Garlic Miso Chicken Bento ガーリック味噌チキン弁当

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Garlic Miso Chicken Bento |

After two long weeks, my routine is finally back to normal when my husband came back from his business trip yesterday.  I realized how much I rely on him on day-to-day tasks around the house and helping with the children.  Now I can get back to focusing more on my blog work besides parenting.

Lately I received positive feedback from readers that my recipes are very easy to prepare even on busy weekdays (thank you!).  I’m happy to suggest to you one of our family’s favorite recipe again, and that’s Garlic Miso Chicken.

Have you tried the combination of garlic and miso?  It is very delicious, just the right amount of saltiness and savory.  For this recipe, I only used common Japanese condiments  miso, soy sauce, and mirin.  We really love the marinade and I hope you will enjoy this recipe.

Garlic Miso Chicken Bento |

Previous Dinner was:

Garlic Miso Chicken (I used chicken thighs this time).

Garlic Miso Chicken Wings |

Lunch Next Day:

Garlic Miso Chicken Bento | JustOneCookbook.comMy sponsor, Lunch-à-Porter sent me today’s Bento Box ($29.00), Oval silicone cups ($12), Panda Pix’s ($6.00), Eiffel Tower Fork ($4.00) as a gift.  It’s a perfect lunch box for my 6-year old son who usually tries to finish his lunch in 10 minutes and go play!  Check out their cute bento boxes and accessories and get 15% off using coupon code JOC15!

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Garlic Miso Chicken Bento
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Serves: 1 Bento
  1. Make Onigiri and let it cool.
  2. Reheat garlic miso chicken in a frying pan or toaster oven. Set aside to let it cool and pack in bento box.
  3. Cut strawberries and kiwis into small pieces.
  4. Pack fruits, cherry tomatoes and broccoli in the bento box..
  5. Make sure all the foods cool down completely before closing the bento box.
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* This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.

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    • Hi Lara! Haha! That’s right… :) Thank you so much for sending your Garlic Miso Chicken picture on Facebook. They look so delicious and made me hungry… I’m glad you enjoyed this dish!

  1. 弁当全部食べたい!I want to eat the entire bento! Onigiri are one of my all-time favorites. And thank you for your garlic miso chicken recipe. It is a must-try. どうもありがとう =)

  2. Nami: I love bentos…What a great way to carry lunch wherever one goes. Yours looks very yummy plus make me smile. I love those smiling-face, playful pandas. When I look at them it seems that they are trying to say that a great, healthy meal is waiting for us.

  3. Eri

    I love it, Nami, I;m making miso glazed fish usually, I;m sure that the combination with garlic must be excellent.
    Today I’m going to make your chicken curry :)

  4. That is one delicious bento, Nami! I love the combination of garlic miso chicken and onigiri. Looks like a real meal fit for a king! Wonderfully put together, thanks for sharing and have a lovely week…oh and rest now that your hubby is back! 😀

  5. A shame that your little guy doesn’t sit and savour that gorgeous bento box but play is always more important for little boys. The combination of dishes is wonderful as always. I love wings but around here, drumsticks and thighs are always cheaper by the pound than they are. :)

  6. Nami, I do remember very well how your miso and garlic chicken is extraordinary! Remember when I made skewers with breasts slightly twisting your recipe? I have been preparing them all the time since I posted them. I serve them to my guests and even those who pretend they don’t like Japanese cuisine, love them of course! Miso and garlic combination is amazing.
    Your bento looks terrific, as always. I cannot even imagine how beautiful your bentos will be when summer fruits and vegetables arrive.

  7. Hi Nami, Your bento lunch looks delicious. I love onigiri and grilled chicken cold for a snack outside the home. My son says I can serve it to him everyday for his lunch too! That’s how much he loves the combo. My mother still makes onigiri for us before heading out on any excursion.
    Thanks again and will be serving it for lunch this week for sure!
    Nobuko :)

  8. One of the things I love most about your bento boxes is that they introducing me to some of your previous recipes that I missed. I mean – how would I not just love your garlic miso chicken?! It looks so good! This bento, like your other bentos is delicious and healthy. How on earth do you get your kids to eat blanched broccoli? :)

  9. Hi, Nami. I’m having such a busy days, that I can’t wait to get my vacations.
    Never try miso & garlic together, but we will do it soon.
    Thanks for your great recipes.
    Have a great week!

  10. CK

    Ooooo, I can’t wait to try out the Garlic Miso Marinade on my next batch of chicken. I like to use boneless because it is easier on the kids so I think this will work great and I bet is taste so good hot or cold…perhaps I will have to try some of this chicken on a nice cold noodle salad. Do you think this could be frozen in the marinade or part of it (I prep, cut and freeze a lot of my chicken for later use) or would it be best not to?

    • Hi CK! I wouldn’t recommend to freeze the chicken WITH marinade. As you know, miso and soy sauce are both quite salty. You just need to marinade for a short time and it’s perfect. I understand the convenience though. If you use boneless, and cut the meat smaller size (for faster marinade), you actually need to marinade (in all ingredients) for a several hours, not even over night. Marinade is very quick to make so hope you can just combine chicken and marinade in the morning before you leave the house to prep dinner. Hope that helps. :)

  11. I don’t think I will ever get over the fact that I am so jealous of your children and how they are able to indulge in these delicious, healthy and beautiful lunch boxes you make for them :) I particularly like the mini pandas hehe so cute!

  12. I think that more people should pack Bento boxes for students lunches instead of the other crap they send. No more lunchables! Just Bento’s! Especially if they are filled with delicious food like this! And they still get toys too!

  13. Hello Nami, great to be reading you again! I’ve also had two weeks away – in South Africa, gazing at giraffe and finally getting some sun. Good break, but hard to be back in icy England! Your garlic miso chicken is a comfort for me!

  14. Oh we love the combination of miso and garlic in chicken. This is great! And you gave us a bonus ~ how to prepare the bento box! I’m getting hungry and might make this for us even if it’s not in a bento. Thanks for sharing, Nami!

  15. Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Nami, your miso chicken bento is lovely, and looks so delicious! The chicken is incredible looking on its own! Thanks for sharing this wonderful dish!

  16. I totally gt what you mean, Nami. My husband travels every week(Mon-Thu) and can’t for him to get back Thursday nights to have some of my sanity for the weekend.

    The bento box looks delicious.

  17. I do agree, your recipes are quick and easy! I love the step by step pictures as well. :) Love this bento box. The combination of garlic and miso sound delicious together!

  18. I would love to eat one of your lunches! Your children are so lucky to have you as mom. I need to check out your garlic miso chicken again…I know it’s a winner!

  19. Jayne

    Such a colourful pretty bento! I love miso and garlic. In fact, I always overdo garlic because I cannot get enough! Thanks for bring up your garlic miso chicken. I’ll be making it for a gathering this weekend. Wish me luck!

  20. Nami-san, this is an adorable little bento box. I can see it was made with love and care and I am sure your little one will eat it 1/4 of the time it took you to make it. Miso and garlic are beautiful together. Your recipes are so easy that it makes weeknights a breeze. Take Care, BAM

  21. The garlic miso chicken sounds delicious. I am going to back track and look at that recipe. It would be great for dinner with rice and then I could use the leftovers for school lunches. I think I need to be feeding my 7 year old a little more food in his lunch box each day! He comes home famished :0

  22. Beautiful bento box as usual! I wanna be your child! hehe Get to have yummy food every day and be surprised as well! hehe Everything sounds delish! You’re an awesome mum dearie! x

  23. Nami, your bento box arrangement caught my eye and so did that little Eiffel Tower fork! Thanks for including the link to Lunch-a-Porter. Glad to hear your husband made it back safe and sound, and that normal life has resumed!

  24. Oh yum – I think I just figured out what I am making for dinner tonight. I love garlic and miso together and I have a package of chicken thighs thawing already – thanks!

  25. Isn’t it amazing how quickly our routines can fall apart? I’m sure you and your husband are both happy to be back together. And the little ones too! Thank you so much for sharing. As always, a visual and sensory delight. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  26. Wow, the bento box looks like a beauty, so cute! My 2 1/2 is such a picky eater that I am so embarass to call myself a food blogger, she just refused to eat! I think I should learn how to make Bento, always in my to-do list year after year, maybe the cuteness can lure her in:-)

  27. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    Yum! I love garlic miso – it’s the best combination, and I’m definitely in for something quick, easy, and delicious!

  28. Garlic + miso sounds perfect, can’t believe I’ve never tried it.
    My nephew Jett would love those pandas, I think I’ll go to the Japanese market and buy my sister-in-law some cute animals for his lunch box. Thanks for the inspiration, as always Nami!

  29. I’m glad your husband is back and life can return to normal. I remember the chaos in our household when my husband traveled and our children were quite young! This is a beautiful bento and I can’t wait to try your garlic miso marinade.

  30. So cute!! I’ve been wondering what else I can do with my tub of miso paste, so I’ve pinned the chicken recipe. Mine won’t be as cute as this bento box, though. 😉

  31. Nami, more fabulous looking bento! The presentation is so very pretty and the food looks so very appetizing, again! I am always so impressed and really enjoy this Bento series of yours – these panda pix are just the cutest!

  32. I have yet to make my bentos for my boyfriend as pretty as you make them for your son.. Also, loving the garlic and miso marinade! I will try to use it your sauce this week. =)

  33. Kat

    I made the Garlic Miso Chicken two days ago and it is so good. We have to always encourage/bribe our 3 year old son to eat meat but once he tasted the chicken he said “MMMmm” and when I asked him what he wanted more of he said chicken.
    Thank you so much for posting the recipe.

    • Hi Kat! I’m so happy to hear you liked this garlic miso chicken recipe! I’m especially happy that your son enjoyed it. You made my day! :)