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Chicken Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Skillet

4.82 from 22 votes

What’s Inside: A delicious, crowd-pleasing skillet meal made with chicken sausage, broccoli rabe, and potatoes! Plus, the best tips to make sure that broccoli rabe (rapini) is NOT bitter. It’s jam-packed with flavor and makes a great meal prep option, too. Enjoy this while eating Paleo and Whole30.

Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Skillet (Paleo, Whole30) via Food by Mars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Such a great, filling dinner! I loved all the flavors of the chicken sausage, potatoes, and broccoli. It was the perfect comfort meal and I can’t wait to make it again!” – Luci

Cooking Broccoli Rabe doesn’t have to be hard (or bitter)

Repeat after me: NO MORE BITTER BROCCOLI RABE (RAPINI). I have a full-proof way to make sure it is tender and tasty, so go ahead and file this under: “how to cook broccoli rabe less bitter” which is quite a popular search term on the Googs, turns out… everyone loves it but only when it’s done properly. Enter this tasty dish which is going to move to the top of your (almost) one-skillet meals list, in fact, you might want to just plan for a double batch ahead of time so you can eat it every single day this week. Couple it with crispy potatoes and chicken sausage… winner, winner, chicken dinner.

You’re welcome.

Follow this recipe for delicious rapini mixed with crispy potatoes and juicy chicken sausage. This one has it all, you guys. Oh and hey, want to make your own chicken sausage from scratch? It’s easier than you think. Here’s an awesome tutorial!

Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Skillet (Paleo, Whole30) via Food by Mars

Is white potato “Paleo”?

Technically, there can be two schools of thought on that one! So if you’re off white potatoes or nightshades, just swap with sweet potato!

More Healthy Paleo, Whole30 Meals:

Paleo Paella (Whole30, low-carb)

Paleo Moussaka (Dairy-free, Whole30)

Paleo Cabbage Rolls & Dim Sum Style (AIP-friendly, Whole30)

Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Skillet (Paleo, Whole30) via Food by Mars

Chicken Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Skillet

4.82 from 22 votes
Tender, non-bitter broccoli rabe meets flavorful chicken sausage and crispy potatoes for a heavenly one-skillet meal!
(Paleo, Whole30)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 2


  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes unpeeled (or sweet potatoes if you don’t eat regular)
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe about 1½ pounds
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp ghee
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic peeled, bruised, but whole
  • 2 links Italian Chicken Sausage I use Bilinski’s Mild Italian


  • COMBINE potatoes with enough cold water to cover & bring to a boil in a pot
  • COOK over medium heat until the potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes, allow potatoes to cool
  • PEEL potato skin when cool enough to handle
  • CUT once lengthwise, then into half-moons, set aside
  • DETACH florets from the main stem of broccoli rabe with leaves. Using a small, sharp knife, peel/shave the skin from the thicker lower stalks of the broccoli rabe, cut the tip of the bottom off, & cut crosswise (approx. 2-inch lengths)
  • BRING large pot w/ enough water for greens to boil
  • ADD peeled stems along with the salt and cook for 1 minute ADD florets & leaves next, & cook them together with stems until tender but not mushy, 3-4 mins more. Crisp stalks = bitter, make sure its tender with a fork
  • DRAIN greens & add to ice bath (fill a large bowl half-way with cold water/ice), to stop cooking
  • ADD sliced chicken sausage to a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat until cooked, flipping for approx. 8-10mins, remove chicken & set aside
  • REDUCE heat to low, warm ghee, & add whole garlic
  • SAUTÉ over medium for approx. 4mins until soft, set aside
  • RAISE heat to medium-high, add cooked potatoes in a single layer & season w/ pinch sea salt
  • SAUTÉ until they are golden & crispy, approx. 12 mins, set aside
  • WARM 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low, return drained b.rabe & garlic to pan. Sauté until greens are coated approx.3mins
  • RETURN potatoes & sausage to skillet, toss all together, taste/season & serve!
Diet: American, Italian
Keywords: broccoli, chicken, paleo, whole30
-Alison Marras
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  1. Can red potatoes be used and if so, do they need to be peeled? Looking forward to making this soon since hubby brought home broccoli raab and I haven’t a clue what to do with it! LOL

      • Thank you for your reply, Alison! This dish was absolutely deeeelicous!!! I can’t wait to make it again! I used red potatoes (didn’t peel them) and quartered them before par-boiling. Worked great and saved me a step. 🙂 Although, there were a number of steps to the recipe, it was so good and my whole family enjoyed it. My 21 year old son even said it as awesome and “filling”….which says a lot, because he seems to never be full. LOL This will definitely be going in the rotation, or at least until broccoli rabe goes out of season. 🙂

  2. Such a great, filling dinner! I loved all the flavors of the chicken sausage, potatoes, and broccoli. It was the perfect comfort meal and I can’t wait to make it again! 

  3. “Paired with crispy potatoes and chicken sausage” – YUM! These flavor/texture combos sound sooooo good. I hated broccoli rabe because it’s always bitter when I made this! Can’t wait to try out your tips! Pinning this for later 🙂 

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