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Southern Style Collard Greens

collard greens with smoked turkey

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Collard greens are nutritious and hearty. These perfectly seasoned collard greens with smoked turkey recipe is cooked in turkey broth with shredded turkey meat mixed in.

Cooking the collard greens in a smoked turkey broth deepens and elevates the flavors.

collard greens with smoked turkey

Kickin’ Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey – Tender and Flavorful Every Time

These greens and the turkey meat are tender, moist, and delicious. The dish comes together in one pot and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry.

This is a perfect dish to accompany a Thanksgiving feast!

Collard Greens with Turkey Ingredients

You only need a handful of ingredients to make collard greens with smoked turkey.

Here’s what you should buy:

– Collards

– Smoked Turkey Wings

– Seasoning Salt

– Black Pepper

– Apple Cider Vinegar

– Sugar

– Chicken bouillon

– Butter

The best part is you probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already.

How to Prepare Your Collard Greens

The majority of the work required to make this recipe is in the preparation of the collard greens before cooking. Preparing collard greens is really simple.

Here’s what you need to do:

-Rinse your collard greens really well

-Dry your collard greens

-Trim and de-stem the greens

-Chop up the collard greens into 1-inch pieces

That’s it! It’s only a few easy steps to prepare collard greens for this recipe.

How to Make Kickin’ Collard Greens with Turkey

This recipe is incredibly easy to make. There are only a few simple steps that you need to follow. Here’s how to cook kickin’ collard greens with turkey:

Make a smoked turkey broth by adding your smoked turkey wings to a pot of water

Remove turkey wings when they are tender

Add your seasonings

Add the greens to the broth in three batches

Remove turkey meat from the bones and add them back into the pot

About one and a half hours later, the collard greens and turkey will be ready for you to enjoy.

collard greens with smoked turkey


How to Know If Turkey Wings are Cooked

When you are making your turkey broth, here’s how you’ll know the turkey wings are broth are ready:

The turkey wing meat will be tender and fall off the bone

If you have a meat thermometer handy, the internal temperature of the turkey wings should reach 165°F as per the USDA’s recommendations

Once the turkey wings are cooked, you can remove the wings and add your collard greens to the broth.

How Long It Takes to Cook Collard Greens

There are a few key indicators to look out for when checking if the collard greens are cooked:

The collard greens will take about 1.5 hours to cook in the turkey wing broth

The collard greens will turn dark green when they are cooked

They will also be fork tender

You can’t really overcook collard greens, but undercooked collard greens are tough and gritty

Once your dish is ready, enjoy your kickin’ collard greens with turkey as a delicious Thanksgiving side.

How to Keep Southern Collard Greens Fresh

If you’ve found that your collard greens wilt quickly, here are some tricks to keep them fresh for when you’re ready to cook:

Do not wash them before you refrigerate them as this increases the risk of wilting

Wrap them in paper towels to capture any moisture

Place them in a plastic bag and keep it open to allow moisture to evaporate

Use within 5 to 7 days

Wait to wash your collard greens right before you cook with them

It’s that simple to keep them fresh. If you follow these steps, you’ll never have wilted collard greens again!

How to Freeze Collard Greens

If you bought a lot of collard greens and you won’t use them within 5 to 7 days, you can freeze them.

Here’s how:

Wash your collard greens

Blanche the collard greens in boiling water for less than 1 minute

Drop them into a bowl of ice and water

Remove from water and pat dry

Squeeze any excess water to avoid crystallization in the freezer

Freeze your desired portions into airtight plastic bags

Use within 1 year!

Pro tip: Label your plastic bags with an expiration date so you know how much time you’ve got left to cook with the collard greens.

collard greens with smoked turkey

Serving Collard Greens with Turkey

Collard Greens with Turkey is a perfect side dish to incorporate into your Thanksgiving feast.

Serve these Soul Food Greens with:

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

-Mashed Potatoes

-Sweet Potato Casserole

-Mac and Cheese

-Green Bean Casserole

-Fried Chicken

This Collard greens with turkey are so delicious, hearty, and nutritious. You can also enjoy them any time of the year – not just Thanksgiving. Add a starch and maybe a little extra protein, and you’re good to go!

How to Store Collard Greens with Turkey

If you’re making your kickin’ collard greens with turkey ahead of time, or you end up with leftovers, here’s how you can store it:

Let the collard greens cool to room temperature

Do not let them sit out for more than 2 hours after you have cooked them

Pack the collard greens with turkey up into an airtight container

Keep the dish in the fridge for up to 3 days

A lot of people say collard greens actually taste better the next day because the flavors have more time to develop. This dish is a perfect candidate for a make-ahead Thanksgiving dish!

Reheating collard greens with turkey is simple. Here are a couple of options:

Reheat in the microwave for a few minutes in a heatproof dish

Reheat on the stove top with a splash of water or broth

One quick note on reheating to keep in mind is that you should not reheat more than you plan to eat, as it is not safe to reheat a dish more than once.

This Southern style collard greens with smoked turkey legs is an excellent accompaniment for your Thanksgiving feast. This dish is guaranteed to please you and your family!

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collard greens with smoked turkey

collard greens with smoked turkey

Southern Style Collard Greens

This perfectly seasoned collard greens recipe with smoked turkey is cooked in turkey broth with shredded turkey meat mixed in.
5 from 10 votes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 4 kcal


  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 large turkey wings 1.5 lbs
  • Collard greens cleaned and cut in ½ inch pieces, (2.5 lbs), (4 bunches)
  • 1 tablespoon of seasoning salt
  • ½ tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of butter


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, add water and smoked turkey wings. Let the turkey wing boil until it starts to fall off the bone, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Remove turkey wings and remove meat from the bone. Set aside.
  • Slow add collard greens to the pot. Once greens are in the pot, add seasoning salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, sugar, chicken bouillon powder, and butter.
  • Stir everything together. Add the turkey meat back in and stir. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let simmer.
  • Cook the collard greens for about an hour, or until it reaches your preferred tenderness.


Calories: 4kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1168mgPotassium: 7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword collard greens, collard greens recipes, collard greens with smoked turkey, collard greens with turkey, kickin collard greens, seasoned collard greens
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  • Reply Victoria 2021/10/06 at 10:45 pm

    Can’t wait to try! Haven’t made greens since I was a teen.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/10/08 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you. Let me know when you do.

  • Reply Shondell 2021/10/07 at 6:02 pm

    This looks Amazing, Im going to ry it myself.

  • Reply Andrea 2021/10/13 at 4:41 pm

    5 stars
    These collards sound fabulous! I love the smoked in Turkey in them. It’s a nice change from ham.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/10/13 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • Reply Jamie 2021/10/13 at 6:20 pm

    5 stars
    I love the addition of the smoked turkey with these collard greens. It adds so much flavor!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/10/13 at 10:45 pm

      Yes, I love smoked turkey in greens.

  • Reply Anjali 2021/10/13 at 6:51 pm

    5 stars
    I love collard greens, and can’t wait to try your version! It looks like the perfect side dish for our dinner this evening!

  • Reply Matt 2021/10/13 at 11:25 pm

    5 stars
    Love me some collard greens. This recipe is just as good as from restaurants. Thanks!

  • Reply Mahy 2021/11/25 at 10:54 am

    5 stars
    I love making collard greens but I think the recipe I’ve been using is a lot harder than this one. Definitely need to try yours!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/11/28 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you. I definitely like to make cooking easy.

  • Reply Cathleen 2021/11/25 at 11:42 am

    5 stars
    Can you believe that I have never tried collard greens before?? This needs to change because this sounds so good! Bookmarked to make over the weekend 🙂

    • Reply Dionne 2021/11/28 at 8:07 pm

      Oh wow! Let me know when you try them.

  • Reply Kitchen MA 2021/11/25 at 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    Oh I love cooked greens! Here in Italy we have so many dishes with greens but my favorite is one called “cicoria alla romana”, have you tried? 🙂

  • Reply Julie 2021/11/25 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    Oh do these collard greens sound marvelous. Loving the addition of the smoked turkey.

  • Reply Tavo 2021/11/25 at 1:58 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy way to eat your greens! Thanks for the recipe!

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