Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry with Miso Sauce / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman /

If Gary were ever asked what single subject cookbook he would want me to write, the topic he would choose would undoubtedly be stir-fry.

When I made this tonight Jack’s longtime friend Ben was over, and he called his mom and said that he really, really wanted to stay for dinner. Really, really. There is something about boys and stir fry, there just is. I imagine that that sounds somehow sexist.

Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry with Miso Sauce / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman /

Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry is not the most shiny or alluring recipe title on the planet.  And actually the word cabbage often seems sort of pedestrian—it is after all a cheap food, a food that people ate a lot of during hungry times (Great Potato Famine anyone?) But it’s such a great, great great food, and just because its humble doesn’t mean its not absolutely delicious.

Substitute for Napa Cabbage

If you don’t have Napa cabbage you can use another sturdier kind of cabbage, but make sure to sliver it very thinly, as you want it to soften nicely as it cooks.  There is no salt or soy sauce in this recipe because the miso paste has quite a bit of saltiness to it.

Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry with Miso Sauce / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman /

Back to cabbage for a sec.  I could eat a pot of this Simple Beer Braised Cabbage.  I don’t think I would feel so terrific afterwards , but that wouldn’t stop me.  Or this, One Pot Cod, Cabbage and Edamame – total light and healthy comfort food.

A super comforting stir fry that comes together quickly from some pretty humble ingredients.

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This gorgeous red cabbage salad, ready for the holidays.

Then there is the whole world of slaws.  Spicy Cole SlawCarrot, Cabbage and Kohlrabi Slaw with Miso DressingKohlrabi, Green Cabbage, and Broccoli Rabe Slaw. You know you can make slaw without cabbage, but it’s usually the backbone of a good coleslaw.

Ok, now back to stir fries.

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Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry with Miso Sauce

My family needs a stir-fry sometimes. Often.
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons white or light miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil divided
  • 1 ½ pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts or thighs, diced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers thinly sliced, and halved crosswise
  • 4 cups slivered or chopped Napa cabbage , or 2 cups slivered cabbage and 4 cups roughly chopped spinach
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • ½ pound hot cooked udon or lo mein noodles or linguine to serve approximately
  • Sliced scallions for garnish


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the miso, sesame oil and the broth.
  • Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat, and heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and and stir-fry in the pan until the chicken is cooked on the outside, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan, then add the ginger and garlic, and stir until fragrant. Then add the bell peppers and sauté for 2 minutes, until the peppers start to soften, then add the cabbage, spinach (if using), and jalapeno and stir to combine everything, add ¼ cup water, and cover the pan. Cook until the cabbage is wilted, about 3 minutes.  Return the chicken to the pan, add the miso sauce, and bring to a simmer, until the chicken is cooked through, and everything is well coated with the sauce about 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot, with all the sauce, over the noodles. Sprinkle with slice scallions.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 297.74kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.4g | Protein: 28.58g | Fat: 12.51g | Saturated Fat: 1.49g | Cholesterol: 72.58mg | Sodium: 748.43mg | Potassium: 674.89mg | Fiber: 2.86g | Sugar: 4.46g | Vitamin A: 1462.26IU | Vitamin C: 70.52mg | Calcium: 54.07mg | Iron: 1.02mg

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