This braised cabbage with chicken makes for such a comforting easy weeknight dinner. Packed with veggies, it’s healthy, hearty, and super satisfying.
This braised cabbage with chicken is home cooking at its finest. It’s healthy, filling, and tastes as if it came straight out of your grandmother’s kitchen. What’s better? It’s super simple to make and only requires one pot.
My mother-in-law imparted the best braised cabbage trick on me: it’s all about the butter. In this recipe, you’ll use 1/2 cup of the good stuff to cook down the dish until the cabbage is tender and the chicken is melt-in-your-mouth juicy. YUM!
While this dish is filling enough to eat all on its own, it’s easily made even more well-rounded by serving it alongside your favorite grain or starchy side dish (think: MASHED POTATOES!). Grab your favorite heavy pot and let’s get to it!
How to Make Braised Cabbage with Chicken
Making this braised cabbage dish calls for simple ingredients and few easy steps. Below, find an overview of the recipe before you dive in and make it.
- Cook the Chicken & Veggies: Trim and cut the chicken breast into equal-sized strips using a sharp knife. Sauté with a bit of butter. Add in diced mushrooms and cook until they soften. Add carrots and onions and cook until softened. Stir in the zucchini.
- Add Shredded Cabbage: Pop in the shredded cabbage and season it with salt. Add in the remaining butter and cook for 10 minutes, or until the cabbage and zucchini soften. Serve warm and enjoy!
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Tips for the Best Braised Cabbage Dish
Find a collection of our pro tips to help you braise the best cabbage with chicken dish.
- Use thinly shredded cabbage. For the best texture, use thinly shredded cabbage. You can shred cabbage using a sharp knife or by giving it a couple of pulses in a high-powered blender or food processor.
- Slice your chicken into even-sized pieces. Similarly sliced chicken strips will result in more even cooking.
- Don’t be shy with the butter. A 1/2 cup may seem like a lot, but trust and believe that it really makes this dish what it is.
- Braise at a low simmer. Braising requires low and slow heat to soften the cabbage. If you crank the heat up too high, you’ll end up sautéing the cabbage instead.
Shredded Cabbage Hack: Most grocery stores will sell pre-shredded cabbage in the product aisle. Who doesn’t love a shortcut?
Serving Braised Cabbage
Serve braised cabbage with chicken as a low-carb meal all on its own. You can also serve it over steaming white rice, quinoa, or buckwheat for a more filling lunch or dinner. If you want a more decadent meal, couple it with a heaping pile of creamy mashed potatoes and a slice of honey wheat bread.
Storing Braised Cabbage with Chicken
Store leftover braised cabbage in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. To reheat it, simply pop it in the microwave or heat it up in a skillet with a little butter. Freezing leftover braised cabbage is not recommended.
What does it mean to braise cabbage?
Braising cabbage is the process of cooking it down slowly until it turns soft and tender.
Can I substitute red cabbage for green cabbage?
You can absolutely substitute red cabbage for green cabbage. Just keep in mind it tends to be a little tougher, so you may need to adjust the cooking time. Additionally, red cabbage has a lot of pigment and will stain the other ingredients a bit.
What meat goes well with braised cabbage?
Chicken goes wonderfully with braised cabbage. However, you can use pretty much any meat that sounds good. Cabbage is extremely versatile!
Can I make braised cabbage in a slow cooker?
You can make braised cabbage in a slow cooker. Simply pop all the ingredients into the pot and set it to low for four hours.
More Tasty Cabbage Recipes
- Lazy Cabbage Rice Stew – Super simple cabbage soup
- Cabbage Salad – Easy cabbage salad
- Cabbage Roll Soup – Cabbage rolls in soup form
- One-Pan Braised Cabbage with Rice – No-mess cabbage dinner
- Cut chicken into 2-inch pieces. Place chicken into a deep pot with a tablespoon of butter. Saute until the chicken turns white.
- Add mushrooms into the pot and cook until they are softened.
- Add onions and carrots and cook until softened.
- Stir in zucchini.
- Stir shredded cabbage into the pot. Season generously with salt, add the remaining butter, and cook for about 5-10 minutes, or until all the ingredients are soft and easy to pierce with a fork.
- Serve while the dish is still hot as-is or along with your favorite side dish. Enjoy!