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Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Calories: 272
Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner with onion

This recipe ticks all the boxes—a little meaty, some dark leafy greens, and some starchy goodness. An easy one-pan sausage, kale and potato skillet that pleases everyone, from cook to clean-up crew.

A Simple, Satisfying Skillet Recipe

And just like that, summer is in the rearview mirror. We’re back to long days that begin just a little earlier—or maybe a lot earlier—than we’d like them to, back to trying to cram in a family dinner that’s a little more than a total afterthought even though we feel like there’s no time. When you don’t have much bandwidth—to cook, clean or even think very hard—this kale, sausage and potato skillet recipe will have your back.

ingredients laid out for Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner with onion lemon, oil garlic

Three Ingredients (Plus a Few More).

With three main ingredients—chicken sausage, kale, and red potatoes—there’s no fussing over a big shopping list, or worry that you forgot one of the key ingredients last time you went to the store. If your cupboard is bare, the ingredients for this easy chicken sausage and kale skillet supper could be gathered in a five minute pit stop, meaning that making this quick skillet dinner is still faster than take out. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive oil (vegetable oil works, too)
  • One head of garlic
  • An onion
  • Dried thyme
  • Chicken sausage
  • Boiled red potatoes
  • One bunch of kale
  • A lemon
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chicken sausage potatoes in a cast iron skillet
chicken sausage, potatoes and onions in a cast iron skillet

How to Cook Potatoes in a Skillet

The secret to perfectly cooked skillet red potatoes—brown and crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside—is to boil them first! You can make this quick and easy one-skillet dinner even faster by boiling the potatoes ahead of time—it’s an ideal meal prep day task.

Here’s how to make the best skillet potatoes:

  • Cut the red potatoes into uniform pieces before you boil them, so that they cook quickly and evenly.
  • Salt the water you boil them in! That way the potatoes are already pre-seasoned before they even hit the skillet.
  • When you’re ready to fry the potatoes in the skillet, let the oil get hot before you add the red potatoes to the pan.
  • Add the potatoes to the warm oil and resist the urge to stir them! Instead, let them fry in the hot oil for a while before you move them around in the pan. This allows them to develop a nice brown, crispy crust. Once you see some good browning, begin to stir them occasionally so that all sides of the potato pieces have a chance to get crispy.
Sautéed kale in a cast iron skillet
Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner with onion

This Kale, Sausage and Potato Skillet Is All of the Things—but Most of All EASY.

Loaded with curly kale, and fragrant with onion and garlic, our one-pan sausage and potato skillet recipe is both hearty and healthy. Best of all? It’s easy, too. This skillet dinner is born out of an intuitive kind of cooking, where you could almost imagine that there is no recipe—heat and ingredients and time team up, and meal just sort of flows. It doesn’t demand much of you—not many ingredients, not much time. Just simple simple simple. It’s as easy as:

  1. Brown the potatoes.
  2. Add the chicken sausage to the crispy potatoes.
  3. Next comes the onion! By now, the savory smells should have summoned your family to the kitchen. Maybe they’re even setting the table.
  4. When the onion is softened and becoming irresistibly golden, turn the heat down and stir in the garlic and kale.
  5. When the kale is wilted, dinner is served!
Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner with onion
Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner with onion

Tools You’ll Need:

  • This chicken sausage and potato skillet dinner is all about—you guessed it—the skillet! Cast iron is classic, and this one is our fave.
  • A good sharp knife is your BFF.
  • And let’s not forget the joys of a really good stir spoon.
Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner with onion

Other One-Pan Dinner Recipes We Love:

Put that skillet to work!

Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner with onion

One-Pan, No Fuss, Everyone’s Happy.

We hope that our sausage, kale and potato skillet recipe was a hit in your home. Snap a photo of your finished chicken sausage skillet dinner, and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you feed it to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Calories: 272


  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 24 oz Red potatoes, cut in half and boiled in salted water until fork tender
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp Dried thyme
  • 6 Chicken sausage links, 1" sliced
  • 1 Onion, medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 Bunch curly kale, ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 Lemon, optional


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large 15-inch skillet over medium-high heat . Add potatoes (cut side down) and cook without stirring until they begin to turn golden brown. Stir and continue cooking until all sides are crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Depending on the size of your pan, you may have to do this in a few batches. Season potatoes with salt, pepper and thyme.
  2. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and the chicken sausage to the potatoes. Cook until all sides of the sausage are crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Once crispy, add onions and cook until just tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic, stirring until fragrant, about one minute. Add the kale. Stir often and cooking until the kale is wilted, about 3 minutes.
  4. Squeeze a lemon over the top of the dish and serve.

*If the kale overcrowds the pan, remove the potato sausage mixture and sauté the kale by itself before adding everything back to the skillet.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 272
  • Protein 13 g
  • Carbohydrates 25 g
  • Total Fat 14 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg
  • sodium 373 mg
  • Total Sugars 2 g

Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner

Questions & Reviews

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  • Jay Louise

    Just wondering if you could swap for pork sausage?


  • buttword

    We made this, except we used beyond sausage. Also added some apple cider vinegar, and a little water after adding the kale to steam. It was so good!

    Oh that sounds delicious!

  • Leah Young

    How long to boil the potatoes?Thanks

    until fork tender. Meaning when you poke them with a fork, the fork easily goes in.

  • robin lewis

    Making this right now and am so excited for dinner. But I'm using a 12-in cast iron skillet. The potatoes were too crowded so I had to crisp them in batches. Same now for the sausage...What size skillet works best for this much ingredients?

    We have a 15-inch. I will add to the recipe that you may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Zoe Delaney

    Perhaps I missed this, but what is the lemon for, and when/how much is put in?

    The lemon is optional. We love to squeeze it over the top of the dish before serving! Enjoy.

  • Rebecca Rounsavill

    Easy and delicious. Everyone, including 13yo loved it. Used kielbasa instead of chicken sausage.

    This is so great, Rebecca! Happy it was enjoyed by everyone!

  • Katie H

    This was such a quick and delicious dinner. I subbed russet potatoes instead of red potatoes, because it's what I had on hand. I also subbed chicken sausage for mild ground italian sausage. The meal was simple to prepare and delicious!

    Thanks Katie! So happy you liked it!

  • Leila

    30 mins is very inaccurate, but this was tasty!

    oop! I'll have our recipe tester check that timing!

  • Joy

    I love this recipe! Have made it a few times. First time, followed it exactly and by the end the potatoes and sausage were burnt to a crisp. Now I set each item aside once it is cooked, before adding the next item, and then put it all back together at the end. Perfection. Especially with the lemon juice, which elevates everything to a whole new level.

    We know that kitchens and cook times can vary—great job adapting the recipe to your setup. We'll definitely give the recipe a look-over and see if we can find some improvements as well. Thank you!

  • L Yancey

    I made this dish with Cajun sausage and shrimp. No leftovers. It was so good. I am going to make more of these dishes.