Resting on a burlpa npakin atop a wood slat tabletop is Seared chicken breast on top of a bed of smoky cabbage noodles in a white bowl. In the background sit the cast iron pan with chicken and cabbage noodles.
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Seared Chicken with Smoky Cabbage Noodles

This is quick enough to put together for a different breakfast, lunch or dinner. It would be even quicker if you use a fast cooking chicken cutlet instead of chicken thighs. We just love our dark meat over here.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 -5 people
Calories: 435kcal
Author: Beth Ricci


  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (or 2 chicken breasts cut into 4 thin cutlets)
  • 2 tablespoons solid cooking fat like lard, ghee, or coconut oil
  • ½ head medium sized cabbage sliced thinly with a large knife, or with a spiralizer
  • ½ onion thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper


  • In a large skillet (about 12 inches) over medium high heat, melt the cooking fat of your choice. Season your chicken with salt and pepper, then place in the very hot pan to brown well, about 3-6 minutes per side depending on your choice of meat. Chicken thighs will take longer. It must brown well for it to release from the pan so you can flip it and brown the other side. Cook your chicken till done, about 165 degrees F tested with an instant read thermometer.
    Salted and Peppered Chicken breast cook in a cast iron pan.
  • Remove the cooked chicken to a plate and keep warm. Add your sliced onion and cabbage to the pan, and add a splash of water to help remove the delicious browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook and stir your veggies until they are softened and browning, about 6-8 minutes.
    Cabbage noodles and sliced onion cook in the meat juices leftover in the cast iron pan.
  • Add in your cumin and paprika, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve a pile of cabbage noodles with the chicken. Serves 3-5, depending on how hungry you are!
    A white bowl with a bed of cabbage noodles and a chicken breast on top.


Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 527mg | Potassium: 1147mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 56.8mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2.3mg