Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Stir Fry Recipe

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4 minutes
April 24, 2023
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 the Chinese recipe only takes about 20 minutes! It is very easy to make. A dish that is worth your time in making. Serve this to your family and they will surely love it. Experience Asian culture 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, and “SLA” which means lettuce or 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. The chicken is so soft and tasty, and it is very flavorful. Also, Slaw is a type of raw chopped or shredded cabbage salad. Coleslaw, a crucial component of this Asian slaw salad, is referred to as “slaw” informally.

This Asian slaw 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. So, the recipe’s best feature is that it utilizes all of the prepared veggies that are currently sold in supermarkets, including carrots that have been grated coleslaw that has been shredded, and edamame that has been shelled. Also, this ramen-topped Chinese cabbage salad is well-liked across the country and probably hails from California. The “Chinese” in its name alludes to the seasonings that are added that have a Chinese flavor, including sesame oil. So, any time of year is a good opportunity to enjoy this somewhat sweet and flavorful Chinese coleslaw dressing and salad.

Side Dish

If your favorite season is summer since 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. With a variety of veggies, crispy toasted cashews, and a flavorful sesame dressing made with coconut aminos, fish sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger, this Asian cabbage slaw has bold, colorful textures and colors. The hardest part of making Asian coleslaw is cutting the vegetables and toasting the cashews 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.

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Easy Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Recipe

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Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Stir Fry

Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Stir Fry Recipe

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

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


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  • 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: WC Administrat@r
  • 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

What do you love about this recipe?

  • Extremely flavorful
  • Quick & simple to prepare
  • Option without oil
  • Healthy eating
  • Vegan
  • Delectable

This slaw salad is ideal for potlucks, picnics, and events because it works well as a side dish, light lunch, or dinner. Regularly prepare a batch and nibble on it all day. Even on its own, it is quite full.

Storing Tips

An airtight container should be used to store coleslaw in the refrigerator to prevent the salad from drying out or absorbing odors. So, if you store it in this manner, it should keep its quality for 3 to 4 days, or 1 to 2 days after its expiration date if you purchased it from a store.

Look what else you can do with bagged coleslaw mix!

Andi Gleeson


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!
10 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!

10 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!

10 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 ~

10 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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