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Chicken Strips Bento

Now that I have to cook seven days a week instead of two, I find that I’m not wasting nearly as much food as I used to, which is quite strange. I had been dreading this nightly task of dinner-making because we had been going to Grandma J’s house for dinner for like six years, but I was quite pleased to find that I enjoy it quite a bit.

We finally have a table to sit and eat at (in the kitchen) and thanks to the dishwasher, I don’t have to stare at the sink full of dishes and fight the urge to run screaming from the house.

Chicken Strips Bento

Here’s a quick bento I made for Baby Girl to take to school on “Kalua Pig and Spinach” day. It’s got leftover chicken strips ala Pioneer Woman, ranch dressing in a cup, a cutie, and some green grapes.

This dish was a pretty big hit with the kids, with them snatching up piece after piece and eating it. I didn’t have anything to make a bbq sauce, so I threw together ketchup, Worchestershire sauce, onion salt, and honey and managed to conjure up a pretty decent honey BBQ sauce.


I totally had to share this. Last weekend, we went to Grandma J’s house and she had this freaking huge and gorgeous pot of herbs. I went inside to ask her where she got it and she said it was for me!! Woohoo!! My niece had won it at a party (it was a centerpiece) and given it to Grandma, who then gave it to me. They generally don’t cook with herbs and she’s scared of her deathly touch with plants.

It’s got a big honking bush of basil, some parsley (I’ll never have to rot a bunch from the market again!), variegated sage, rosemary, and thyme. It smells amazing and I keep it in the kitchen near the windows for full sun. And look at the pretty basil flowers! Love!

Halloween is coming up fast, so while I’m still trying to get back into the bento groove, I’ve got some spooky bento ideas creeping and crawling into my head!

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  • Lovely herb pot! I’m very jealous as all my herbs are outdoors and I don’t have space to move them inside. Though basil flowers are pretty, you have to cut them off! Once basil produces flowers, it’s signalling to the rest of the branch to stop production of leaves. Look up how to prune basil to stimulate growth of new branches and leaves. I suggest cutting the flowers off asap (you can dry them to save the tiny black seeds for next year). Basil also makes roots easily -take a cutting stick it in water and lots of sun. Then you can replant the cutting with roots in soil. Hope this helps, I love growing basil!

  • Ana Macedo

    This looks so tasty :’D
    Totally not good when I haven’t eaten breakfast yet!

    Those herbs look so healthy it makes me envious!

  • hey pikko, long time no “talk” — glad to see you getting back in the groove! those chicken strips look great… i can totally see why they were a hit. what a cute and well-balanced little meal.

    and the herb pot is awesome, what a score!

    i’m like you, starting to think of halloween bento ideas… can’t believe it’s almost that time already!

  • Moontaj

    The herb pot looks amazing and HAZZAH for blogging again! I was getting antsy not having my Pikko fix.

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  • I’ve never had much luck keeping herbs alive indoors. I wish I had something like that during the colder months here!

  • Awesome site!
    Now your Bento boxes are making me hungry 🙂

  • Hi Crystal,
    I ordered your Yum Yum Book! 🙂 And I’m so impatient to read it and test your recipes! I don’t stop talking about that in my blog and at my family! I’m a beginner with bento, and I’m really motivated especially when I look at the beautiful pictures here. Thank you for sharing all these things with us.


  • J

    Where can I contact Pikko? I can’t find her email in the site

  • nice chicken bento!

  • Does this mean Baby Girl is eating bentos now? Or was it just the “cute” ones she didn’t want?