Firstly let’s discuss why you’d choose chicken sausage over the delicious ‘traditional’ pork filling. There are actually quite a few valid reasons why chicken sausage is a good alternative.
The most important of which is that it’s delicious! Just because pork sausages are tasty, it doesn’t necessarily follow that any other type of sausage is inferior. Both can be delicious!
It’s a whole lot healthier. Chicken naturally has much less saturated fat content, so if you are watching your intake of this ‘bad’ fat or just want to be more health conscious, chicken sausage is for you.
Shaking up your diet is good for the spice of life - eating different types of foods keeps things interesting as well as more nutritionally balanced. Chicken sausages come in a ton of different flavors too, so you won’t get bored easily.
If you don’t know where to start, here are 26 chicken sausage recipes to help you out.
Chicken sausage and apples are a well-known combination, however, you’d usually find them already in the sausage. Bake With Love has a stroke of genius by adding apple chunks to the tray bake. Throw in some onions and potatoes, and that’s an entire meal.
Garlic butter is a good addition to any dinner, and when your main ingredient is sausages, well even better! Eat Well 101 tosses broccoli into the skillet to add some health value, so you aren’t feeling too gluttinous. It’s a quick dish to throw together, and is very low carb.
An easy way to enjoy chicken sausage is to throw it in a pasta dish. This is a particularly useful recipe if you are feeding a family because kids may not agree on a lot of food but sausage pasta is one of the winners. Nourish and Fete has you sneak in some spinach leaves, but has it ready in under 25 minutes.
Looking to add some more protein to your soups? The Almond Eater has got you covered. No need to fill up on the bread and butter accompanying your soup, with the addition of chicken sausage it is much more filling and nutritiously dense than a vegetable-filled broth soup.
This sausage pasta dish uses broccoli to add some extra vitamins and minerals, as well as bulk it out with more than carbs. Sugary Logic has you add in sun-dried tomatoes which turn up the flavor, beautifully complementing the parmesan cheese that’s generously grated over the top.
Sheet pan dishes are the oven equivalent of a one-pot dish. Even better in our book because you don’t need to stir or ensure it’s not sticking to the bottom of the pan, just put it in the oven and it cooks itself. Nourish and Fete also add potatoes to make it more filling, and suggest a range of different flavored chicken sausages that work well.
Stir fries are a great weeknight dinner because they are easily thrown together and cook quickly. Usually, you’d add strips of meat or prawns, but chicken sausage ends up working really well. Marsha Eileen’s recipe is customizable, you just need to follow the cooking directions and stir fry sauce. This way you can choose which vegetables are in season or which you have in the kitchen!
The Kitchn makes this skillet dinner fancy by using broccolini instead of broccoli. The choice of orzo over regular fusilli means it cooks more quickly, and who doesn’t love a bit of orzo? It actually ends up being almost like a pasta risotto.
Eat it for breakfast, eat it for dinner, it works for any time of day. Taste of Home has you adding onions and Brussels sprouts to chicken sausage, alongside chunks of apple, and frying it all up with seasonings like whole grain mustard. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Salad might not be the first word your mind jumps to when you hear sausage, but when you think about it, why not? Sausage is delicious, and anything that makes a salad more delicious… Rasa Malaysia goes all out and adds strawberries, green leaves, and feta to the sausage.
Like a gumbo but erm, soupier. The Whole Cook shows us how to transform chicken sausages into something worthy of a restaurant in New Orleans. The okra, and the cayenne pepper, all help to create a flavor that’ll make you think you’re floating down the bayou.
Wendy Polisi hits the nail on the head by combining the rich, flavorsome manchego cheese with chicken sausage. Possibly the most delicious pizza you’ll ever try, and certainly, with the longest list of ingredients in the name, this recipe is definitely one you must try. Give the mozzarella a break for a night, and rock out that manchego.
When Culinary Cartel decided to add chipotle and pineapple to a chicken sausage bake, we were so there for it. The copious amounts of chopped cilantro on top are 100% on point, as are the beautiful colors the peppers add.
This basic recipe is a must-know, because sausages are so much healthier when air fried versus regular fried. Whole Lotta Yum talks us through the process so we get perfect sausages every time. The bonus is that it only takes 15 minutes!
White wine, parmesan, cream, and chicken sausage. What a list of ingredients The Creative Bite has created! Definitely not one for a person a diet, but definitely one for a person who is looking for an easy and delicious chicken sausage dinner.
Theming food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Nutrition to Fit helps turn a chicken sausage dinner into an autumnal affair. Using veggies that are in season in the fall, it gives the sheet pan a seasonal feel because of all the oranges and browns coming through the butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and sprouts.
You had me at maple glazed. Ideally, it would be a donut, but since we have to be grown-ups and eat dinner, let’s compromise and maple glaze the sausages. The recipe from Borrowed Bites can be used as part of a meal (add some veg or potatoes
This recipe from eHow uses sweet potatoes to accompany the chicken sausage in a recipe so simple your toddler could throw it together. Disclaimer: Don’t actually let your toddler use the oven! For an even quicker dinner, buy pre-cooked chicken sausages.
This sounds like a soup recipe, but it’s actually a dry one-pot dinner. Sur La Table has come up with quite the recipe, it’s incredibly flavorsome with the sausage and parmesan but also incredibly healthy with the kale and beans. Tons of protein and fiber to keep you full for many an hour!
The Roasted Root share a simple but yummy recipe to upgrade the usual pesto pasta dish. They share many ideas for substitutions if your diet requires it, for example, how to make pesto without dairy or which brand of gluten-free pasta tastes the best. Sausage tips are also included, and they recommend looking for organic, nitrate-free sausages.
Taste of Home shares a recipe for ultimate comfort food. Made from scratch, it’s not a quick weeknight dinner but one when everyone is in need of love and care. This dish is like a hug and dinner all rolled into one.
This is a great recipe if you’re having guests over for brunch, but alternatively also works great as a family dinner recipe! Sausages, potatoes, bell peppers, and eggs - it is a well-rounded meal no matter the time of day. The Whole Cook suggests keeping the seasonings simple and using a shallow but wide skillet.
Another breakfast that could be a dinner dish, The Whole Cook shows us how to use chicken sausage in a frittata for a protein-packed dish. Frittata’s are an easy meal because you can really add anything to them, as long as you have eggs, so feel free to add in extra veggies if you want the extra vitamins.
You can’t have a list of sausage recipes without mentioning breakfast burritos! Oh Sweet Basil suggests using apple chicken sausages for a sweeter flavor, and adding cheese to the eggs while cooking them. You can easily add or omit ingredients but this recipe is pretty on point.
Sausage and eggs go together like pina coladas and the beach, but add in green chile and quinoa and it’s the whole vacation. The green chiles give that spicy kick we all love in eggs and the quinoa add a complete source of protein. Thank you, Domesticate Me!
A final frittata recipe, Peanut Butter Fingers leaves the nuts out of this one and opts for spinach instead. Spinach is a perfect choice for frittatas as it cooks down to almost nothing and you can barely taste it, but you still have all the nutritional goodness! The sausage takes over the flavor, which is always a good thing!
And I'll leave you with the full recipe of my popular chicken sausage and scallop potato casserole.
26 Delicious Chicken Sausage Recipes
- 5 medium potatoes washed and sliced very thin
- 3 chicken sausages cooked and sliced
- ½ cup diced onion
- 2 tablespoon light margarine
- 2 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup 1% milk
- salt & pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ⅔ cup light grated cheese
- 3 tablespoon fat free or light cream cheese
- Slice your potatoes into very thin circles, you can use a slicer but I just did it the old fashioned way with a knife. Slice your cooked sausages.
- Spray a 9x13 casserole dish, preheat oven to 350F.
- On the stove top in a pan on med-low heat melt your margarine. Stir in flour and let cook for a minute. Then whisk in your milk, add dash of salt & pepper and your oregano. Leave on stove top till sauce thickens and becomes creamy, stirring often. This can take 10 minutes to thicken..
- Once sauce is thick add your grated cheese and stir well.
- Layer half of your potato slices in the casserole dish, top with all of your sausage slices and then your onions. Add your cream cheese in small 1 teaspoon dollops evenly.
- Pour just over half of your cheese sauce mix over the potatoes. Top with remaining potatoes and then pour the remaining sauce.
- Cover with foil and cook in oven for approx. 60 minutes, you can remove foil for the last 5 minutes. Makes 6 servings at 8sp or 7pp each
- Nutritional info. per serving.. Calories 290.. Fat 7.7g... Saturated fat 3.2g... Carbs 38.3g... Fiber 2.4g... Sugars 2.6g... Protein 16.1g