Steaming chicken between layers of cabbage with onions, garlic, tomatoes and bacon makes this chicken stew easy and delicious!

Easy Cabbage & Chicken Stew

With big juicy chunks of chicken and melt-in-your-mouth sweet cabbage in a garlicky bacon-enriched white wine broth, this soul-warming Cabbage and Chicken Stew is the perfect one-pot meal for a wintry weeknight meal.
Course Entree, Soups & Stews
Cuisine American
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 465 kcal


  • 490 grams boneless skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 100 grams bacon (chopped)
  • 16 grams garlic (4 large cloves, chopped)
  • 170 grams onion (1 small onion, sliced)
  • 360 grams tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 juniper berries (optional)
  • 450 grams cabbage (~1/2 head)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine


  1. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and sprinkle evenly with the salt and pepper. Set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
    Chicken thighs cut into pieces and sprinkled with salt and pepper for chicken stew.
  2. Put the bacon in a dutch oven over medium heat and fry until some fat begins to render out (you do not need to crisp the bacon).
  3. Add the garlic and onions and saute until the onions are soft and the garlic starts to brown.
    Onions, bacon and garlic, caramelized in a green dutch oven for making chicken stew.
  4. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, and juniper berries and stir to distribute evenly.
  5. Add half the cabbage in a flat layer.
    Pieces of cabbage in a green dutch oven.
  6. Add the chicken in a single layer.
    Salt and pepper seasoned chicken thighs on a bed of cabbage in a green dutch oven for making chicken stew.
  7. Top with the remaining cabbage and drizzle the wine over the cabbage.
    White wine being added to a green dutch oven full of cabbage for making chicken stew.
  8. Cover securely with a lid and bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Gently simmer until the chicken is tender (about 20 minutes).
    Green dutch oven covered with a lid on a a grey stove.
  9. Remove the lid and stir to evenly distribute all the components, taste it and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve the chicken stew with crusty bread.
    Cabbage and chicken stew in a green dutch oven on a grey stove.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cabbage & Chicken Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 465 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 579mg25%
Potassium 804mg23%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 955IU19%
Vitamin C 57.9mg70%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.