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Japanese Fried Chicken Bento

Japanese Fried Chicken Bento


Japanese Fried Chicken (Chicken Karaage) Bento Recipe

Serves 1 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


8 oz skinless and boneless chicken, chicken breast or thigh (preferred)
1 tablespoon ginger juice, extracted from 2-inch piece ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base
1 tablespoon Mizkan HONTERIĀ® Mirin
3/4 cup corn starch or potato starch
Oil, for deep-frying
Steamed rice
Sesame seeds
Cucumer Pickle

Mizkan Japanese Condiment


Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces/cubes. Use paper towels to pat dry the chicken and transfer to a bowl. Grate the ginger and extract the juice by squeezing with your hand, you should get about 1 tablespoon ginger juice.

Add the Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base, Mizkan HONTERIĀ® Mirin, and ginger juice to the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken out of the marinade and coat them evenly with the corn starch or potato starch. Shake off the excess.

Coating the chicken with corn starch

Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil in a pan or small stockpot to 350 degree F for deep-frying. Gently drop the chicken pieces into the oil and deep-fry until golden brown. Dish out with a strainer or slotted spoon, draining the excess oil by laying the chicken on a dish lined with paper towels.

Cucumber Pickle (Tsukemono)

4 oz cucumber
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Mizkan Rice Vinegar


Cut the cucumber lengthwise and then slice into small pieces. Transfer the cucumber to a small bowl and add the salt, sugar, Mizkan Rice Vinegar and mix well. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.


Mixed green or fresh herb salad
Mizkan Sesame Dressing


Arrange the salad in the salad compartment of the bento box. Drizzle some Mizkan Sesame Dressing on top of the salad.

Assembling the Japanese Fried Chicken Bento

Lay a piece of lettuce leaf on the main dish compartment. Arrange the fried chicken on top of it.

Add a bowl of steamed rice in the rice compartment and top with some black sesame seeds.

Add 3-4 gyoza in the side dish compartment.

Add the chilled cucumber pickle in the tsukemono compartment.

The bento is now done and ready to be served.

Cook’s Note:

For the gyoza recipe, please click here. For other Japanese bento recipes such as salmon teriyaki, please click here.

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23 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Amy

    Wow, your bento is gorgeous and I’m sure it’s delicious. I’m Japanese so I grew up with bento…happy and proud that bento is catching on here.

  2. Gary

    I always order teriyaki bento with beef, chicken or salmon. I’ve seen the karaage on menu and I’ll have to try this fried chicken next time. As always, great pictures and easy ways to make at home!

  3. may

    Hi! Your bento looks super yummy! I saw you in a recent episode of House Hunters International…I was thinking she looks familiar, and then they mentioned your blog :) Keep up the good work here and all the best with your new home!

  4. Pingyu

    Hi, where can I get Mizkan products online? This karaage fried chicken looks simple enough to make but I want to get the same ingredients you have here.


  5. Phil Smith via Facebook

    Those dumplings look great. I like the shrimp tempura bento. With Louisiana shrimp LOL

  6. Kent Middlemarch-Byron

    These bento dishes all look so delicious! I’m all crazy for Karaage as well, and recently I’ve been trying to learn how to make one (even bought myself a couple of bento boxes, lol). These tips will help me a lot for sure. Thanks a bunch! :)

  7. kathy

    wow, this is making me hungry, once i got those 2 Mizkan products i will definitely do this…chicken karaage is one of my favorites…thanks for sharing :)

  8. Looks like it came from a restaurant! You make me want to get a bento box too….it’ll be a treat to have nice bentos like this at home everyday :)

  9. OH, this makes me miss the days we used to live in Japan. I worked in a school with my children and every day I couldn’t wait for lunch to see what goodies would be delivered in our obento boxes.

  10. Sarah – tell me about it. I miss those days when I traveled there for business. I was always so looking forward to the lunch bento with so many delicious dishes in one box. So yummy!

  11. Fuji Mama

    Another winner! Love seeing you make Japanese recipes so accessible to people living in other countries!

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