Easy Japanese Recipes

Chicken Teriyaki Bento チキン照り焼き弁当

Chicken Teriyaki Bento Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com TGIF!  How was your week?  I cannot believe we are already at the end of September.  Didn’t schools just start not long ago?  Just like any other families with children, I sometimes find it difficult to prepare dinner with everything that’s going on.  I cook dinner almost everyday, so quick and easy recipe like Chicken Teriyaki comes in handy.  It’s especially tasty with the homemade sauce.

If your rice cooker has a timer, you can wash rice and set it to be ready for your dinner time.  I defrost chicken in the morning before I drop off my children at schools.  And when I come home for lunch after picking up my daughter, I quickly marinade the meat.  If you are working full-time, you might have to plan ahead so that you can marinade the chicken before going to work.

About 40 minutes prior to dinner time, you can start cooking the chicken.  While you are doing so, you can make quick Miso Soup and simple salad.  If you still have some time, you can make another quick side dish like Sunomono (Cucumber Salad).  There you go, healthy homemade food!

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend.  I definitely need to catch up some sleep as well as some blogging work, and of course have some fun with my family.  Enjoy!

Previous Dinner was:

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki (I used chicken thigh WITHOUT skin this time), and quick side dish Sunomono (Cucumber Salad).


Lunch Next Day:

Teriyaki Chicken Bento 2 | Just One Cookbook.com

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Chicken Teriyaki Bento
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Serves: 1 Bento
  1. Fill up half of bento box with Japanese rice. Let it cool so that hot/warm rice will not warm up other cool food.
  2. Reheat leftover Chicken Teriyaki in a frying pan until it's warm thoroughly.
  3. Wash lettuce and tomatoes and pat dry. Place nicely in the bento box.
  4. Pack cooled Chicken Teriyaki on top of lettuce.
  5. Put Sunomono in a silicone cup and put it in the bento box. Make sure you do not include any liquids.
  6. Pack Apple Bunnies in an open space in the bento box.
  7. Sprinkle furikake on top of slightly cooled rice.
  8. Cool down completely before closing the bento box.
[Please read FOOD SAFETY TIPS .]

If you are using a thermal bento box like Thermos, you do not need to cool down before closing lunch box.

This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


I have additional page for Bento Food where you can find different side dishes to fill in your bento box.  Click here to see how to make  Apple Bunnies (Apple Rabbits).

Apple Bunny | Just One Cookbook.com

Enjoy making bento!

Posted in: Bento

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 27, 2012, 10:48 pm

    I love chicken teryiaki, I think this is my favorite bento so far! Those apple bunnies are adorable! :)

  • Zee September 27, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Love chicken teriyaki and this has to be my favorite bento.. I so want to make chicken teriyaki using your recipe but I can’t find few ingredients where I live :(

  • kat September 28, 2012, 12:07 am


  • Jenny September 28, 2012, 12:16 am

    Helooo Nami! what a wonderful lunchbox. It looks too delicious, and the cucumber salad as well. I’ve been canal boating through beautiful English countryside these last two weeks with my sister from Canada, cooking like crazy and loving it all. Have a lovely restful weekend!

  • amy @ uTryIt September 28, 2012, 12:26 am

    Your bento boxes are always so inviting. Love these cute apple bunnies. :) If I pack them in my baby girl’s lunch, those would be the only thing she wants to eat. hahaha…she adores bunnies. Happy Friday, Nami.

  • Rosa September 28, 2012, 1:06 am

    Marvelous! A perfect bento.



  • Orchidea September 28, 2012, 1:11 am

    Your bento boxes always look so beautiful! I would be just happy to bring one with me to work for lunch…

  • Choc Chip Uru September 28, 2012, 1:45 am

    My brother’s favourite bento ever :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Mel September 28, 2012, 2:26 am

    Beautiful and delicious; and even the apple being cut out so nicely! The cut out looks like a tulip flower! Your son’s schoolmates must be full of ‘jealousy’ after looking this delicious bento. Does your hb request for bento set too? :-)

  • Sissi September 28, 2012, 3:37 am

    I am once more in awe of your bento! So beautiful and so inventive. I love the apple bunnies :-) I don’t have to mention I adore chicken teriyaki, because who doesn’t???

  • Hotly Spiced September 28, 2012, 3:52 am

    I love your apple bunnies. What a great looking lunch box. Chicken teriyaki is one of my most favourite Japanese meals. Have a great weekend Nami xx

  • Katherine Martinelli September 28, 2012, 4:37 am

    So cute!! Love every aspect of this bento. For a long time the only thing I would eat at Japanese restaurants was chicken teriyaki. I’ve become much more adventurous since then, but it’s still a favorite and yours looks amazing :-)

  • Jen @ Savory Simple September 28, 2012, 4:55 am

    Adorable apple bunnies! And I love this bento!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 28, 2012, 5:36 am

    I love chicken teriyaki. Sweet, salty and delicious.

    I’m so impressed by the effort you put into your son’s lunches. No slapping peanut butter on a piece of bread at your house!

  • Stephanie September 28, 2012, 6:29 am

    This is too cute! I discovered apple bunnies a while back, but have never had the chance to use them yet..

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 28, 2012, 6:30 am

    bento boxes rule!! I wish I lived closer so you could make me one, Nami! :)

  • Dara September 28, 2012, 7:01 am

    I LOVE these bentos. I am getting so inspired by all your ideas. I have never made my own teriyaki sauce before but now I must.

  • mjskit September 28, 2012, 7:09 am

    Well, I have ordered the Chicken Teriyaki Bento before and it didn’t look near as pretty as this! :) What a beautiful box of healthy and delicious food! I wasn’t familiar with Furikake so thanks for introducing me to a new seasoning! I do love the simplicity of sprinkling rice with a blend of herbs and spices. Of course I do love your recipes for all of the ingredients in this box. what a gorgeous lunch!

  • wok with ray September 28, 2012, 7:52 am

    I love these bento dishes that you are coming up with. It also give busy mom and dad ideas on how to manage their meal and meal that they can take to work. My son would love this teriyaki bento to take to school. Thank you, Nami and wishing you a very nice weekend! :)

  • Muna Kenny September 28, 2012, 8:26 am

    Yum Yum! So delicious, I’m a big fan of chicken teriyaki :)

  • Ramona September 28, 2012, 9:07 am

    Nami… I would love the Teriyaki chicken, but those apple bunnies….. AWESOME! I feel like I’m just putting bland, boring stuff in my kids lunch boxes… your bentos are so beautiful and fun! I need to up my game and do more cute stuff with veggies and fruit. My kids would really love the apple bunnies. I finally got them some good thermoses so they are finally taking a hot lunch to school from me. Next…. apple bunnies! Yay! Have a great weekend. ~ Ramona

  • Belinda @zomppa September 28, 2012, 10:31 am

    Healthy and beautifully presented! I wish restaurants would make boxes like this.

  • Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal September 28, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I love Bento box – they always look sooo pretty, just like yours!

  • Food Jaunts September 28, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Aw those apple bunnies are so cute :) It’s so funny what bento packing does. The original dinner was gorgeous but then you repackaged it in a bento and it seems like a whole new meal!

  • yummychunklet September 28, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Aw! What cute apple bunnies!

  • Charles September 28, 2012, 2:48 pm

    My Friday was awesome! I met Eva and had lunch with her and her husband in Paris (Korean barbecue! Soooo good!) :)

    I bet your son has the best damn packed lunch in the whole class with this Nami – certainly the most flavoursome and healthy. Some of the junk kids eat these days….. :( I see people walking to school munching candy bars and potato chips, washing it all down with a can of Coke… and this is at 8am – breakfast time! :(

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook September 28, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Our kids love teriyaki chicken and I make the sauce myself to, but I’ve never considered making leftover into bento boxes for the kids, just Mr. I am going to make some bunny apples for their crunch and sip box! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Jenn and Seth September 28, 2012, 3:22 pm

    i love the apple bunnies, they are so cute! such a yummy bento!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 28, 2012, 8:38 pm

    I love chicken teriyaki! I would love to eat this for lunch!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover September 29, 2012, 3:14 am

    Oh, your apple bunny look so so cute..

  • Kimmi September 29, 2012, 5:13 am

    Thanks for the instructions on making the apple bunnies!! Recently, I’ve been packing a banana and some grapes with my lunch, but it’s time for some variety. =) I usually use a little lemon juice to keep apples from browning, but I’m going to try the salt water technique you mentioned!

    • Nami October 3, 2012, 10:02 pm

      Hi Kimmi! Japanese use salt water for apples, and I didn’t know about lemon juice until I came to the US. :) Salt water always work perfectly, so please give it a try when you don’t have a lemon! :)

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) September 29, 2012, 5:38 am

    You are a bento master! Wow. So pretty. and I’m fairly certain that chicken teriyaki will be the best I’ve ever made. Can’t wait to try the recipe.

  • Vicki Bensinger September 29, 2012, 5:50 am

    It’s sounds like you’ve got everything down perfect and are on a great schedule. I remember those days. They were a repeat of the day before and went clock work. If something got in the way I got all off course.

    Love this chicken and the nice way you organize it Bento style. I saved this recipe before but never made it. Glad you posted again so I can make it this time.

  • Rhonda September 29, 2012, 10:13 am

    I am feeling the same about the shock of how fast September just disappears!! I am so ready for my vacation in November. Your little apple bunnies are adorable, my niece would love them.

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce September 29, 2012, 10:52 am

    Lovely bunnies…!!! Incredible the year is over, just 3 months and we will be on the 2013. Sometimes I have a hard time with Adriana, well, not me because she has lunch at the school, so her teachers have to deal with her. The food at school is excellent, but not for her, so she always asked me for a lunch box, but I can’t, I can’t make something like your bentos.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 29, 2012, 6:48 pm

    Aww the apple bunnies are so cute! That looks fantastic and I love bentos because they are a bit of everything! :D

  • Lynna September 29, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Hope you aren`t being too overwhelmed! :)

    This looks amazing~ I love the apple bunnies! ♥ Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  • torviewtoronto September 29, 2012, 7:57 pm

    bento looks wonderful

  • Marina@Picnic at Marina September 29, 2012, 8:02 pm

    My son loves chicken teriyaki more than anything! If he could, he would eat it for breakfast, lunch and diner!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat September 29, 2012, 11:33 pm

    I am amazed by the creativeness of your Bento boxes! They always look so colorful and fun.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 30, 2012, 12:17 am

    So when are you coming over to pack me this amazing bento lunch? :)

  • Raymund September 30, 2012, 1:00 am

    Who does not love teriyaki, the sweet and savoury flavours of that sauce is amazing in any meats

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb September 30, 2012, 8:15 am

    ok I think so I ll so that once and serve some miso soup before the chicken teriyaki. I dont think so that I had asked u that before, but whats Furikake?

    Pretty, little perfect bento. :D

  • kitchenriffs September 30, 2012, 1:07 pm

    Another great bento with beautiful presentation. This might be the best yet, mainly because I love Chicken Teriyaki. Those apple bunnies are really cute – great idea. Fun post – thanks.

  • Asmita September 30, 2012, 2:09 pm

    Hi Nami,
    You are such a wonderful mom and cook. This looks amazing!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie September 30, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Hi Nami,

    I hope you’ve had a great weekend! I have been extremely busy so this recipe is great for me too. Love love teriyaki and the bento box is so cute:)

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) September 30, 2012, 2:35 pm

    My, you are disciplined. A lot of times I don’t know what I’m having for dinner until right before I make it. Then I still have to go to the store to pick up the ingredients, LOL! I need that kind of schedule in my life. :)

    I can go for this meal anytime. Comforting and tasty all at once! :)

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles September 30, 2012, 5:23 pm

    So here’s the funny thing, I just had dinner an hour ago and I feel hungry all over again looking at your gorgeous bento box! Oh my goodness… that teriyaki chicken in homemade sauce… please send it express! ;-). The apple bunnies stole my heart though; too cute!

  • Ilke September 30, 2012, 7:00 pm

    I need to make myself bento boxes for lunch. I have to try your teriyaki soon. I am sure homemade version will be a whole lot better than the take out!

  • Mark September 30, 2012, 8:43 pm

    Always enjoy checking out your recipes, Nami. Reminds me how much I miss living in Tokyo, and looking forward to every meal.

  • Balvinder September 30, 2012, 10:07 pm

    I did have a nice weekend with so many activities going on in Richmond because of Culture days. And the good thing is that weather is still warm with cool evenings.
    You make wonderful lunches for your kids from the day before dinner.

  • Katerina October 1, 2012, 2:03 am

    My son Nami is a big fan of teriyaki sauce. He eats his salmon only like this and he loves every bite! I am sure he would love the chicken as well!

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) October 1, 2012, 2:31 am

    At the moment I mostly sit at home and study for my exams, but next year when I start a PhD I’ll work at an office mostly and then I’ll make a lot of lunch boxes for myself. I love the bento concept because it’s so balanced and fresh, and everything is so organized and kindly arranged. I think my bento would have vegetables, fish or chicken, and brown rice or legumes. Looking forward to that already! :)

  • minnie@thelady8home October 1, 2012, 6:08 am

    You are an artist Nami, and your son is so lucky to have you. My kids would swicth loyalties in a heartbeat of they saw this bento. I love the chicken teriyaki idea, and I am going to try this one for sure.

  • FiSh October 1, 2012, 6:22 am

    happy making bento for lunch! hearty and delicious!

    Latest: Little Tiramisu Dream

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen October 1, 2012, 7:29 am

    We will love this Chicken Teriyaki! I will make this right away for my family. I used to pack a lot of lunchboxes for my kids – wish I had known you then. What a great idea with the Apple Bunnies, too — so cute! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes, Nami!

  • Reem | Simply Reem October 1, 2012, 8:30 am

    Those apple bunnies are adorable!!
    Time is flying… God we are already into holiday zone…

    You know I have to try Bento soon, I love love the idea of such creative;y packed lunch, just I dunno why I am scared to do it myself.

  • Kristy October 1, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Another great bento Nami! I’m definitely going to make this chicken teriyaki very soon. It will be a sure fire winner around here. :) (Bonus if there are leftovers for Mr. N’s lunch too!)

  • Nash at Plateful October 1, 2012, 2:06 pm

    I’m a huge fan of teriyaki, and the idea of a teriyaki bento meal sounds utterly delicious!

  • Patty October 1, 2012, 5:21 pm

    I wish I had a chicken teriyaki Bento right now for dinner! It is so hot outside I don’t want to cook dinner tonight, wouldn’t a lovely Bento be perfect right now, I wish you delivered these Nami;-) Chicken thighs without skin are my favorite part of the chicken, they look good with the teriyaki sauce;-)

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz October 2, 2012, 11:24 am

    Very nice Chicken Teriyaki for dinner and it’s a great choice for a bento box. You are getting really good and developing your own style.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 2, 2012, 9:07 pm

    Your bento creations not only looks delicious, but presented beautifully! I hope I get to sample a packed bento from you one day :)

  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings October 2, 2012, 9:26 pm

    Hi, Nami! I’m only now feeling better from my flu :( The good news is, I have my tastes and appetite back! Your food never fails to make me drool! I’m always amazed at the cute and wonderful things you do with your bento lunches! So creative, so Japanese! My school lunch boxes are just plain and blah…! You really inspire me!

  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake October 6, 2012, 5:40 am

    I love apple bunnies, always make me feel like a little kid when I eat them. :P Also love chicken teriyaki, one of my favourite and most versatile Japanese recipes!

  • Shirley October 7, 2012, 8:46 pm

    The apple bunnies are so cute! I’ve heard bento is popular among moms trying to get their children to eat more, by making food into cute shapes, etc. My sister uses tricks to get her daughter to eat, and says to me, “We never needed extra incentive to eat when we were little.” lol I think chicken terayaki and apple bunnies would definitely do the trick.

  • kok77 April 14, 2013, 1:37 am

    Hey! I just love how you explain how to make these pretty bentos. I’m not a Japanese, and how these pretty and tasty things are made are such a mystery to me. Maybe one day I’ll try sprucing up my bento like this. :)

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 10:06 am

      Thank you so much! :)

  • cee elac July 4, 2013, 9:51 am

    I just stumbled upon your site and I love your bento recipes. They are not too kiddie for me which I can also prepare for dinner. I have bought lovely traditional bento boxes here: http://www.katachiware.com.au/bento-boxes.html which I haven’t any idea yet what food should I put there. And your recipes were prefect to try out with my new babies <3 Thanks

    • Nami July 6, 2013, 7:12 am

      Hi Cee! You have very nice traditional bento boxes. Hope you enjoy making bento! So happy to hear you like my bento posts. :)