Healthy Chicken Breakfast Sausage

Sausage is eaten in many cultures around the world. The ingredients may vary but the idea is the same: ground meat, often pork or a mix of meats and other ingredients with spices mixed together. Since the American culture has influences from many lands, our sausages are borrowed or adapted from those cultures like the American hot dog or frankfurter. Sausages are known for their shape when placed in a skin while many of us in America grew up eating sausage patties for breakfast.

Sausage and Health

Here on the blog, I have tried to offer information and recipes to support a healthy diet. Personally I watch my fat and sodium content for my health. Breakfast meats tend to be high in both. For those of us who love sausage, this can be a real problem. My doctor discusses my fat intake every time I see her. I recently had a check up and my cholesterol was good. Yeah!

While sausages may be delicious, they are often high in total fat, saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol, and calories. When eaten often, this meat product can be unhealthy. In fact, a 2012 study showed that regular consumption of processed red meat increases the incidence of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. And a 2013 meta-analysis of processed meat consumption suggested that 50 grams per day (or about 1.7 ounces per day), increased the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 51% and increased risk for coronary heart disease by 42%.

Healthy Sausage Brands

Regular sausages are high in saturated fat, sodium and nitrates. Research has linked a frequent consumption of hot dogs to cancer in children. I ‘ve eaten very few processed meats like sausage and hot dogs in the last twenty years, but I am starting to eat breakfast sausage more now. Why? I’ve discovered chicken sausage from Applegate Farms. It’s a popular and easy-to-find brand which makes a wide variety of healthy dinner and breakfast sausages that are lower in calories than traditional pork sausage. Poultry sausage contains between 110 to 120 calories, 7 to 8 grams of total fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, and 310 to 440 milligrams of sodium. Compare that to Jimmy Dean sausage, for example, which contains a lot of saturated fat, sodium, and additives, making it notorious for its high cholesterol levels

Another healthy sausage brand is Al Fresco All Natural. The Apple Maple Chicken sausage contains just 50 calories 2 grams of total fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, and 150 milligrams of sodium (17% of the daily value) per link. It is made with skinless chicken, maple syrup, brown sugar, and dried apples. Be sure to read the nutrition labels of processed meat and choose wisely.

Make Chicken Breakfast Sausage

One way to control what’s in your sausage and save money is to make your own. Not only is ground chicken much leaner, it takes on the breakfast sausage flavors really well. If you prefer, you could also use ground turkey. Be careful of grocery store ground turkey and chicken as they often add flavorings. Read the label. Check out your local store as many grocery butchers will grind a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for you. We’ll start with a recipe of ground chicken breakfast sausage with a more traditional flavor with salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, allspice, marjoram, sage, and brown sugar with no preservatives. Since the chicken breasts will have a low fat content, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the mix. The oil adds flavor and helps the patties get that sausage crust. Homemade sausage is so easy to make and taste so good. (If you use boneless skinless chicken thighs, you don’t need to add olive oil.)

Freeze the patties individually to store and cook when you need them. Place on a cookie sheet and then freeze. Remove from cookie sheet and use freezer containers or bags. They should last up to 6 months. While it’s still grilling season, grill them like hamburgers for a tasty sandwich.

Chicken Breakfast Sausage

Use organic when available. Makes 10


Chicken Breakfast Sausage

Easy homemade chicken breakfast sausage allows you to have complete control of the taste and quality of the sausage you eat.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast sausage, chicken sausage, homemade sausage
Servings 10


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1/4 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Mix the dry spices and brown sugar in a small bowl
  • Place meat in large bowl
  • Add 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (for ground chicken breast)
  • Mix well
  • Add spices to the ground chicken and mix together well
  • Divide the ground chicken into 10 pieces
  • Flatten each patty between your hands
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium to high heat
  • Add the sausage patties to the skillet
  • Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until bottom is crispy brown
  • Flip to other side and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes
  • Patties should reach an internal temp of 165ºF
  • Transfer sausages to a plate and let rest for a few minutes before serving.


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

15 thoughts to “Healthy Chicken Breakfast Sausage”

  1. Hooray for the good cholesterol result.
    We love sausages here and probably eat too many but I do try to grill them instead of frying which is a little better for us. These look and sound so good.

  2. Thanks for that recipe Carol. We eat sausage maybe a couple of times a month and generally like local butchers rather than mass production. I think it’s time we tried chicken sausage.

  3. I rarely eat breakfast meats but have tried the apple/chicken sausage from Al Fresco and I do like it. I had never thought of making my own but it sounds simple enough.

  4. Thanks for this recipe for homemade chicken sausage, Carol. Since I’ve been eating keto/low carb I have been trying to increase my protein but I also dislike processed foods high in sodium and preservatives. I have a grinder attachment for my Kitchen Aide mixer and should be able to make these easily. Pinnin!

  5. Good for you getting a good report of your choleseral level. I am working to get off the meds for cholesteral too. I love sausage and and bacon but I only have either or about once a couple of months. You are just full of great advice. Pinned and thanks for sharing at #aclwcc.

  6. This is a fantastic recipe and I can’t wait to make it. I have given up sausages that have preservatives and clearly there isn’t always a readily available supply . Now I can create a stash for the freezer and have them for breakfast. or even on a breakfast sandwich. Thanks.

    1. I truly understand as I also gave up sausage. I just knew there had to be another way. You can play with the spices to get your favorite flavor.

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