Some days I don’t plan my meals. There was a particular day that I had decided I would cook chicken drumsticks. I had no idea what I would make with it.

I began going through the pantry trying to decide what I wanted to cook. I stumbled across a can of Italian – Style Wedding with Meatballs and Chicken soup. Hmm. Let’s see what I can come up with…..

I also had fresh Swiss Chard. So I decided to create a dish with it all, my Pantry Chicken Dish.  I am sharing this easy dish that consist of simple ingredients.

Pantry Chicken Dish

Simple ingredients don't mean that the dish has to like flavor or deliciousness. This Pantry Chicken has just that, simple ingredients, but flavorful.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 people


  • 1 Bundle Swiss Chard
  • 2 lbs. Fresh Natural Chicken drumsticks
  • 2 links Sausage Sliced
  • 2 14.5 oz Chicken Stock
  • 4 Cloves Peeled Garlic Minced
  • 1 small White onion
  • 1 small Red Bell Pepper
  • Dry Parsley Generous amount
  • Poultry Seasoning Generous amount
  • Slap Ya Mama Generous amount
  • Dry Basil leaves Generous amount
  • Smoked Paprika Generous amount
  • Cooked Rice Desired amount
  • 1 19 oz. Italian Style Wedding Soup
  • 1 tsp. Hoff's Hot Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • olive oil


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  • Swiss Chard
  • Fresh Natural Chicken drumsticks
  • Sausage
  • Chicken Stock
  • Garlic
  • White Onion
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Slap Ya Mama
  • Dry Basil leaves
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cooked Rice
  • Italian Style Wedding Soup
  • Hoff's Hot Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
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  1. Season the chicken generously with slap ya mama, poultry seasoning, smoked paprika, basil, parsley and garlic powder. Set aside.
  2. Tear the leaves of the Swiss Chard off of the stems.
  3. Rinse the Swiss Chard.
  4. Pat Dry the Swiss Chard.
  5. Cut the Swiss Chard with a knife. Set aside.
  6. Slice the sausage. Set aside.
  7. Mince the garlic. Set aside.
  8. Dice the red bell pepper. Set aside.
  9. Heat the olive oil in the pot.
  10. Brown the chicken drumsticks. Browning on all sides. About 10 minutes.
  11. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  12. Add a little more olive oil if necessary (optional step)
  13. Brown the sausage about 5 minutes. Push on one side of the pot.
  14. Saute the onions and bell peppers. About 5 minutes.
  15. Add the minced garlic. Don't let the garlic burn. 1 - 2 minutes.
  16. Remove the garlic, onion, bell peppers and sausage. Set aside.
  17. Add the swiss chard, stirring often. 3 - 5 minutes.
  18. Add the Chicken stock. Stir.
  19. Add the Italian Style Wedding Soup to the pot. Stir.
  20. Add the Chicken, sausage, veggies back to the the pot. Stir.
  21. Simmer for 25 - 30 minutes on medium to high heat. Internal chicken should be 165 F.
  22. Add Hoff's hot sauce to kick up the heat and the flavor.
  23. Taste for seasoning. Add additional seasoning and spices if necessary.
  24. Serve over rice.
  25. Enjoy.
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