Braised Red Cabbage with Apples is a fantastic side dish for lowering carbs! This version is made with wine, butter, onions, bay leaf and many apples and goes well with a simple chicken breast and salsa verde.

This Braised Red Cabbage with Apples side dish is low carb, tasty and easy to make; its overall flavour is sweet and sour, and let’s face it… it doesn’t hurt the eyes to look at it. I’ve used lean meat on top, chicken breast, with a Spanish salsa verde, but it could easily be a pork tenderloin.

I always add rice, potato or pasta as sides to feel full, in other words, carbs. But lately, I’ve been trying to cut it out, and one of the best ways I’ve found was cabbage. I believe cabbage is more filling than most veggies and goes perfectly with any meat.

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

Plus, you can easily change the aromas, for example, a caraway and cider vinegar flavoured cabbage for a German-style cabbage or simple thyme, garlic braised with tomatoes and olive oil for a Mediterranean flavour, etc. I would call this one a French version; I’ve added white wine, butter, onions and lots of apples with a bay leaf. So cabbage is quite versatile and polyvalent.

Reverse Braising technique

Let’s talk for a minute… Braising usually starts by frying and then cooking slowly in liquid. For my cabbage, I do it the reverse way; I start with a moist bath and then, in the end, finish the cabbage at high heat with a touch of butter to give its taste. In other words, it’s a reversed braising. The result is fantastic!

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

I believe it helps control the liquid amount to perfection, especially if you want a dry cabbage result; cook it until all the liquid evaporates. Then, add a touch of butter and fry to give it this braised taste. Most recipes I see out there have extra sugar… I’ve lightened things up a little for this version by cutting on the butter and sugar. There is no sugar whatsoever in there except in the apples themselves.

What to Serve it with…

A lovely chicken breast oven-baked with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Just because… sometimes, simple is better. The mighty Spanish salsa verde, which tops the chicken, is the perfect kick for this dish, a garlicky-parsley olive oil concoction. Since the garlic isn’t cooked, use this sauce in small amounts to bring the whole dish to another level. You can add some extra Salsa Verde for those who love bold tastes.

Other Cabbage Dishes

Let’s make this healthy and colourful low-carb dish!

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 520
Braised red cabbage and apple is a fantastic side dish for lowering your carbs! This particular one is made with wine, butter, onions, laurel and loads of apple.

Ingredients

  • 1 red cabbage (finely sliced)
  • 2 apples (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 small onion (finely sliced)
  • 30 g butter
  • 50 ml white wine
  • 1 bay leave
  • salt and pepper

Chicken breast and salsa verde

  • 2 chicken breast
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Start with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper on the chicken breast, and cook in the oven at 180°C (350F°) for 25 minutes.
  • Add the onions, apples, bay leaf, and half the butter in a large pan, and cook for a minute at medium-high heat (soften them).
  • Add the cabbage on top, don’t mix, plus the wine, salt and pepper, and cook at medium-low heat, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover the cabbage and let it cook at medium-high heat until the liquid is almost all gone (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the other half of the butter and cook at medium-high heat for a minute or two.
  • Add the parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in the mortar or small blender, and mix until a green paste.
  • Serve half a pre-cut chicken breast on a bed of red cabbage and top with a small amount of salsa verde.
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 520kcal
Course: Acompañamiento
Cuisine: Francesa
Keyword: apple, braised, butter, red cabbage, wine sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 1091mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 2783IU | Vitamin C: 130mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Braised Red Cabbage with Apples
Amount per Serving
Calories
520
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
32
g
49
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
19
g
Cholesterol
 
88
mg
29
%
Sodium
 
240
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
1091
mg
31
%
Carbohydrates
 
31
g
10
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Protein
 
28
g
56
%
Vitamin A
 
2783
IU
56
%
Vitamin C
 
130
mg
158
%
Calcium
 
119
mg
12
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

10 Comments

  1. It looks like the salsa verde on top of this dish just brings it alive! I don’t cook cabbage very often but this sounds so tasty.

  2. I have some red cabbage at home and I was wondering what I should do with it. I think this may be it! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Love salsa verde!!! We use to cook it with beef tongue stewed and it is perfect on homemade bread! Wanna try on chicken soon!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Gloria & Emanuele (Warm Cocotte)

  4. I make one almost like yours but I use beef instead of chicken. It looks and sounds perfect. I will have to try chicken next time.

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