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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.

Side note: For another fun seasoning blend, check out my ground chicken chorizo (seasoning from scratch) or lean pork Mexican chorizo (pre-mixed chorizo seasoning option) recipes.

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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JoAnna Dixon

Sunday 20th of March 2022

I have been making this ever since you posted this recipe. No more sodium laden store bought for me. I have been remiss in telling you how much I enjoy all your recipes thank you so much.

Anita Lock

Friday 3rd of December 2021

Do these freeze well? If so, what's the best way to freeze them? Thanks!

Mason Woodruff

Saturday 4th of December 2021

They do! I would use small parchment squares in between patties and place them in an airtight container or bag. To reheat, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for a minute or so at 50% power and then another 60-90 seconds at full power. Or toss them in a covered skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.

Heather Cantor

Monday 29th of November 2021

This recipe is so good that I stopped buying pre-made sausage! It freezes well and is super impressive if you have guests or a brunch because the flavor screams homemade in a great way!

Lauren

Friday 26th of November 2021

I made this to go along with the copy cat mcgriddle recipe and was pleased. I will say next time though I'll be sure to flatten the patties a bit more, they really puffed back up and didn't seem as flat as one would want them for a breakfast sandwich.

Deborah Zellner

Friday 26th of November 2021

Like everyone else, I'm changing my lifestyle. Iade these the morning after Thanksgiving 2021, and definitely do not omit the brown sugar. With wiggle room, I added some parmesan cheese and some Weber Gourmet Burger seasoning...it has a smokey flavor. I will use this recipe from now on.

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