Delicious and healthy homemade chicken apple sausage is super easy, quick, and great for any meal! You can use ground chicken or turkey for this Paleo and Whole30 friendly staple. Sugar free, refined oil free, loved by all.
Sometimes I feel like I spend half my husband’s paycheck on sausage.
You guys know how much I love spiced-up meat right? And if you follow me on instagram you see that’s no joke – almost all my breakfasts involve some sort of sausage – chicken apple, chicken chorizo, garlic pork, breakfast pork, andouille – if it has earned the name sausage, you will find it on my plate.
So why it has taken me so long to just make a little of the darn stuff myself is just good old-fashioned silly laziness – I can be lazy with weird stuff, this is certain.
This was my first shot at chicken apple sausage patties and I thought it did the trick. It tastes “healthy” but not at all in a bad depriving way. All three of my kids loved it, which frankly surprised me! They are a mysterious bunch, those kiddos. Either way, this is something I would happily eat every day of my life.
My daughter thought they tasted eerily similar to my Apple Thyme Turkey Meatballs and it’s true – you CAN use ground turkey in this recipe and it will be just as delicious, but of course it will taste like turkey, not chicken. Honestly I don’t discriminate much with my poultry and could go either way. Just make sure the meat you use is not too lean, you want some fat here!
This may wind up being part one of a “sausage series” if I can stop being lazy and start getting real with my sausage (reference anyone?)
- 1 lb ground chicken or turkey, not too lean (I used ground chicken thighs)
- ⅔ cup peeled and finely chopped apple
- 2 tbsp ghee, coconut oil, or preferred cooking fat
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning (thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg)
- ½ tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp onion powder, or 1 tbsp fresh minced onion
- In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken or turkey with the apples, spices, and salt & pepper and mix well with your hands to fully combine.
- Heat a large skillet over med heat and add the ghee to melt. Form mixture into 8 small patties and place in pan. Adjust the heat (lower might be better to avoid burning) to evenly brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side.
- Remove from pan and either serve right away, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer for later use.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Add the ghee to the mixture and combine well.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and form the mixture into 8 small patties.
- Place on the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes (until juices are clear), flipping once halfway through.
- You can store tightly wrapped for later use and brown on the stove to heat before serving. Works well with any meal. Enjoy!
Also be sure to check out my Easy Homemade Breakfast Sausage if you’re a sausage lover like me!
Have you made homemade sausage before? What are your secrets?