My family loves the taste of the classic Cabbage Rolls, a traditional Eastern European dish that is delicious but labor-intensive. I do make them on occasion, but this Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Meatballs version is so much faster and easier with the same great taste that we all love!


Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls served

You can make Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Meatballs with ground beef, pork, or ground chicken as we prefer.

I did not add the rice to the meatballs in order to cut down on the calories, but if you like you can add cooked rice to the mix.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls inside

How to make Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Meatballs

  • In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the Chicken Meatballs. Wet your hands and shape the meatballs. Place on the foil or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

Chicken meatballs

  • Bake in the preheated at 400F oven for 20 – 25 minutes, depending on your oven and the size of your meatballs.

Chicken meatballs baked

Chicken meatballs baked closeup

While meatballs are baking prepare cabbage.

  • In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and cook until onion softens 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in red cabbage and saute for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender and begins to brown.
  • Add 1/2 cup Chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Braised cabbage

Prepare the sauce.

  • In a medium-size saucepan prepare the creamy tomato sauce.
  • Add pasta sauce and chicken broth. Bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and add sour cream mixed in with corn starch.
  • Add fresh dill and stir together.
  • Serve warm on top of your cabbage and meatballs.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls sauce

We love Daisy brand sour cream! Always creamy and fresh. I use it to thicken and flavor sauces and gravy. It doesn’t water down like other sour creams after you open it. And it has great taste!

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Daisy Sour Cream

Serve Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Meatballs with extra sauce since you will LOVE IT!

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls served

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Meatballs

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Meatballs same great taste with less work.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Meatballs:
  • 2 pounds Ground Chicken
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Italian Style Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. Sour Cream
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ---
  • Creamy Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 Large Jar (23 oz) of your favorite Pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 (8 oz) Daisy Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch or Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Dill, minced
  • ---
  • Cabbage:
  • 1 Head Cabbage (red or green), cored, quartered, and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth
  • salt/pepper

Instructions

  1. In a Large bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the Meatballs.
  2. Wet your hands and shape the meatballs.
  3. Place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated at 400F oven for 20 - 30 minutes.
  5. Time depends on your oven and the size of your meatballs.
  6. Meanwhile prepare the Cabbage.
  7. In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  8. Add onion and cook until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes.
  9. Stir in red cabbage and saute for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender and begins to brown.
  10. Add 1/2 cup Chicken broth.
  11. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  12. Cook until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally.
  13. Season to taste with salt, pepper.
  14. In a medium size saucepan prepare the Creamy Tomato Sauce.
  15. Add pasta sauce and chicken broth.
  16. Bring to boil.
  17. Reduce heat to simmer and add sour cream mixed in with corn starch.
  18. Add fresh dill and stir together.
  19. Serve warm on top of your cabbage and meatballs.
  20. Enjoy!

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