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Braised Southern Style Kale

Braised Southern Style Kale

This delicious southern-style side dish of braised kale is packed with delicious flavors like sweet red bell peppers, flavorful onions, and spicy jalapeños peppers. Perfect served with fried chicken!
Course Side
Cuisine Southern/ Soul Food
Keyword Braised Kale
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 2.5 lbs rainbow kale washed & cut
  • 1 cup carrot matchsticks
  • 1.5 lb smoked turkey leg wing, or tail
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapeños jared of fresh
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 cups water


  • Put the smoked turkey in a large pot, then pour in the chicken broth.
  • Cover, and boil the smoked turkey over medium high heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Add in the 2 cups of water, then start adding the kale, and stir.
  • Once all the kale is in the pot, add in the carrots, red peppers, jalapeños, onions, and garlic.
  • Stir the ingredients, then sprinkle in the sugar, seasoning salt, and black pepper.
  • Add in the apple cider vinegar, and stir.
  • Reduce the heat to low medium, and cover the pot.
  • Let simmer for 1 hour.
  • Serve and enjoy!