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Chicken-Apple Sausage

  • 45 m
  • 45 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“It's easy to make your own patty sausage with just a few healthy ingredients like ground chicken, apples, onion and savory spices like sage and fennel. You can use ground turkey instead of ground chicken if you prefer.”


    • 2 teaspoons canola oil
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1 medium sweet apple, such as Gala or Honeycrisp, peeled and diced
    • 1 pound ground chicken
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
    • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
    • ½ teaspoon fennel seed, chopped
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  • 1 Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add apples and cook, stirring, 2 more minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cool for 5 minutes. Wipe out the pan.
  • 2 Add chicken, sage, sugar, fennel, salt and pepper to the bowl with the apples and onions. Gently mix to combine.
  • 3 Generously coat the pan with cooking spray and heat over medium. Using a ⅓-cup measure, scoop 4 portions of the sausage mixture into pan, flattening each into a 3-inch patty. Cook until the patties are browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning. Coat the pan with cooking spray again and repeat with remaining sausage mixture.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Freeze the cooked sausage in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
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