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Banh Mi Cabbage Wraps

This delicious Bahn Mi recipe is a twist on the classic Vietnamese sandwich. I've used lettuce wraps instead of a baguette, but I've kept in all those lovely Vietnamese flavors - meat, pickled veggies and sauces, for the filling.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
pickling8 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, lunch, sandwich
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: banh mi, cabbage wrap, easy appetizer, slow cooker recipe
Servings: 8 wraps
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Jen Pinkston


Pickled Veggies:

  • ½ cup matchstick carrots
  • ½ cup radish sliced
  • ½ cup cucumbers sliced and quartered
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Banh Mi Chicken:

  • 1.5 lb chicken I like to use thighs
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¾ tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • Head of cabbage both purple or green work great, pulled apart to create wraps
  • Garnish: Fresh cilantro fresh green onion


  • Make pickled veggies by combining the vinegars, water, honey and sugar in a saucepan over med-high heat. Let it boil for about a minute then pour over the carrots, radishes, and cucumbers. Let marinate in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  • In your slow cooker combine all bahn mi chicken ingredients. Set on high for 3 hours or low for 5 hours.
  • Once chicken is done, shred the meat and mix with the sauce in the slow cooker.
  • When you’re ready to assemble, drain the pickled veggies.
  • Fill your cabbage leave with the banh mi chicken, pickled veggies, fresh cilantro, green onion, and sriracha.


Note: You can double this recipe and use an entire chicken. I love to do this during busy weeks and then I have these for lunch all week.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1575IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg