Chicken breakfast sausage has become more popular over the years as a healthier meat option.
Itâ€™s definitely my preferred choice of meat when Iâ€™m being conscious of what Iâ€™m eating.
Whereas ground pork sausage has anywhere from 300 to 450 calories with 25 to 40 grams of fat per link, chicken sausage will have between 140 to 160 and only 7 to 10 grams of fat.
You can see the big difference between the two and why there would be an incentive to eat the chicken.
Sausage in general is a way to use up all the bits of leftover meat after butchering an animal.
The saying that no one should ever see how sausages are made is referring to all the unwanted bits that go into the mix!
Best Way to Get your Ground Chicken
The very best way to make these sausages is to grind the meat yourself.
This may sound like a lot more effort, but trust me when I say itâ€™s not, and itâ€™s absolutely worth it.
This way you can mix the ingredients right into the meat as itâ€™s being ground.
Finding a small meat grinder is easy, and if you have a KitchenAid mixer then all you need is an attachment for it.
And if no grinder is available, then using a food processor can work just as well.
But using ground chicken bought at the grocery store is perfectly OK too.
What is Chicken Breakfast Sausage?
Ground up meat, chicken in this case, is spiced and fried; most often served with breakfast.
One of the nice things about making your own sausage is that you can put whatever ingredients you like into it.
From fruit, to chutney, to garlic, basil, tomatoes, and even cheese â€“ the skyâ€™s the limit!
I personally often like including maple syrup in my homemade breakfast sausage.
One of your main decisions will be about the type of ingredients you want in your chicken sausage mixture.
Also are you making links or patties for your gluten free, low carb meal?
I prefer patties and that is what Iâ€™ll be making using this recipe.
I find them easier to make as well as being more practical and diverse.
You can add them straight onto the plate with some avocado and eggs.
Or you can pop them into a breakfast sandwich to eat on the go.
If you do want to make links, this will be a process that is a little more involved, and takes more time.
However, it is easy to buy artificial casings for filling with your sausage meat.
How to Make Chicken Breakfast Sausage
This is as easy a recipe as you want it to be.
Just gather all your ingredients and mix well in a large bowl and donâ€™t forget the red pepper flakes!
I like to wear latex gloves when mixing this together as I find it combines better when mixed by hand.
And it also prevents your hands getting covered in raw chicken, and keeps it all in the mixing bowl.
Create patties, place them on a tray and refrigerate, for at least 30 minutes.
An option at this stage is to press extra black pepper into the patty for more spiciness.
Once theyâ€™ve been refrigerated, you can cook them in one of two ways.
You can either put them in a skillet over medium high heat and fry them, or you can bake them in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Feel free to use ground turkey as a substitute if you are unable to get chicken.
How to Cook Chicken Breakfast Sausage
I like to cook my chicken breakfast sausage patties in a cast iron skillet, but a nonstick skillet over medium heat will work as well.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with no oil in it, then add the cold oil followed immediately by the patties.
I put them in the pan this way because this technique should stop the patties sticking to the pan.
I turn down the heat to low and let the meat cook slowly so that it does not develop a tough outer layer.
Flip the patty only once.
Itâ€™s important to add that you should resist the urge to press on the patty with the spatula.
Pressing down on it will force the juices out and will just dry out your patty.
A good homemade chicken sausage flavor always has a juiciness to it that will beat store bought any day.
How Long Will It Last in the Fridge?
Freshly made chicken sausage will last three to four days in the fridge.
However, if you need to keep it longer than that, it is very easy to freeze.
In the freezer the sausages should last up to four to six months.
Just thaw the sausages in the fridge before cooking for best results.
Chicken Breakfast Sausage Recipe
- Mix all ingredients with the ground chicken.
- Mix well. Preferably using your hands.
- Roll into balls, then flatten to form patties.
- Refrigerate patties for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat a pan on medium heat.
- Once the pan is hot add the patty immediately and turn the heat down to low.
- Cook slowly turning once. Serve.
What spices do you like to mix into your chicken breakfast sausages?
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