Sho Chiku Bai Rice
$20.00– San Joaquin Valley - California
1/2 teaspoon of  Italian Fine Sea Salt
$7.00– Trapani - Sicily


From the kitchen

  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Sieve or Colander
  • 1 Wide Saucepan with Lid
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

"Sweet rice is usually soaked and steamed...

but I wanted a simpler recipe. This okowa-style dish uses one pot, a few pantry items, and vegetables you can find anywhere."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Place 1 cup rice in a bowl large enough to hold several cups of water, add cold water, swirl the rice with your fingers, and drain. Repeat 4-5 times until the water is relatively clear. Add enough cold water to cover the rice by an inch and soak for at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain well in a sieve or colander.

Step 2

Mix 2/3 cup dashi with 2 teaspoons soy, 2 teaspoons sake, 2 teaspoons mirin, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Step 3

Spread the drained rice into a wide saucepan and add the dashi mixture.

Step 4

Carefully add the carrots, onion, chicken, cabbage, and shrimp in layers without disturbing the rice.

Step 5

Over medium heat, bring gently to boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat but do not remove the lid, let the rice rest for another 20 minutes.

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