Kimchi Chicken and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Kimchi Chicken and Cabbage Stir-Fry

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Notes: To cut the chicken into 1/4-inch strips, cut chicken into 1/4-inch slices, then cut each slice into 1/4-inch strips. This shape ensures minimum cooking time and maximum flavor. Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage. It can be found, along with chili sauce, in the refrigerated section of your local Asian market. The amount of chili sauce and optional fish sauce will depend on the strength of your kimchi. Season to taste. The longer the dish sits, the more liquid will collect at the bottom from the weeping cabbage. It's best to serve immediately.

About the author: Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of the new cookbook One Bowl Baking: Simple From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts (Running Press, October 2013), also available at Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell's, and The Book Depository. Watch her culinary stylings on the America's Test Kitchen television show. Follow her Chocoholic, Chicken Dinners, Singapore Stories and Let Them Eat Cake columns on Serious Eats. Follow Yvonne on Twitter as she explores Singapore.

  • Yield:Serves 4 to 6
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:10 minutes
  • Rated:


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin 1/4-inch strips (see note above)
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • Table salt
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 cups kimchi, drained (see note above)
  • 12 ounce head napa cabbage, horizontally sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons gochujang or other chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (optional, season to taste)
  • Rice, for serving


  1. 1.

    Toss chicken with sesame oil, sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon salt, and soy sauce; set aside. Heat vegetable oil in wok or large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add kimchi and heat until hot. Add chicken and cook until almost cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. 2.

    Add cabbage and cook until cabbage is just beginning to wilt, about 1 more minute. Season to taste with chili sauce and fish sauce. Serve immediately with rice (see note).