Russian Recipe of Chicken Cabbage Rolls (aka Golubtsi)

These Russian cabbage rolls combine savory rice and chicken with fresh vegetables for the ultimate meal.

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What are you planning to do this weekend? Making incredibly delicious Russian cabbage rolls is on my to-do list. I’m rarely this excited to be in the kitchen. They require patience and a little bit of technique when it comes to wrapping the cabbage leaves. But they’re so worth it.

These are not like any other cabbage rolls you’ve had. Nope. They’re packed with so much flavor and are several stones throw away from those boring ones we’re all too familiar with. Every bite gets better and better. Just a fair warning though. If you’re serving these to guests, they’ll request these cabbage rolls over and over again. They’re so uniquely good.

And don’t even get me started on the sauce. I can sip it by the jug. 

What goes in these cabbage rolls?

Ground chicken. I like to use ground chicken thighs because thighs are full of flavor that will enhance any dish. Some people use different meats, such as ground beef or turkey are also popular choices but I love the taste of chicken in this recipe. 

Boiled white rice. It’s the perfect texture that complements the ground chicken. It brings the whole dish together.

Onions. You can’t skip this. It gives the dish a unique flavor profile.

Tomato paste. You know, for that perfectly acidic taste that you don’t get from the other ingredients.

What goes in the Stuffed Cabbage Chicken Sauce?

Chopped/grated veggies. I’ve used chopped onions, chopped bell peppers, and grated carrots. The perfect combination.

Tomato paste. Remember when we talked about acidity? The tomato paste brings acidity here too but its thickness also helps transform the ingredients from bland water to sauce.

Add your cabbage rolls to the sauce and then cook on low for an hour. Voila! You just made deliciously perfect Russian cabbage rolls. 

More stuffing than cabbage leaves? No problem. Use up every bit of your stuffing by rolling them into meatballs and plopping them into the sauce sans the cabbage leaves. No wastes here.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup white rice
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tsp + 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large cabbage head

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How to Make Chicken Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: 

  • Boil 1/4 cup of rice.
  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 pounds of ground chicken thighs.
  • Grate 1 onion into the bowl with chicken.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of tomato paste.
  • Add boiled rice to the bowl.
  • Mix together well.

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  • In a pot filled with water, boil ahead of 1 cabbage for 1 hour (make sure to carve the core out before boiling). The cabbage will be soft.
  • Carefully take each leaf from the cabbage. (If a leaf is too big, you can cut it in half.) Also, cut the harder part off.
  • In the center of each leaf add 1 Tablespoon of the meat mixture. Fold the sides and then roll the long way. Like an egg roll. Stack in a Dutch oven-pot or a regular pot. If you don’t have enough cabbage leaves, you could just make the meat into meatballs and add to the pot.

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Making the sauce: 

  • Boil water in a kettle.
  • Chop up 1 onion, grate 2 carrots, and chop 1 red bell pepper.
  • In a skillet, heat up 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  • First, sauté the onions for 2 minutes.
  • Add to the onions chopped carrots, then sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Add to the onions and carrots the red bell pepper and 2 Tablespoons of tomato paste. Sauté for another 3-4 minutes.

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  • Pour over the cabbage rolls and add boiled water from the kettle, just enough to cover everything. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to the lowest and cook for 1 hour.

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Chicken Cabbage Rolls Golubtsi

Chicken Cabbage Rolls (Golubtsi)

Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Russian
Servings 6
Calories 295 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb chicken ground
  • ¼ cup white rice cooked
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 tsp + 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large cabbage head

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 pounds of ground chicken thighs.
  • Grate 1 onion into the bowl with chicken. Add 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp tomato paste, and boiled rice to the bowl. Mix well together.
    Chicken Cabbage Rolls Golubtsi
  • In a pot filled with water, boil a head of 1 cabbage for 1 hour (make sure to carve the core out before boiling). The cabbage will be soft.
  • Carefully take each leaf from the cabbage. (If a leaf is too big, you can cut it in half.) Also, cut the harder part off.
  • In the center of each leaf add 1 Tablespoon of the meat mixture. Fold the sides and then roll the long way. Like an egg roll. Stack in a Dutch oven-pot or a regular pot. If you don’t have enough cabbage leaves, you could just make meat into meatballs and add to the pot.
    Chicken Cabbage Rolls Golubtsi

For the sauce:

  • Boil water in a kettle.
  • Chop up 1 onion, grate 2 carrots, and chop 1 red bell pepper.
  • In a pan, heat up 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  • First sauté the onions for 2 minutes.
  • Add to the onions chopped carrots, then sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Add to the onions and carrots the red bell pepper and 2 Tablespoons of tomato paste. Sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
    Chicken Cabbage Rolls Golubtsi
  • Pour over the cabbage rolls and add boiled water from the kettle, just enough to cover everything. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to the lowest and cook for 1 hour.
    Chicken Cabbage Rolls Golubtsi
  • Serve hot!
    Chicken Cabbage Rolls Golubtsi

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Cabbage Rolls (Golubtsi)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 594mg17%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4314IU86%
Vitamin C 86mg104%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword bell pepper, cabbage, carrot, chicken, dinner, green onion, lunch, main course, olive oil, rice, tomato paste
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One Comment

  1. i love this. it’s so delicious!

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