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This chicken and cabbage stir fry recipe is fast and easy. The chicken is soft and tender, and the onions and cabbage melt in your mouth. It’s ready in just over half an hour!

If you can’t get enough cabbage, try my Cabbage Soup with Bacon and Potatoes or Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry next.

close-up of sautéed cabbage and chicken in a white bowl

Why you’ll love it

I based this chicken and cabbage recipe on my popular Sautéed Cabbage and Kielbasa Recipe. It’s cooked in a similar fashion, and it’s just as delicious! Since I grew up with plenty of Czech and central European food, it’s no wonder that I love cabbage so much. Somehow I don’t manage to eat it that often, though. I’m always so surprised at just how flavorful fried cabbage is. It’s so good.

Making chicken sautéed with cabbage is easy. You really don’t need much in the way of seasoning to make this recipe taste totally delicious. I used your standard mild paprika, some fresh garlic, and an onion along with salt & pepper. That’s about it for a quick and inexpensive meal with pantry ingredients!

What you’ll need

  • Chicken – we’re using boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Olive oil and butter – for sautéing
  • Onion – use whatever you’ve got on hand, but our kitchen likes sweet (Vidalia) onions best
  • Cabbage – we use green cabbage here
  • Garlic – if you’re a garlic lover, go ahead and use even more than I suggest. It’s effortless to mince with a garlic press since there is no chopping or peeling involved.
  • Paprika – you’ll find mild paprika in the spice aisle of any grocery store
white bowl with low-carb fried chicken, onions, and cabbage

Pro tips

  • You don’t have to be super precise with measurements here. I say a medium cabbage, but last time I made this, I bought half of a MASSIVE cabbage that I cut into half again, and that totaled about what you’d expect from a medium cabbage, so don’t worry about precisely measuring.
  • Keep in mind there’s a lot of cabbage in here, so it’s important to add enough salt to draw out the flavors!

How to make chicken and cabbage stir fry

This is an overview, and full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

  • In a skillet, add the chicken to the olive oil. Season with salt & pepper, and sauté until it’s just done, then set it aside. Sauté the onion in butter for a few minutes.
  • Add the cabbage and cook, tossing or stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes or until it starts to get nice and tender. Kitchen tongs make it easy.
  • Stir in the garlic and paprika, and finish by adding the chicken back it into the pan and heating it through to 165F. Give it a taste, add extra salt & pepper, and enjoy.

Substitutions and variations

  • I don’t feel like this recipe needs anything else, but you could always swap the mild paprika for hot paprika or smoked paprika if you wish. If you want to add more paprika or garlic or whatever, go ahead. I suggest tasting and adjusting until it’s perfect for you!
  • Want to make a vegetarian version of this dish? Try my Simple Sautéed Cabbage Recipe.
  • You can always use chicken thighs if you prefer, but I find chicken breast is fine since we don’t overcook it. It remains juicy and tender.
  • To make it next-level good, add in some crumbled Oven Cooked Bacon.

What to serve with chicken and cabbage

  • It’s totally optional, but a dollop of sour cream adds a nice contrast and a little creaminess.
  • As written, this is a low-carb chicken and cabbage recipe, but if that’s not your thing, pair it with something like rice to round out the meal.
  • A side salad makes a great accompaniment too. Try mixed greens with my Creamy Balsamic Dressing. Craving roasted veggies? Go for my Easy Roasted Green Beans.

Leftovers and storage

  • I actually quite enjoyed the leftovers too! The chicken was still tender, even after being microwaved the next day.
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • I don’t really recommend freezing this one since the texture of the cabbage may change, but you’re welcome to experiment.
white bowl with simple chicken and sauteed cabbage

If you give this cabbage sautéed with chicken recipe a go, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Talk to me if the blog post didn’t answer your questions. You can also find me on Instagram.

Sautéed cabbage and chicken is a healthy and delicious stir fry. Tender chicken breast, onions, and cabbage sautéed with garlic and paprika make a comforting family dinner! Delicious served with a dollop of sour cream!
4.85 from 80 votes

Easy Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry

This chicken and cabbage stir fry recipe is fast and easy. The chicken is soft and tender, and the onions and cabbage melt in your mouth. It's ready in just over half an hour!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium green cabbage cored & chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the olive oil and chicken to a skillet. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Turn the burner to medium-high heat and sauté for about 5-7 minutes (stirring fairly often), or until the chicken is just cooked through. 
  • Take the chicken out of the pan and set aside.
  • Add the butter and onion to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes. 
  • Add the cabbage to the pan and cook for about 10-15 minutes uncovered, stirring fairly often, until the cabbage is nice and soft (or cooked to desired tenderness). The cabbage at the bottom of the pan will start to wilt after a few minutes and it will become easier to stir. The onions will also start to lightly brown and become more flavorful.
  • Stir in the garlic and paprika.
  • Add the chicken back in, and cook until it’s heated through, stirring fairly often. This should only take a few minutes. 
  • Taste and season with salt & pepper as needed (there’s a lot of cabbage so I used a fair amount of salt). Serve immediately. 


  • You can use smoked paprika or hot paprika if you prefer. 


Calories: 256kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 199mg, Potassium: 856mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 590IU, Vitamin C: 87mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Thank you for the delicious recipe. I can now eat cabbage!! Made by your recipe, but added some chopped red pepper for color. Will be making again!

  2. This recipe is surprisingly delicious! I had leftover cabbage and some chicken thighs and I loosely followed this recipe. It’s amazing and I will definitely be cooking this again

  3. 5 stars
    Natasha, I made this tonight following your recipe with the exception of my addition of sweet Italian sausage along with the chicken (I didn’t have a lot of chicken). I also added some green onion for color and some mushrooms. Other than that, I seasoned just as you prescribed. It was delicious!!!! My husband loved it too and it is going in our rotation of recipes. Thank you so much for this simple and yummy dinner.

  4. 5 stars
    So yummy! I randomly came across this recipe as I was looking for cabbage recipes and I’m so have I found this one! I’m from the Czech Republic, living in CA. I wouldn’t say it’s 100% Czech recipe but it definitely brings a lot of memories having cabbage in a dish. Haha
    I also added caraway seeds and that really made it little bit more European as we always add those to cabbage dishes.
    Thank you again! This was easy and delish dish! My hubby loved it too😋

    1. So glad you guys liked it, Marketa! Yeah, I agree… I’m half Czech and this is definitely central/eastern Europe inspired vs. a specific CZ recipe. My mom always cooks with caraway seeds. 🙂

  5. Quick couple of questions. I’ve got some leftover cooked chicken and plan to use that. Do you think this will be ok. Also, what would it be served with if not trying for low carb?

    1. Hi Jackie! I’d probably add the chicken in once the cabbage has wilted a bit just so you don’t overcook it. I find this meal fairly filling (I’m not low carb either), so I’d probably just serve it with a salad or something. You could definitely eat it with potatoes or rice, though.

      1. We loved this recipe, thank you Natasha. Very easy to make. I needed to make something fast, and this recipe is. I used garlic powder and threw in 3 chopped tomatoes. Thanks again.

    1. Hi! I don’t actually add it as a part of the recipe. I just sometimes add a dollop on top once it’s cooked 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I was skeptical since there weren’t many ingredients. I will say this was very good and very quick and easy to make. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    I love Cabbage everyway except boiled to death ( ie Some all you can eat buffets I won’t name) lol can’t wait to try fhis !!!!

  8. 5 stars
    I make fried cabbage often as a side, and my family loves it – cook it in bacon grease w/salt, pepper, and a little sugar – adding bacon is optional. Anyhow, SO glad to find your recipe for a lighter meal!
    I did marinate my chicken in approximately a Tbsp of oyster sauce for additional flavor and served it over brown rice. I also goofed and grabbed the crushed red pepper instead of the paprika and didn’t realize it until approximately 2 Tbsp in so I took out most of what was covered and set it aside – hubby insisted on eating it & loved it! My daughter & I thought the rest of it was delicious with just the right amount of heat!
    Definitely a keeper! Hubby & I agreed it would taste really good with some chopped cashews or peanuts as garnish! Thank you for sharing!

    1. So glad you liked it! It’s always nice when happy accidents work out haha. I also love the sound of your fried cabbage.

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂 Such a simple dish and yet so delicious!!… Got thumbs up from all the family… Can’t just take all the credit myself!! (^_-)