Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Stir Fry Recipe

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6 minutes
June 13, 2024
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

Looking for a perfect weeknight dinner? Try this Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Stir Fry! A perfect treat for a perfect night. I love bagged shredded cabbage, both in recipes and as a substitute for shredded lettuce. Cabbage is full of vitamins, and having it ready to use makes my life so easy! This simple, tasty recipe is quick to make. You can have dinner on the table in the time it takes you to make the rice. For a shortcut, you can use the steam-in-bag frozen rice, in which case this coleslaw based stir fry recipe only takes about 20 minutes! It is very easy to make. A dish that is worth your time to make. Serve this to your family, and they will surely love it—experience Asian-inspired cuisine by having a taste of this delicious dish.

Chinese Chicken Cole Slaw Stir Fry

This Chinese stir fry reminds me of Chicken Mu Shu, except I served it over rice instead of with Chinese pancakes. So, if you are looking for a low-carb recipe, it would be just as good on its own without the rice at all. However you serve it, I’m sure you will enjoy this flavorful, easy Asian Chicken Coleslaw recipe!

Chinese Chicken Coleslaw

The Dutch term “koolsla,” which means cabbage salad, is where the word “coleslaw” originates. So, the Dutch in New York introduced the word to English in the late 1700s. Since then, it has become a staple side dish at practically all American picnics and barbecues. Coeslaw is a type of raw chopped or shredded cabbage salad and is often referred to as “slaw” for short. Coleslaw, a crucial component of this Asian stir fry.

This Asian slaw stir fry is a delicious and nutritious way to get your daily dose of vegetables. Please don’t be put off by the rather lengthy ingredient list. This recipe’s best feature is that it utilizes prepared coleslaw mix that is always available in supermarkets. These prepared coleslaw mixes are ususally made up of shredded carrot, red cabbage and green cabbage. By using this coleslaw mix as the vegetable base your are able to save a lot of prep time and also ensure your stir fry is loaded with healthy vegetables.

Chicken Stir Fry Modifications, Tips and Tricks

When making this simple stir fry recipe there are some great ways to enhance the dish and make it even better. The goal was to have the base recipe be very simple and very tasty. If you want to take this dish to the next level try some of these modifications.

  • Sauce Changes: you can easily tweak this sauce based on your flavor preferences.
    • You can add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter along with the hoisin to make a peanut sauce.
    • You can add 1 tablespoon of honey if you and your family like sweeter sauces.
  • Vegetable Additions: if you want to add a little more vegetables, you can add some small broccoli florets, snow peas, or sliced red pepper to the stir fry.
  • Add some toppings: I love adding more toppings to my stir fry for extra flavor and texture. My favorites are:
    • Chopped roasted peanuts, cashews, or almonds
    • Crispy fried shallots or onions
    • Chopped cilantro, mint, or basil, and a squeeze of fresh lime will give the stir fry a Thai twist.
  • Switch up the protein: You can substitute the chicken with shrimp, beef, pork, or tofu. You can also leave it out altogether and add extra vegetables for a great vegan dinner.
  • Use noodles instead of rice: You can make this dish into a lo mein noodle stir fry by using lo mein noodles (or even spaghetti) instead of rice.

Easy Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Recipe

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Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Stir Fry

Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Stir Fry Recipe

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This simple chicken and cabbage stir fry is a healthy, quick dinner!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tsp. soy sauce divided
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1 tsp. ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed (or substitute 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha hot sauce optional
  • 16 oz. shredded cabbage coleslaw mix
  • 2 c. cooked rice


  1. Heat sesame and olive oils in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and 1 tsp. soy sauce, and saute until chicken is cooked through.
  2. Stir in green onions, ginger, garlic, hoisin sauce, sriracha, and remaining 2 tsp. soy sauce, and cook 3 more minutes.
  3. Stir in coleslaw, and saute until heated through, 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately over hot rice. (Cabbage can overcook quickly, so remove from heat and serve as soon as it’s done to you liking.)
  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Dinner, Poultry, Rice Bowls
  • Cuisine: Asian

Nutrition Information

Per serving:

Calories183 kcalCarbohydrates8 g
Protein23 gFat6 g
Saturated FatCholesterol157 mg
Phosphorus236 mgSodium199 mg
Potassium456 mgFiber2.2 g

Why I love this recipe

  • Extremely flavorful, this recipe uses soy sauce, hoisin, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil, which give the dish great flavor but still allow the cabbage flavor from the coleslaw mix to come through.
  • Quick and simple to prepare—This recipe requires almost no prep, and it is made very fast and easy by using packaged coleslaw mix.
  • Healthy Recipe – cabbage is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. By using coleslaw mix as the base this recipe is filled with healthy vegetables.
  • Versatile and Adaptable – you can easily change this recipe based on what you have on hand. It is great for using up leftover vegetables, frozen vegetables and any proteins you have in your fridge or freezer.

This coleslaw stir fry is ideal for potlucks, picnics, and events because it works well as a light lunch, or dinner.

Storing Tips

An airtight container should be used to store this stir fry in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. It is a great dish as leftovers for lunch. If you store it in this manner, it should keep its quality for 3 to 4 days.

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Side Dish

If your favorite season is summer this recipe goes so well with the sweet, smoky smells of grilled food and BBQ. Consider serving it alongside my smoked salmon, smoked pork loin, or sweet and sticky grilled chicken. Even though stir fry is often considered an entree it can also be served as a side dish, particularly if you make it vegetarian and serve it with noodles instead of rice. Then it is really like a warm noodle salad. With a variety of veggies, and a flavorful sauce/dressing made with hoisin, garlic and giner, this Chinese cabbage slaw stir fry has bold, colorful textures and colors. There is no hard part to this recipe because it comes together so quickly and simply. All that’s left to do is blend everything and let the flavors mingle. It’s a tasty and crunchy method to easily include a lot of beneficial vitamins in your diet.

Look what else you can do with bagged coleslaw mix!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Alex P.
2 years ago

Thank you weary chef! I made this tasty dish tonight and loooooved it! I adjusted the recipe and used shrimp instead of chicken because I’m on weight watchers and shrimp are way less points!! And I also went heavy on the ginger and Sriracha because I love spice. Tasty tasty AND low points! Win win!!

ariana hernandez
4 years ago

A-Ma-Zing. I just did it. Best thing ever. I plan on doing this regularly from now on. Absolutely delicious!

4 years ago

We Just tried this with ground chicken and it was amazing too!

5 years ago

This is SO GOOD. I now make it on a regular basis in my house – over rice for my teenager, and over cauliflower rice for my husband and myself. I usually increase the coleslaw, and use both a small bag of broccoli slaw and about half a bag of coleslaw. I also increase the fresh grated ginger to about a tablespoon, and my family absolutely loves this meal. So easy, so healthy, so delicious. Thanks for a winner that makes me look like a superstar in the kitchen!

6 years ago

Made this recipe tonight and it was a hit! I just wanted to confirm that it should be 1.6 oz of coleslaw instead of 16! I used a bag of coleslaw and found it was a good amount :)

ariana hernandez
4 years ago

no, the full 16. i used an even bigger bag, as it shrinks. so yummy!

8 years ago

Just made this tonight. Hubby and I loved!! Only adjustments I made were half the chicken, added some broccoli slaw to the cabbage slaw, sliced up some bell pepper and regular onion. What a versatile recipe because you can add shredded carrots, celery, pretty much whatever. This first time I made it without serving over rice or other carbs and you’re right, it can stand alone easily. But I wouldn’t hesitate to serve it over rice or noodles next time. Definitely keeping this in my stir-fry rotation. Thanks so much. :-)
~Mo K.

Andi @ The Weary Chef
8 years ago

We were on the same wavelength because I made this recipe the very same night! We ate it without rice this time. I was sure I would starve, but it was plenty filling and satisfying! Glad you liked it too :)

Frieda Ryan
10 years ago

I use a lot of bagged salad for coleslaw, but always have too much. I came across this recipe and decided to try it to finish off a bag of slaw. I love it and it is my go too for a quick meal.

10 years ago

I’m so glad to hear it, Frieda! This is one of those recipes that isn’t super flashy, so it didn’t get much attention. I love it for a quick and easy meal, and I’m happy that someone else does too :) Thank you!

10 years ago

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10 years ago

Hi. I use and recommend Siteground. Thanks!

10 years ago

Thank you. I love this chicken coleslaw recipe. Have a Wonderful Weekend!

10 years ago

Thank you, Liz! I really like this one too. I hope you have a great week!

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!
11 years ago

I love that this recipe calls for the shredded cabbage…I always see it in the store and I want to use it for recipes so new ideas are always welcome! This looks delicious! Pinning!

11 years ago

Hi, Kristin! I really love using bagged cabbage. I hope you get a chance to try the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by!

11 years ago

This looks really good an I can’t wait to try it! I just can’t call it what you call it because my husband is convinced that he doesn’t like coleslaw regardless of the country it comes from. The funny thing about that is that he loves cabbage and brussel sprouts…so I just change the name to Chinese Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry… ;)
Pinning it now! Thank you so much for sharing this on today’s Daily Blog Boost!
~ Brooke ~

11 years ago

Hi, Brooke! I’m so sorry for just now replying. I can understand liking cabbage but not coleslaw. I almost called this recipe Cabbage Stir Fry instead since it’s not like it has mayo in it! I hope you get a chance to change the name and give it a try :) Thanks so much for coming over!

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