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Quick & Easy Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry


This quick and easy chicken cabbage stir-fry is a great weeknight meal. It’s healthy, nutritious, gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Chicken Cabbage Stir-Fry ( Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free)

I know how much you guys love quick and easy meals, so today I am sharing my quick and easy cabbage stir fry recipe. I often make this with my pre-made stir-fry sauce, which saves me even more time, but this recipe will list all the ingredients you need to whip this up in less than 20 minutes.

Cook’s notes

Coconut aminos is a paleo and Whole30 friendly version of soy sauce made from coconut sap. Learn more about coconut aminos here. If you can’t find this sauce online or at your local health food store, you can use Tamari wheat-free sauce. Please note that Tamari is naturally brewed, gluten-free soy sauce and it’s not 100% paleo or Whole30 compliant, but it’s still a healthier version of soy sauce and I often use it cooking.

Napa cabbage is also known as Chinese cabbage or wombok. Its leaves are lighter and more tender than regular cabbage, so it cooks quickly and is lovely raw in salads. It has a milder, sweeter and less peppery flavour compared to regular white cabbage. You can often find it in the supermarkets and definitely at an Asian grocer, but regular white cabbage is absolutely fine to use as well. I like to buy a whole Napa cabbage and use up the green, outer leaves in an Asian salad and the thicker, whiter parts in a stir-fry.

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Quick & Easy Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

  • Author: Irena Macri | Eat Drink Paleo
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Main


This quick and easy chicken cabbage stir-fry is a great weeknight meal. It’s healthy, nutritious, gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly.



  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (plus a little extra added later)
  • 400 g / 0.8 lb chicken breast or thigh meat, sliced into thin strips (bite-size)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (black is fine too, but white is more Asian in flavour)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 3 cups sliced Napa cabbage (1/2 medium cabbage)
  • 250 g / 0.5 broccolini or broccoli florets (about 1012 broccolini stems)
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or 3 tablespoons Tamari sauce)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (or 2 tablespoons, lemon juice can also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a large frying pan or a wok over high heat. Once hot, add the chicken meat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes each side, then remove to a bowl with all the juices.
  2. Place the pan back over high heat and add another teaspoon of coconut oil. Add the ginger, cabbage, broccolini and carrot and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a splash of water (about 2 tablespoons), garlic, fish sauce, coconut aminos sauce, lime juice and return the chicken meat to the pan. Mix through. Cook all together for 2 more minutes, stirring frequently. Finally, drizzle with a little sesame oil and stir through. Serve while hot!

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  1. This was so good! Thank you, I am only 1 week into Whole30 and eating a lot of potatoes, and was ready for a yummy stir fry… This is it.. My husband loved it also!

  2. The only problem with this recipe is that I wanted to eat all of it. So good and fairly quick which I appreciate.

  3. This was so good! I made it exactly as the recipe directed. The only I added was a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s umami seasoning (I add that on almost everything) and some red pepper flakes for a little heat.

  4. Delicious recipe! Definitely will make again, I used soy sauce and added water chestnuts cause I love them. This came together pretty quick, I served with brown rice!

  5. This recipe is great!!!!!! I followed the directions, except for adding more chicken and I used liquid aminos (it was cheaper ?). I served it with pad Thai, brown rice noodles. My husband also loved it. I will definitely be making this again!

  6. Is there a way you could give a calorie count on a serving. I am trying to lose weight and in addition to eating healthy, I am also counting calories. I enjoyed the recipe very much.

    1. Hey Kelly, I am definitely trying to allocate some time to calculate the calories and some macros for my popular recipes You can copy/paste ingredients into something like MyFitnessCalculator in the meantime and get approximate numbers. I can tell you that this is in the low-calorie meal range :)

  7. absolutely fantastic! made a few mistakes however the end result was like there was a party in my mouth and everyone else could get stuffed it was all mine.

    Basically it’s one of the best feeds I have made for ages.

    U Bloody Beauy what a bloody rippa.

    Used rice vermicelli and may add chilli next time.

    In conclusion: I was having a feed of this meal, watching the sun set over the mountains and the sky/clouds were orange and I was drinking Asahi beer. What more could a man ask for.

  8. I loved it but I think I made a mistake. I thought I could use liquid aminos instead (I couldn’t find coconut aminos), and it was a bit too salty……

  9. I learned to cook making dishes like this, so simple & delicious! Mine never looked this good mind you. Great recipe Irena!

  10. This stir fry looks incredible! I think I could definitely eat stir fry every single day, and sometimes I do for both breakfast and lunch so I’m always looking for new recipes to try! :)

  11. This looks amazingly delicious. I never thought to add napa to anything but kimchi but now I’m inspired to add it to stir fry too.

  12. Irena, I love your recipes, they are just so fresh and colourful. Fantastic encouragement for folks just dipping their toes in a healthier lifestyle – well done!

  13. You had me at “quick and easy”! I need some of that in my life! Thanks for the great dinner idea – my kids love coconut aminos anything!

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