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5 Spice Roast Chicken Bento Box

Posted on December 09, 2009 by Debra


Another chicken recipe! Don’t worry vegans and vegetarians I have packed some personal bento boxes  so there are non-meat recipes in queue. Please stay tuned.

Today’s featured bento box has chicken…real chicken, which means it’s a lunch for Saba Man alone.  As you know, Saba Man is more than happy to eat “fake meat” and totally supports my vegetarian ways but sometimes it’s easier to just cook the chicken!  The food for this bento box started off as most lunches do… as  the main course from  the previous night’s dinner.  This recipe requires 1 hour of marination so it’s a strong candidate for the dinner-then-bento partnership.  It’s very delicious and cooking  1 or 2  more pieces will insure you have  extra for your bento box.

Also in the lunch is a mixure of  steamed white rice with peas, chopped roasted asparagus (another leftover) and scrambled egg.  I decided to omit frying  the rice because  I think the chicken recipe provides enough oil for one day.  Mixing hot rice with various veggies and eggs is a healthy alternative…just be sure to it cools before closing the bento box lid.  I used grape tomatoes as filler but other bits of color such as carrots or grapes works just as well.   I like the red color to offset the green in the rice and the lettuce.  Lettuce is often used as both a liner and garnish.  It aslo makes an excellent baran too!

5 Spice Baked Chicken

2-3 Chicken breasts or thighs (free range chicken is best)

3 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic

Rinse chicken in cold running water and pat dry. Cut away any excess fat but leave the skin. Cooking with the skin on keeps the chicken moist.  You can remove it before you eat if you wish.  Mix together all the marinade ingredients then add the chicken. Cover and marinate for at least an hour.

To roast, place the chicken on a pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Place the chicken under the broiler for about 10-15  minutes, turning every 5 minutes until browned.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes or until done.  Serve immediately.  Tastes best with rice!  If you have any left for your  bento box lunch, chop  into bite sized pieces before packing.

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  1. Susan says:

    Looks delicious, I can’t wait to try out your recipe. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lil'chan says:

    This looks yummy! Rice and chicken is great in bento ^-^

  3. Julie says:

    That looks super yummy! :D

  4. hapabento says:

    Thanks everyone for spotting in to leave such nice comments!

  5. sheri says:

    Love bakin’ the chicken! It’s my favorite way! Will try this one next!

  6. Just made this tonight, with chicken legs. Really really good! Thanks for sharing. Probably going in daughter’s lunch tomorrow unless I decide to save the leftovers for my own lunch!

  7. Amaaris says:

    Ohhh, I really love your photos. evrything looks just tasty and delicious. I think I will try this recipe for one of my next bento, too. The skin looks to crispy…hmmm.

  8. Katie says:

    Your bento’s look amazing! When I lived in Japan, I made obento for my boyfriend but they never looked as good as yours… I want to start again but now I’m with a 5 month baby and not too much time to make any food :(

  9. bentobird says:

    That’s an amazingly good looking photo, with delectable chicken and very decorative nori garnish! Nom and nom.

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