Tasty Collard Greens


A classic Southern recipe for collard greens with smoked turkey for fantastic flavor. Spice things up with a dash of red chile flakes.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 5 cups chicken stock

  • 1 smoked turkey drumstick

  • 5 bunches collard greens - rinsed, trimmed and chopped

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (Optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic; gently sauté until fragrant and golden brown, about 1 minute. Pour in chicken stock and add turkey leg; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. Add collard greens and increase heat to medium-high. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until greens have cooked down, about 45 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to medium. Season with salt and pepper to taste; cover and continue to cook until greens are tender and dark green, 45 to 60 minutes.

  4. Drain greens, reserving cooking liquid. Mix in red pepper flakes if desired. Use reserved cooking liquid to reheat leftovers.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of chicken stock and smoked turkey drumstick. The actual amount of chicken stock and smoked turkey consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

142 Calories
8g Fat
11g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 142
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 689mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 51mg 254%
Calcium 213mg 16%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 354mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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