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Japanese Fried Chicken (Chicken Karaage) Bento Recipe

Japanese Fried Chicken Bento with steamed rice and sesame seeds, pickled cucumbers, salad and Gyoza.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Fried Chicken Bento
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 people
Calories 684 kcal


  • 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 HONTERI® Mirin
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch or potato starch
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • Steamed rice
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cucumber Pickle
  • Salad
  • Gyoza

Cucumber Pickle (Tsukemono)

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


  • Mixed green or fresh herb salad
  • Mizkan Sesame Dressing


  1. 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.

  2. Add the Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base, Mizkan HONTERI® 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.

  3. 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)

  1. 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.


  1. 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

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

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

  3. Add 3-4 gyoza in the side dish compartment.

  4. Add the chilled cucumber pickle in the tsukemono compartment.

  5. The bento is now done and ready to be served.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Japanese Fried Chicken (Chicken Karaage) Bento Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 people)
Calories 684 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1570mg68%
Potassium 993mg28%
Carbohydrates 101g34%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.