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Southern Collard Greens Recipe w/ Smoked Turkey Legs (soul food style)

Soulful collard green simmered in chicken broth, onions and garlic!
Course collard greens, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword greens, how to make, soul food, vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Divas Can Cook


  • 1 bunch of collard greens
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 t. red pepper flakes
  • 1 fully-cooked smoked turkey leg (can also use smoked turkey wings)
  • Seasoning (optional) (salt, pepper, vinegar, hot sauce


  • Remove the collard green leaf from the steam.
  • Wash the collards several times in cold water to remove any dirt and grit. You can also use salt to help remove the grit if needed.
  • Rinse well & set aside
  • In a large pot, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the chopped onions & garlic. Saute until tender.
  • Add in the chicken broth, red pepper flakes, & the turkey leg. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for about 20-30 minutes. This helps the broth take on that delicious, smokey flavor!
  • Add in the collard greens. Simmer covered for about 45-60 minutes or until your desired tenderness is reached. You can increase the heat if needed but do not boil the collard greens. They will wilt down as they cook.
  • When done, season to your preference. In my opinion, these greens don't need a thing if your broth is very sesoned. I usually add in a few dashes of black pepper and a few drops of hot sauce!