There’s no denying that sausage can be one of the best additions to some of our favorite meals. Ahem, S.E.C. breakfast sandwiches and spicy jambalaya. But the popular meat can often be a nutritional nightmare. Sure, it brings protein to the table, but the links can also be full of fat, sodium, and nitrates. That’s why we love chicken sausage, which tends to have a cleaner ingredient list than its cousin, chorizo. Chicken sausage works well in just about everything: omelets, pasta, stews—the list goes on. Here are nine easy chicken sausage recipes to get you started with the better-for-you sausage alternative.
1. Chicken Sausage, Brussels Sprouts, and Spiralized Sweet Potato Skillet
This healthy riff on a “spaghetti” with Brussels sprouts and sausage is an easy way to get some colorful veggies into your weekday lunch. The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes is the perfect pairing with chicken sausage, in our opinion. This one is easy to meal-prep too—just don’t put the cheese on it until you’re ready to eat. Then melt that mozzarella all over.
2. One-Pot Creamy Orzo With Chicken Sausage
Need a new weeknight favorite for dinner in a hurry? Then you need this one-pot orzo recipe at all times. It only requires 20 minutes to cook, and the ingredients are simple. If you’re hoping to cut down on the milk-fat (and willing to give up some creaminess), you can swap in whole milk for the heavy cream.
3. Tomato and White Bean Stew With Chicken Sausage
When winter is lingering, you need something that can warm you up from the inside-out to forget about the single-digit temps outside. This tomato-based stew gives you just that, plus a big helping of protein, thanks to the cannellini bean and chicken sausage combo.
4. Pasta Skillet With Chicken Sausage, Cheese, and Spinach
A savory supper (with no extra dishes to wash) is on its way! This one-pot pick only requires five basic ingredients: chicken sausage, pasta, marinara sauce, spinach, and cheese. Let’s not forget the dinner guests you’ll impress after whipping up the marinara sauce from scratch.
5. Sheet-Pan Chicken Sausage Fajitas
When people tell you to “cook smarter,” they must be nodding to the savviness of sheet-pan recipes. For one, everything roasts on one rimmed baking sheet, which means less food to keep an eye on and minimal cleanup. In this recipe, you’ll realize how well chicken sausage and Mexican food mingle. To get your sweet peppers, red onions, and chicken sausage oven-ready, you’ll be adding a quick homemade fajita seasoning. While that’s firing up, ready the toasted flour tortillas (or corn if you’re gluten-free), cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro to garnish on top.
6. Chicken Sausage Breakfast Skillet With Sweet Potatoes
We’re all about respecting breakfast-for-dinner on any given night. This recipe supplies something from nearly each food group too: Grab your sweet potatoes, colored peppers, cheddar cheese, spicy chicken sausage, apple cider vinegar, parsley, and eggs and do a happy dance because this yields six servings in just 30 minutes.
7. Italian Spaghetti Squash Boats With Sausage
Spaghetti squash is anything but boring when posing as low-carb “noodles” doused in marinara sauce and cheese. The blogger uses turkey sausage, but if you’re like us and want it a touch sweeter, use apple chicken sausage instead.
8. Chicken Sausage Egg Frittata
Here we find sausage in its element—as breakfast food. Chicken sausage subs in here for pork, sweetening things up alongside mushrooms, cheese, and chives. We love the ease of a frittata because you can serve it at room temperature, and it’ll still be just as delicious and hearty as when warmed.
9. Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup
Cozying up to a big bowl of cheese tortellini soup sounds like the only logical way to ward off Sunday winter scaries. Grab your softest sweater, chicken sausage, chicken broth, canned crushed tomatoes, cream cheese, spinach, and cheese tortellini, and you can have yourself a warm home-cooked meal. After one bite, you’ll be reminded how much the canned stuff just doesn’t cut it.