Asian Chicken Cups Recipe

By Rena |

Make this Asian Chicken Cups recipe and it will be the new favorite recipe in your house. They are low in carb, easy to make, tasty, quick healthy dinner recipe. If you love PF Changs Chicken lettuce wraps then this is a must-try!

asian ground chicken in cabbage cups, top view garnished with sliced green onions

Some would describe this meal as being heavenly! The way the juices and chicken mix together, it seriously doesn’t get much better than this. The next time you’re looking for something quick to make for dinner, make this Asian Chicken recipe and skip the carryout! Get the whole family loving Asian food and you don’t even have to leave your comfortable house to get it.

If you’re on the hunt for more light and delicious chicken recipes, why not try my Easy Avocado Chicken Salad or my Grilled Chicken with Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa!

why this is so good

  • A heavenly filling! The Asian chicken is so addictively good! Ground chicken perfectly seasoned with soy and ginger – delicious!
  • Easy to make. Like really easy! This is whipped up in 15 mins from the pantry to the table.
  • A light but filling. The fresh cabbage provides a light crunch to this delectable dish, it feels light but still hearty enough to satisfy.

 

ingredients

  • Ground Chicken: Or you can use ground turkey.
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic: Freshly minced for the best flavor!
  • Onion: Finely diced.
  • Sliced Green Onions: You can also include cilantro.
  • Sauces: Hoisin sauce and soy sauce.
  • Water Chestnuts: Drained and diced.
  • Cabbage Leaves: Purple cabbage adds such a gorgeous pop of color.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sesame Seeds

 

how to mAKE THESE ASIAN CHICKEN CUPS

  • Prep the pan: Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Cook the chicken: In a pan cook, the chicken adds onions and season with salt and pepper. Then mix in garlic, ginger, cook for 30 seconds then stir in the soy and hoisin sauces. Finally, add the chestnuts and cook for a further 1 min.
  • Make the cups: Spoon the filling into the cabbage leaves, season and garnish

side view of easy asian chicken filling in purple cabbage

Is Cabbage good for hair growth?

Like most other vegetables, cabbage is high in Vitamin A which is an antioxidant that helps in hair growth. I used cabbage for this Asian chicken recipe not to get my hair to grow longer but to switch things up from using regular lettuce for this recipe.

Is purple cabbage better for you than green?

Even though both cabbages are good for you, purple cabbage actually has about double the amount of vitamin C compared to the green cabbage. Did you know that red cabbage actually has more vitamin C than oranges? Won’t you just love eating this Asian Chicken recipe and get your daily dose of Vitamin C?

GROUND CHICKEN CUPS

Ground chicken is the perfect meat to use for the filling. This is one place where the relatively light and mild flavor of chicken is a boon — any other meat could make this dish too rich. The texture of ground chicken (or turkey) in this dish is perfect, just the right level of crispy and chewy, though you could mince some chicken breasts or thighs if you’d prefer.

What to serve with these cups

These Asian chicken cups are great on their own. However, you can serve these Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps over noodles or rice, or with a side of rice, it can be less messy and much easier for kids to eat with a spoon than wrapped in a piece of lettuce, but not as much fun! Either way, it’s delicious!

purple cabbage cups with asian chicken in them

Recipe Notes and tips

  • Use a Wok, Sauté pan, or a cast-iron skillet. A wok is obviously great for Asian dishes, but you don’t have to use one.
  • Dice the vegetables very small. This is one of the keys to making sure every bite is bursting with both texture and flavor
  • Brown the chicken. Making sure the chicken is nice and crispy and brown is essential to the overall flavor and texture of this dish!
  • You can spice this up a bit by adding jalapenos.

close up of chicken wrap

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asian chicken in purple cabbage cups

Asian Chicken Cups Recipe

Seasoned ground chicken served in cabbage leaves.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken or ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 8 oz can of water chestnuts drained and diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions and/or chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 8 purple cabbage leaves

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the ground chicken and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, approximately 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the garlic and ginger to the pan; cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Stir in the hoisin sauce, soy sauce and water chestnuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 more minute.
  • Season the mixture to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon into cabbage leaves and sprinkle with green onions, cilantro, and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use a Wok, Sauté pan, or a cast-iron skillet. A wok is obviously great for Asian dishes, but you don't have to use one.
  • Dice the vegetables very small. This is one of the keys to making sure every bite is bursting with both texture and flavor
  • Brown the chicken. Making sure the chicken is nice and crispy and brown is essential to the overall flavor and texture of this dish!
  • You can spice this up a bit by adding jalapenos.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 774mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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