Cabbage Roll Chicken "Enchiladas"


This 5-ingredient dinner recipe uses two genius hacks to make dinner healthy and get it on the table in under an hour. First, swap in cabbage leaves for tortillas to cut the carbs and get an extra serving of vegetables. Second, use prepared ingredients--spicy refried beans and enchilada sauce--to add tons of flavor without a long ingredient list.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 12 Savoy cabbage leaves

  • 2 ½ cups shredded cooked chicken

  • 1 (15 ounce) can spicy refried beans

  • 1 ¾ cups shredded cheese, such as Monterey Jack, Cheddar or Colby-Jack, divided

  • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cabbage leaves and cook for 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pat dry.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  3. Combine chicken, refried beans and 3/4 cup cheese in a medium bowl. Coat the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with a few tablespoons enchilada sauce. Fill each cabbage leaf with about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture and roll into an enchilada. Place, seam-side down, in the baking dish (they will be snug). Drizzle with the remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup cheese.

  4. Bake until heated through and the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

    Cabbage Roll Chicken Enchiladas


To make ahead: Assemble enchiladas through Step 3. Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

347 Calories
21g Fat
18g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2 enchiladas
Calories 347
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g 49%
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Vitamin A 1350IU 27%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Folate 43mcg 11%
Sodium 759mg 33%
Calcium 302mg 23%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 32mg 8%
Potassium 238mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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