• green cabbage 1 head
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp.
  • Onion 1 large, chopped
  • Red bell pepper 1, chopped
  • Kosher Salt
  • Cloves Garlic 2, minced
  • Ground cumin 2 tsp.
  • Chili powder 2 tsp.
  • cooked chicken 3 c. shredded,
  • red enchilada sauce 1 1/3 c. , divided
  • chopped cilantro 2 tbsp. , plus more for garnish
  • monterey jack 1 c. shredded
  • Shredded cheddar 1/2 c.
  • Sour cream, for drizzling

If you love enchiladas, but not the carbohydrates in them, why not try this ingenious way to use cabbage leaves to wrap around a tasty filling?

Chicken, pepper and onion make the filling, and blanched cabbage leaves contain it in neat little parcels. This is a good way to encourage your family to eat more greens!


Preheat your oven to 350F/160C fan/gas mark 4.

Fill a large pan with water, and put it on to boil. Using tongs, carefully dip each cabbage leaf in the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove, and place on a paper-towel lined dish to dry.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, and season with salt and pepper.

Cook until soft, around 5 minutes, then stir in the garlic, cumin and chili powder.

Add the shredded chicken and 1 cup of the enchilada sauce, stir until saucy.

Remove from the heat, and stir in the chopped cilantro.

Get a cabbage leaf, and place a large spoon of the chicken mixture in the middle of the leaf. Fold the short sides of the leaves in first, then roll into a cylinder. Place in a baking dish with the fold seams underneath. Do the same for each leaf until all the mixture is used.

Spoon the remaining enchilada sauce over the cabbage parcels.

Sprinkle with both cheeses.

Place in the oven to bake for around 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Garnish with cilantro and sour cream if desired, or have with quinoa, rice or cooked pearl barley.


Change the cheese types to cheeses you prefer, or to be super-healthy you can skip the cheese altogether. Have all your ingredients weighed and measured out before you start preparing the recipe – it makes things so much easier and more organized.