Braised Swiss Chard Recipe


Chard is supercharged with fiber and nutrients—calcium, B vitamins, and beta-carotene.

Braised Swiss Chard
Photo: Danny Kim
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
8 serves

Don't let the "braised" part of this recipe title intimidate you. Braising is simply a slow-cooking stovetop technique that fills your home with rich, savory scents, and no doubt you'll soon grow to love it. For this, we braise chard leaves (along with sautéed bacon and chard stems) in chicken broth with a kick of hot sauce, making the leaves tender and flavorful. After you've triumphed with this dish, try this versatile green in our Swiss chard mac and cheese, Swiss chard with chickpeas and couscous, or Spiced lamb meatball and Swiss chard stew.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 3 bunches Swiss chard, stems sliced and leaves chopped (about 20 cups total), separated

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce

  • Kosher salt and black pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat, and then add bacon and chard stems.

  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is browned and the stems are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Gradually add chard leaves and garlic. Cook, stirring, until leaves are wilted, 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Add the broth, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until leaves are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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