chicken sausage kale and white beans with sweet potato noodles

If the thought of spending an hour in the kitchen making dinner sends you into an emotional tailspin (who me? Dramatic?) I’ve got just the meal for you – 20 minute Chicken Sausage Sweet Potato Noodle Skillet. We are loving this simple and healthy dish that is TODDLER APPROVED, people.

Beans, greens, and all!

sweet potato noodles skillet with chicken sausage

What’s Inside

Sweet potatoes are spiralized into “noodles” then sauteed with kale, white beans, and chicken sausage. Simple, healthy, and incredibly satisfying.

Now I mentioned this dish is toddler friendly and, like I always say, if a toddler likes a dish, it’s got to be good. Lincoln loves to watch vegetables zip through my spiralizer, transforming before his eyes, and hello – I don’t care if you’re 3 or 83 – orange noodles are just FUN to eat! The fact that they’re packed with vitamins and nutrients is icing on the cake.

So what say you? Will you try this quick and healthy, spring-ready recipe? I’ll show you how!

fork twirling sweet potato noodles

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How to Make This Recipe

Start by peeling and trimming 1 large sweet potato then spiralize it using the smallest noodle blade. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I have a Paderno Spiralizer and love it! Honestly, I have so many semi-useless kitchen gadgets taking up space in my cupboards but the spiralizer is one that’s earned it’s spot. We use it all.the.time. Such an easy way to eat healthier.

Set the sweet potato noodles aside then add 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to a large, 12″ skillet over heat that’s just a touch above medium. Add 2, 3oz chicken sausage links that have sliced, then saute until browned on both sides. I like Aidells Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese sausage — it might be the best chicken sausage I’ve ever had. The cheese creates a crispy crust on the outside of each slice as it browns in the skillet. AMAZING!

slices of chicken sausage sauting in a skillet

Scoop the browned sausage onto a plate then heat 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in the skillet. Add the sweet potato noodles plus 4 cups chopped curly kale, season with salt and pepper, then saute until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth then continue to saute until the vegetables are crisp tender, another 2-4 minutes.

kale and chicken sausage sauting in a skillet

Last step is to add the browned sausage back into the skillet plus 1 cup canned cannellini beans that have been drained and rinsed. Toss to combine and heat everything up, then taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.

chicken sausage and sweet potato noodles cooking in a skillet

A sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan cheese on top would be divine but if you’re trying to keep things clean, this dish could not be more gobble-worthy as is. I hope you love it – enjoy, enjoy!

chicken sausage kale and white beans with sweet potato noodles

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Chicken Sausage Sweet Potato Noodle Skillet

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Description

Chicken Sausage Sweet Potato Noodle Skillet is a quick and healthy gluten-free dinner recipe. Ready in 20 minutes and full of protein, fiber, and vitamins!

Ingredients

serves 2-3

  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2, 3oz pre-cooked chicken sausage links, sliced (I like Aidells Roasted Garlic & Gruyere Cheese Sausages)
  • 1 large sweet potato (1lb,) peeled then spiralized using thinnest noodle blade
  • 4 cups packed chopped curly kale
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Directions

  1. Heat 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a large, 12” skillet over heat that’s just a touch above medium. Add sausages then saute until browned on both sides, and then remove to a plate.
  2. Add remaining 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil to the skillet. Once hot, add sweet potato noodles and kale, season with salt and pepper, then saute for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth then saute until noodles are al dente, another 2-4 minutes (if you like a softer sweet potato continue cooking but know that the noodles will break up a bit.)
  3. Add beans and cooked sausages back into the skillet then toss until heated through. Taste then add more salt and pepper if necessary, and then serve.

Notes

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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