Chicken Soup with Collard Greens

This Southern-style soup, made with chicken, bacon, collard greens, sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas is a refreshing change from classic chicken noodle. It has a very subtle, smoky flavor that balances well with the collards and sweet potatoes.

Chicken Soup with Collard Greens

Chicken Soup with Collard Greens

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This easy-to-make Southern-style chicken soup is made with bacon, onion, collard greens, sweet potato, and black-eyed peas.


  • 3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lb fresh collard greens
  • 2 to 3 strips bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) low-sodium black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Trim any excess fat from the chicken thighs and cut them into 3/4-inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Slice the stems from the collard greens, halve the leaves lengthwise and layer them in stacks of 6 or 7. Roll the leaves tightly from the short end, and slice them into ribbons about 1/4-inch wide. Set aside.
  3. Add the bacon to a soup pot and cook over medium-high heat until it begins to render its fat, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken and continue sautéeing until all traces of pink are gone, 5 to 6 minutes longer.
  5. Stir in the broth, water, and black-eyed peas. Cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the collard greens and sweet potato and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Re-cover and cook until the sweet potato is tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 662mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 11gSugar: 8gProtein: 38g

Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.