Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe is adapted from one in Bento Boxes by Naomi Kijima. It is scaled for a single lunchbox (bento box) sized serving. Add this to a big bowl of rice and veggies, maybe with some Japanese type pickles, and you have a great lunch! This recipe is not a quick recipe, though; cooking time includes marinating time. I would suggest starting the chicken in the marinade, then starting your rice, then fixing everything else while you wait for these two to finish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix first 3 ingredients together in bowl big enough to hold the chicken. Add the chicken. Let this marinate for 30 minutes, turning over halfway through.
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Take the chicken out and pat dry. Reserve marinade. Put chicken skin side down (if you aren't using skinless) in pan and cook until browned on that side (just a minute or two) and then flip and brown the other side.
  4. Pour reserved marinade over chicken and cover tightly. Lower heat and simmer until chicken is done, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove cover and raise heat back to medium high. Reduce marinade until it is more of a glaze. Toss chicken in glaze to cover.
  6. NOTE: You could certainly substitute beef or tofu for the chicken in this recipe. Just adjust the cooking accordingly.
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This recipe is so good! I can't believe how wonderful it was! I did everything it said, but I 4X the recipe and used 3 chicken breasts cut up. I cooked it in my wok. I will be making this again! Made for ZWT4.