Easy Japanese Recipes

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Bento はちみつ醤油チキン弁当

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Between starting my new business at FishforSushi.com and making videos for my YouTube channel, I am playing catch up now.  So today I’m happy to share my kids’ favorite Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Bento!

Previous Dinner Was: Honey Soy Sauce Chicken.

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

The best thing about this recipe is that you only need 4 ingredients (chicken, honey, soy sauce, and sake).  It takes less than 10 minutes to prep and simply pop in the oven for 20-30 minutes.  Need I say more? :)

Lunch Next Day:

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

You could put chicken drumetts directly in the bento, but knowing how slooooow my children eat, I removed the meat off from bone so that they can finish their lunch quicker.

In the morning, I reheated the chicken (for food safety reason) and made Onigiri, Tamagoyaki, and sauteed cabbage.  With all the colorful fruits and tomato added to bento box, the “leftover” lunch now is a beautiful healthy balanced meal.

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

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Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Bento
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Serves: 1 Bento
  1. Make Onigiri (Rice Ball) and let it cool.
  2. Make Tamagoyaki (see how to make Quick & Easy Tamagoyaki).
  3. In the same flying pan, heat oil to sautee shredded cabbage. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a silicon cup.
  4. In the same pan, reheat leftover Honey Soy Sauce Chicken until it's warm thoroughly.
  5. Wash mini tomato and fruits and cut them if necessary.
  6. Start packing cooled foods into bento box.
  7. Cool down completely before closing the bento box.

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.


If you are new to packing lunches and interested in making bento-style lunch, check out my short video below on How To Make Bento.

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  • Fern @ To Food with Love October 6, 2013, 4:47 pm

    You always make bentos sound so easy to make, and yours always look so pretty!

  • Belinda @zomppa October 6, 2013, 5:26 pm

    This is a finger-lickin’ well balanced meal!

  • A_Boleyn October 6, 2013, 6:05 pm

    What a lovely combination of colours and flavours. I made sticky chicken wings today with honey, soy sauce, hoisin etc which could be added to a bento … if I didn’t nibble on a couple every time I pass by the fridge. :)

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 6, 2013, 6:23 pm

    I have no one to make a bento for but I love that chicken!

  • Shirley October 6, 2013, 6:34 pm

    I can’t believe you have the time and energy to make your kids fresh lunches with your new business, blog, and now making videos. You’re Super Mom!

  • Nobuko October 6, 2013, 7:09 pm

    Hi Nami,
    Congratulations on starting your own business. How exciting and scary at the same time!
    I wish you much success and I don’t doubt that it will be a huge success!

  • Eha October 6, 2013, 7:29 pm

    Looking at that bento box I have decided: I’ll move to SF, live somewhere close to you, go back to school and knock on your door every school morning for a bento box!! Best lunch in town :) ! And it IS healthy! PS Just sent a post to friends: meant to include your business link – well, had pressed the ‘send’ ere . . . next time, Namiko-san: hope you are beginning to ‘do great’!!!!

    • Nami October 10, 2013, 10:58 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Eha! When you come to SF, I’ll make sure you get my bento! :)

  • Monica October 6, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Nami, my mother used to make soy sauce chicken for us all the time as kids and it was one of my favorite dishes. Her Chinese version is a bit different than this but I’m sure both are delicious and loved by kids…and adults like me. Everything in the bento looks delicious – what lucky kids you have!!

  • Jeannie Tay October 6, 2013, 8:36 pm

    Love your honey soy chicken, and that bento looks really tempting! WIsh I have the time to prepare bentos for my son and myself but time is always on the rush here! Sigh!

  • GourmetGetaways October 6, 2013, 9:18 pm

    You make the best bento!
    The children go back to school tomorrow after our holidays so I should start planning their lunch box now!

  • cquek October 6, 2013, 9:29 pm

    can i have that for my lunch box

  • Karen October 6, 2013, 10:59 pm

    kawaii, oishi bento desu nes! onigiri dai suki! Lovely Nami :)

  • Chef and Sommelier October 6, 2013, 11:02 pm

    Hi Nami! Congratulations on your new venture!

  • kwbentodiary October 6, 2013, 11:06 pm

    Yummy and perfect bento lunch!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen October 7, 2013, 12:16 am

    Can I have your bento, too?! Please!!
    I’d love to taste this chicken! It has to be delicious!

  • Mich Piece of Cake October 7, 2013, 2:42 am

    Congratulations on your new business and wishing you every success, Nami!

  • The Ninja Baker October 7, 2013, 2:56 am


  • Ann Low October 7, 2013, 3:06 am

    Hi Nami, wish I can stay nearer to you. So I can order sushi everyday!

  • Kelly October 7, 2013, 3:16 am

    This honey soy chicken sounds amazing, love that there are only 4 ingredients – my son would love the flavors! Another fantastic and gorgeous looking bento, thank you so much for sharing Nami :)

  • CCU October 7, 2013, 3:21 am

    A gorgeous flavour for bento :D


  • Sissi October 7, 2013, 4:47 am

    Marvellous bento! I instantly feel like making honey and soy sauce chicken tonight. I have made so many times and loved every single time!

  • easyfoodsmith October 7, 2013, 4:55 am

    Had you not told, I believe no one could have guessed it was bento from left overs!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 7, 2013, 5:42 am

    The name of this sauce sounds delish. I’d be happy to dress my chicken with it!

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker October 7, 2013, 7:07 am

    This is my kind of finger lickin’ meal!! Move over KFC, someone needs to bring out a meal box with japanese honey soy wings.
    Lovely pictures and great tut too.

  • TheKitchenLioness October 7, 2013, 7:07 am

    Nami, so are quite the busy person these days – all the very best for your new business at FishforSushi – whishing you a ton of success and then some!
    Your Honey Soy Sauce Chicken bento box looks wonderful – now I would like to eat some of that lovely and tasty chicken myself!

  • Ramona October 7, 2013, 7:12 am

    Love the bento… love the honey-soy chicken. Can I be your kid and get these great lunches? I would go back to school just for it. :)

  • Kate@Diethood October 7, 2013, 7:22 am

    Honey Soy Sauce Chicken… that sounds deeeeelicious! I wish this is how my school lunches were prepared! Beats the PB & J sandwich, ya know. :-D

  • Minnie@thelady8home October 7, 2013, 7:38 am

    You make these look beautiful…I am in awe that (a) You have enough time to prepare these lip smacking awesome bentos (b) make them look like work of art (c) Photograph them like a pro.

    I learn so much from you. I can see your business is taking off, deservingly so, but don’t forget us, miss your blog posts!

  • Ash-foodfashionparty October 7, 2013, 9:23 am

    That is such a healthy and nice lunch box. Completely motivated by you, I went to diaso and got us some stuff. I made a bento lunch last week and the boys loved it. The egg rolls are a great thing. Beautiful flavors Nami, your kids are so lucky.
    All the best with everything you undertake my dear, you are a super woman.xx

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie October 7, 2013, 11:59 am

    A huge congratulations to you on all of your new ventures. Wishing you the very best of luck and much success!! This bento sounds delicious, thanks for sharing.

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz October 7, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Oh that Honey Soy Sauce Chicken looks so succulent and juicy in the pan. Would love to have that in my lunch the next day too. Honestly every time you post a bento box I wish you would make my lunch lol.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 7, 2013, 1:00 pm

    What a tasty bento, I love that chicken!

  • Raymund October 7, 2013, 1:48 pm

    The chicken looks so juicy!

  • Jeanette October 7, 2013, 3:36 pm

    You have been very busy Nami! Lots of exciting things going on for you – that’s wonderful. Your kids are lucky to have such a beautiful bento lunch!

  • Juliana October 7, 2013, 4:39 pm

    Another super cute and tasty bento…I love it!
    Have a wonderful week Nami :D

  • Liz October 7, 2013, 5:55 pm

    Nami, I want you to make MY lunch! Seriously, your children get the most balance, beautiful, healthy lunches…not to mention delicious!!! Have a great week, my friend.

  • Hotly Spiced October 7, 2013, 6:21 pm

    You sound incredibly busy, Nami. My little guy is a slow eater too. Whenever we have chicken I always take it off the bone for him otherwise he’s there for an hour procrastinating and saying he’s finished when all he’s eaten is the skin. This honey soy lunch box looks wonderful xx

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings October 7, 2013, 6:49 pm

    I didn’t know about a new business??? I’m going to check it out! So, Congratulations are in order! Nami, you have such a way with bento boxes. I love it! I am sure your kids have one of the most well-balanced meals in their class! Hats off to you for making such awesome bento boxes!

  • mjskit October 7, 2013, 8:48 pm

    I know for a fact that this chicken is delicious! What lucky kids. :) Tasty, tasty Bento!

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking October 7, 2013, 9:28 pm

    Such a yummy combo…love everything and could eat this bento pretty much every day! :D

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 7, 2013, 11:45 pm

    Wow Nami how do you find the time? With kids and a family you’re a superwoman! :D

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 7, 2013, 11:47 pm

    BTW Nami just watched the green tea donut video-great work there (I wish I could video edit) and now I have the biggest craving for a green tea donut! :D

  • Orchidea October 8, 2013, 1:47 am

    I love you bento boxes! They are always so colorful and inviting!!!
    Good luck with the new business! I am sure it will go well.

  • Amy (Savory Moments) October 8, 2013, 3:29 am

    This bento is really beautiful – I would love to have it for my lunch!

  • Jenny October 8, 2013, 4:33 am

    Those chicken legs look extremely edible, Nami. I bet your kids eat their whole Bento, too!

  • Helene D'Souza October 8, 2013, 7:49 am

    I just need sake and I am good to go! =D
    I can imagine how busy you are, I hope you get to breath and have a break ;)

  • Hannah October 8, 2013, 7:56 am

    Nami, your bento boxes are always stunning and delicious! I can guarantee your children are eating the best lunches for miles around.

  • Gintare @Gourmantine October 8, 2013, 8:13 am

    This looks absolutely delicious, wonderful as always Nami :)

  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen October 8, 2013, 9:55 am

    I want this for lunch today, Nami! Your bentos aren’t just cute, they are SO delicious!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 8, 2013, 1:51 pm

    This looks like such a delicious and well-planned meal, Nami! Absolutely mouthwatering flavors!

  • gloria October 8, 2013, 4:15 pm

    Nami, seriously I adore Bentos I think are something special this look beautiful and delicious!!

  • Mr. & Mrs. P October 8, 2013, 5:52 pm

    That chicken is perfect golden! yum!

  • Monet October 8, 2013, 7:10 pm

    Delicious and easy. Don’t you just love that classic combo of salty and sweet? I love that this only requires 4 ingredients too! Thank you for sharing…and I’m so excited to read about you and all your work!

  • Smoky Wok (Jasmine) October 8, 2013, 8:02 pm

    Hi Nami! Long time no ‘see’ :D This looks great..u know what I’ve recently started to make bentos haha ..but I’ve got lots to learn – love how colourful and easy this is!

  • Yi @ Yi Reservation October 8, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Nami, I always like to see what new bento dish you put together and you never failed to deliver. The honey soy chicken looks fantastic and the combination of each item makes your bento super yummy. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Bam's Kitchen October 8, 2013, 9:30 pm

    Namiko-san, I am so happy for you and I am delighted to see that you have gone on with You tube videos and a business. I have just subscribed. You will be very successful as you work very hard and are diligent and pay attention to details. Gambatte Kudasai! I remember the honey soy chicken and this one is always a hit at our house too. We love your recipe. Have a super week and take care, BAM

  • Baby Sumo October 8, 2013, 10:10 pm

    I made some ginger and sesame chicken for my kids the other day, and omg they gobbled it up so quick. I think they will like this honey soy chicken too :)

  • Lynna October 9, 2013, 12:21 am

    I love your recipes because they`re simple and encourages me to learn how to cook! Love how cute this chicken bento is!

  • Alessandra October 9, 2013, 1:38 am

    I don’t eat chicken but I love bento boxes, so clever!


  • Nusrat Azim October 9, 2013, 5:51 am

    Your posts are sometimes like a fancy science class taught by a mighty pretty professor :) … You explain things in such an enjoyable, visually beautiful way that even the dumbest science student like myself would fall into the professor’s charm :)
    Loved the bento indea. Balanced and healthy and satisfying and fulfilling, as always.

    Chicken drumetts picture came out insanely sexy :)

  • Katerina October 9, 2013, 7:52 am

    This chicken Nami has my name written all over it!

  • sippitysup October 9, 2013, 10:10 am

    I’m sure your kids smile when they open these boxes. Such glorious food. GREG

  • Daniela October 9, 2013, 11:24 am

    OMG, Nami I don’t know how you find time for all your activities.
    You must be super efficient at time management:)
    The honey soy chicken looks perfect golden brown and the balance between salty and sweet seems perfect to me.
    Congratulations on your new business, wish you lots of success!

  • Stephanie October 11, 2013, 4:21 pm

    Ugh, kids really do eat slow. I always have that problem when Lucas brings home his half eaten lunch and says he didn’t have enough time to finish. >_<

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce October 12, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Your kids are so lucky to have this kind of food for lunch. And you are a great mother…!!!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 14, 2013, 11:32 am

    Yet another beautiful Bento!! I love honey sauce combo and this chicken looks so succulent :)

  • Des October 14, 2013, 10:51 pm

    Can you come make me lunch?? :)