Chicken and Cabbage Simmered in Tomato Sauce

Chicken and Cabbage Simmered in Tomato Sauce

Cut up the ingredients, brown the chicken, and then just cook everything together in one pot.

Ingredients: one medium-sized pot's worth

1/2 to 2/3 of a whole cabbage
Chicken thighs
2 pieces (about 500 g)
● Sake for cooking
2 tablespoons
● Salt and pepper
to taste
White flour
as needed
○ Canned tomato (or cut up tomato)
1 can (400 g)
○ Water
200-300 ml
○ Soup stock cubes
○ Bay leaf
1/2 to 1 teaspoon
Honey (or mirin)
1 tablespoon
◎ Soy sauce
a bit less than 1 teaspoon
◎ Pepper
to taste
Melting type cheese
to taste


1. Wash the cabbage well and cut up roughly into fairly large pieces, and leave to dry in a sieve or colander.
2. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces (about the size you'd use for karaage), and season with the ingredients marked ● (sake, salt and pepper).
3. Put the cabbage and the ingredients marked ○ (tomato, water, soup stock and bay leaf) in a pot, put a lid on and heat. (If you're using canned whole tomatoes, crush the tomatoes before putting them in.)
4. While the pot is simmering, dust the chicken with with flour, shake off any excess and brown on both sides in a frying pan with oil (not listed in the ingredients)., then take out.
5. When the pot from step 3 is boiling and the cabbage has reduced a bit in volume, add the browned chicken from 4 and the salt and honey. Turn the heat down and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
6. When the cabbage is soft, add the ingredients marked ◎ (soy sauce and pepper) and adjust the seasoning. Scatter the cheese on top and let it melt with the residual heat.
7. Transfer to serving plates and it's done. This is easily enough for 4 to 6 people.

Story Behind this Recipe

I had a lot of cabbage that I'd bought or gotten from people to use up so I came up with this recipe. Since then it's become a family favorite.