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Lazy Cabbage Roll on a serving pan

Lazy Cabbage Rolls Casserole

This lazy cabbage rolls casserole will satiate your craving for traditional cabbage rolls in a fraction of the time. Hearty and comforting!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword Cabbage Rolls Casserole, Lazy Cabbage Rolls Casserole
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 376kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin


  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 tbsp Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 lb ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp light olive oil
  • 1/2 medium cabbage
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tbsp salt adjust to taste


  • Dice the onions. In a skillet preheated with olive oil over medium, sauté them. Next, grate the carrots and add them into the skillet. Sauté the veggies until they soften. Set the veggies aside to cool at room temperature.
    onion and carrot in a pan
  • Bring two cups of water to boil with a tablespoon of the Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base. Place the rice into the water and turn the heat to low. Allow the rice to boil until it's about 80% of the way done (it's still a little firm and white). Don't worry, it will finish cooking during the final bake.
    cooked rice in a bowl
  • In a large bowl, combine the rice and veggies together. Add the ground chicken and stir to combine everything together.
    ground meat, veggies and rice
  • Using your hands, form a patty the size of your palm and place it into a preheated skillet with olive oil. Repeat until you have a skillet full of chicken patties. Fry both sides of the patties until golden brown. At this point, you can move on to the next step or freeze the patties in a ziplock bag for future use.
    shaped lazy cabbage rolls
  • Dice the onion and cabbage into small pieces. Cut the tomatoes into 1-inch cubes.
    cabbage and onion on a bowl
  • On a preheated skillet with oil, sauté the onion until softened. Add the tomatoes into the cooking onions and cook on low heat until the mixture begins to form a sauce.
    onion and tomatoes in a pan
  • Add the cabbage into the sauce and cook for about 5 minutes. Mix in the sour cream and season with salt. Set the sauce aside.
    sour cream added to the veggies in a pan
  • Place the fried patties into the bottom of a baking dish. Pour the sauce on top of them.
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Casserole in a pan
  • Bake it at 400°F for about 35 minutes. Serve the patties warm with a ladle of sauce on top and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!
    Lazy Cabbage Rolls Casserole in a pan


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 558mg | Potassium: 978mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4441IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2mg