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asian chicken in purple cabbage cups

Asian Chicken Cups Recipe

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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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