Chicken Tacos in Cabbage "Tortillas"

Taco Tuesday goes low-carb with a tortilla made of veggies. Cabbage leaves are the perfect crispy taco shell alternative. Add your favorite taco toppings--pico de gallo, sour cream, avocado and jalapeño--and never miss the extra carbs and calories.

Prep Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 tacos


  • 1 medium head green cabbage

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into thin strips

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided

  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced

  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 jalapeño, seeded if desired, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 medium carrot, shredded

  • cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 scallion, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Slice the stem end off cabbage and discard the outermost leaves. Peel 8 leaves from the head. Blanch in the boiling water for 30 seconds. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to dry. Thinly slice enough of the remaining cabbage to get 3 cups.

  2. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, until browned and just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeño and cumin and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the chicken and any accumulated juices. Cover to keep warm.

  4. Combine the reserved sliced cabbage, carrot, cilantro and scallion in a medium bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir to combine.

  5. Divide the chicken mixture among the cabbage leaves and top with the slaw.

    two chicken tacos on a plate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
14g Fat
19g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 tacos
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 27g 53%
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Vitamin A 2954IU 59%
Vitamin C 92mg 102%
Folate 113mcg 28%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 55mg 13%
Potassium 699mg 15%

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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