Homemade Chicken Sausage with Sage and Apple

I love breakfast sausage. I would eat it every day if I could.  Well, I suppose I could but that would be a LOT of pork!  I like chicken sausage but the recipes I have tried for it are very dry and I really do not enjoy them as a result.  I bought some ground chicken and literally dreamed that night of a way to make a moist sausage. How convenient!

The raw ingredients…except for almond flour, which I added later on. Nothing but good stuff here.

My theory was that if I added apple sauce instead of egg there would be not just the taste of apple but also moisture instead of dryness. And I wanted to add some veggies so I added grated zucchini, grated onion (both moisture ingredients also) and grated carrot.  I also felt like FRESH sage was important. Have you ever noticed that SAGE is included in the word sauSAGE? Beyond that I included crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper, sea salt, fennel and thyme.

Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix

I literally did just dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mixed it up with my hands. I even remembered to take my wedding ring off first!  After I mixed it up I realized that it was even more moist than I had expected. I added in a tablespoon of almond flour to take up some of that moisture. Coconut flout absorbs moisture and I did consider that (and will probably test that out) but almond flour seemed like a better choice for texture. 


Adding almond flour to adjust the texture


After combining the ingredients I covered the bowl and put it in the fridge for about half an hour. Again, this was to try to firm them up a bit. I wanted to EAT moist sausage patties but cooking wet patties was not my original idea.

I formed the patties with an ice cream scoop to keep them roughly the same size and dropped them right into a hot cast iron skillet. I added avocado oil to the skillet first because chicken is not a meat that was going to release much, if any, of its own fat and I did not want them to stick.

I cooked the patties 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through.  They browned up pretty dark because of the almond flour but that was okay by me!

We had these for breakfast with a piece of my Peach Blueberry Paleo Dutch Baby pancake and coffee and we thought it was really good!  I think more crushed red pepper would be appropriate next time so I am giving you a range in the recipe!  Enjoy!

Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/4 cup grated carrot

1/4 cup grated zucchini, liquid squeezed out

1/2 onion, grated, liquid squeezed out

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tsp fresh minced sage

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/8 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes depending on how much heat you like

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp crushed fennel seed

1 pound ground chicken

1 Tbl ground almond flour


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Mixing with your hands works well.  Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Heat a skillet coated with your cooking oil of choice (avocado oil, olive oil, ghee, bacon fat etc.). Drop spoonfuls of the sausage mixture directly into the hot pan. Cook 3 – 4 minutes per side until cooked all the way through.  Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and keep warm until serving.  Makes 14 – 16 patties.