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Homemade Chicken Breakfast Sausage

These chicken breakfast sausage patties have all the same sausage flavor you love with a fraction of the fat and calories. Now you can have peppery, smoky breakfast sausage for just 60 calories a piece. 

And if you think making your own sausage might be complicated, think again. Mix a few spices together, add to ground chicken, form patties like you’re making burgers, and throw ’em in a pan. That’s it! 

chicken breakfast sausage and greek yogurt biscuits

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Ingredients for Chicken Breakfast Sausage

If you’re familiar with my recipes, you know I love using reduced fat pork sausage. While it’s a great ingredient, it’s still rather high in fat and calories—even for a reduced fat version. 

These chicken breakfast sausage patties use a leaner source of meat in ground chicken. Not only is ground chicken much leaner, it takes on the breakfast sausage flavors really well. 

In case you have trouble finding ground chicken, you’re welcome to use ground pork or even turkey. You may also be able to have chicken breast ground for you in the butcher section of your grocery store. 

Chicken Breakfast Sausage Seasoning Recipe

brown sugar, kosher salt, allspice, smoked paprika, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and sage in a bowl

After testing SO many spice blends, I think I finally nailed the classic breakfast sausage flavor. Here’s everything you’ll need: 

  • salt
  • black pepper
  • crushed red pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • allspice
  • sage
  • brown sugar

With all the testing, I’ll say that there’s plenty of wiggle room with the ingredients. I tried adding a bit of thyme, ground cloves, and sweet paprika without any failures. So, if you’re missing an ingredient, you can probably substitute something else and get pretty close. 

The only ingredients I’d try to nail 100% would be the salt, black and red pepper, and brown sugar. 

Tips for Cooking 

As I mention in the recipe notes below, stainless steel or cast iron will work best for creating a sear and crispy crust. Nonstick should work just fine but if you’re lacking that fatty-like sausage exterior, this could be the culprit. 

ground chicken sausage patties next to a cast iron skillet with olive oil

And in case you’re wondering if the oil is necessary, it’s not, but I highly recommend using it. The olive oil provides a ton of flavor and, once again, helps create the crust on the chicken breakfast sausage. You can, however, use another type of oil if you don’t have olive oil on hand. 

ground chicken sausage patties after flipping halfway through cooking

Serving Your Homemade Breakfast Sausage

These sausages are perfect with my Greek yogurt biscuits or Homemade McGriddles. But feel free to keep it simple and serve this recipe up with toast, on a biscuit, or with a side of my air fried breakfast potatoes and peppers.

homemade McGriddle with chicken sausage, egg, and cheese

In case you’re feeling adventurous, you could cook and crumble this chicken breakfast sausage to use in some of my favorite recipes:

That should be plenty of inspiration. If you have any recipe questions, drop a comment below. And don’t forget to snap a pic of your chicken breakfast sausage and tag me on Instagram! 

chicken breakfast sausage patties in a skillet with Greek yogurt biscuits

Chicken Breakfast Sausage

Yield: 10 Sausage Patties
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A simple recipe for homemade breakfast sausage patties made with ground chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Chicken (I used 97/3)
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2-1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt, or 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp Rubbed Sage
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 2 Tbsp (24g) Swerve Brown*, or light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp (16g) Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Making the Sausage Patties

  1. Mix the dry spices and brown sugar in a small bowl before adding to the ground chicken. Work the chicken and spices together until evenly mixed.
  2. Divide the ground chicken into 10 pieces (about 48 grams or 1.8 ounces each) and press between your palms to flatten.

Cooking the Chicken Breakfast Sausage

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil. (I used a 12" cast iron skillet. If you're using a smaller skillet, you may need to cook in batches.)
  2. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the sausage patties to the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the bottoms are a crispy brown. Flip each patty and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the patties are cooked through and reach an internal temp of 165ºF. Transfer to a plate and let the sausage patties rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

*Nutrition facts do not include carbs from zero calorie Swerve Brown. If you use light brown sugar, each sausage patty will have 2g of carbs.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Sausage Patties Serving Size: 1 Sausage Patty
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 3gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 10g

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Nina

Friday 3rd of September 2021

Just came across this recipe and excited to try it! Would this work with Granny Smith apple added to it?

Mason Woodruff

Saturday 4th of September 2021

That's an interesting idea! Looks like this recipe for pork and apple breakfast sausage uses half a cup of shredded apple for a pound of pork.

Kelly Davis

Thursday 15th of July 2021

I am trying to lower my sodium for blood pressure and kidney health and breakfast meats are one of the highest sodium meats out there. NOTHING on the market that I could find. I'm taking your recipe and omitting the salt. Only 55mg of sodium in 4oz of ground chicken!

Mason Woodruff

Monday 19th of July 2021

I'm curious to know how they turned out with the salt reduction. Worth repeating?

Chris

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

I find this to be too sweet for my liking. I used monk fruit sweeter when I made it. I liked the texture of the sausage, and flavor of the spices. The next time I make this I will leave out the sweetener.

Mason Woodruff

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Yeah, I'd go with brown sugar or a close replacement or nothing at all on the next go!

SILVIA SEVER

Monday 1st of March 2021

THESE ARE AMAZING! Will make them again. Easy and delicious!

Mason Woodruff

Monday 1st of March 2021

Thanks, Silvia! This is definitely a favorite in our household as well.

Tracy Lawniczak

Friday 8th of January 2021

Does the macros include the oil you use to cook them in?

Mason Woodruff

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Yes, it is.

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