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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!

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. Ready in just over half an hour!
Course Main Course
Cuisine European
Keyword chicken and cabbage stir fry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 256 kcal
Author Natasha Bull


  • 2-3 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


  1. Add the olive oil and chicken to a skillet. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Turn the burner to medium-high heat and sauté for about 7 minutes (stirring fairly often), or until the chicken is just cooked through. 

  2. Take the chicken out of the pan and set aside.

  3. Add the butter and onion to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes. 

  4. 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.

  5. Stir in the garlic and paprika.

  6. Add the chicken back in, and cook until it's heated through, stirring fairly often. This should only take a few minutes. 

  7. Taste and season with salt & pepper as needed (there's a lot of cabbage so I used a fair amount of salt). Serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes

  • You can use smoked paprika or hot paprika if you prefer. 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 199mg9%
Potassium 856mg24%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 87mg105%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.