Slow-Cooker Chicken Sausage with Cabbage & Apples

The cabbage comes out tender without being mushy and gives the slow-cooker chicken sausage a slightly sweet flavor. A splash of vinegar at the end perks up the whole meal with a bit of acidic brightness. There are several varieties of smoked chicken sausage from which you can choose. We recommend using an apple-flavored smoked sausage to complement the apples and vinegar.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 medium head green cabbage, cored and cut into 16 wedges (about 2 pounds)

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges (about 20 ounces)

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 (13 ounce) package smoked chicken sausage, cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, plus more for serving

  • ¼ cup unsalted chicken stock

  • 1 bunch Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. Toss together the cabbage, apples, salt, paprika, pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 6 hours.

  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the sausage, and cook, turning to brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; add 3 tablespoons of the vinegar. Return to the heat, and cook until most of the liquid evaporates, about 30 seconds. Add the stock to the skillet; bring to a boil, scraping to loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Spoon over the vegetable mixture in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH until the flavors come together, about 1 hour. Garnish with the fresh parsley leaves, if desired, and serve with a splash of apple cider vinegar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

250 Calories
11g Fat
25g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 4 to 5 sausage slices [about 2/3 cup], 1 1/2 cups vegetables
Calories 250
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 605mg 26%

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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