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Is anything better at breakfast than a side of breakfast meat? Bacon, sausage… yum! Double yum if it’s homemade like these ground chicken breakfast sausage patties. They are the perfect pairing for lots of breakfast favorites, like my Keto Pancakes or a side of eggs. This Breakfast Chicken Sausage recipe includes all-natural ingredients as well as tips for the paleo, low-carb, and keto ways of eating.
Why Make Homemade Breakfast Chicken Sausage
As with anything homemade, when you make your own breakfast sausage, you have complete control over what goes into it. That control allows you to use any ground meat that you want in this recipe. In fact, I made this recipe by accident when I couldn’t figure out what to do with a load of ground chicken that was sitting in my freezer.
Besides knowing exactly what you’re eating, by using ground chicken and not pork, this breakfast favorite is also an easy way to cut a few extra calories.
My chicken breakfast sausage uses simple ingredients and spices.
To start, I use ground dark meat chicken. I found that if you use ground chicken breast meat, the sausages turned out very dry and a bit tough. So ground dark meat is the way to go for the best flavor and texture.
Breakfast sausage usually has a ton of different herbs and spices. Collecting each of them can be challenging and costly. Some of them you just don’t use much unless you make sausage frequently. So instead of individual spices, I use Herbes de Provence. It is a great blend that makes seasoning the chicken sausage much, much easier.
For a little bit of sweetness, I use Honest Syrup’s maple flavor. If you order through their website, be sure to use DRDAVINAHS to get 10% off. But, any maple flavored syrup will work.
To give the sausage patties a bit of a kick, I use black pepper and red pepper flakes. You’ll also need garlic powder and some Natural Sea Salt to help bring out even more flavor. To cook the patties, I use some olive oil, but you could substitute a different oil if you want to.
How to Make Chicken Sausage for Breakfast
Making chicken sausage for breakfast is actually quite easy.
- Gather your ingredients
- Dump all of the spices in a large bowl with the chicken
- Mix the ingredients well
- Form sausage patties and cook (I’m using a cast iron skillet, but you can make chicken sausage in the air fryer too!)
Top Cooking Tips & FAQs
Choosing Ground Chicken
Ground chicken often comes in different varieties. The leaner cut, ground chicken breast, is not the best option for sausage. Because it has less fat, it makes tougher, drier sausage patties. So instead of ground breast meat, get ground dark meat. In some stores, you may need to ask the butcher.
Homemade Breakfast Sausage Variations
You can make my breakfast sausage patty recipe using ground dark meat chicken, or you could use a different type of meat. Some of my favorite substitutes include ground pork, beef, or turkey. The more fat in the meat, the juicer your sausage patties will be. You could also use combinations of meats to make the patties if you want.
If you are following a specific diet, you can tweak my homemade breakfast sausages to meet your needs. Here is a quick break down of changes you can make based on a few ways of eating:
- For keto: I use Honest Syrup in Maple Flavor. This is a low-carb syrup solution that gives you all the maple flavor at one 1g net carb per serving.
- For paleo or clean eating: People who follow a clean eating or Paleo diet can substitute the Honest Syrup for regular maple syrup.
- For Whole30: People who follow Whole30 should just remove the sweetener altogether.
What to Enjoy this Chicken Breakfast Sausage Recipe With:
Chicken breakfast sausage pairs well with a lot of different breakfast foods. You could do a simple pairing with keto pancakes or my keto almond flour waffles.
If breakfast sandwiches are more your speed, you could pair these sausages with low-carb bread or my fathead dough bagels, an egg, and cheese. Or, you could make a really deluxe and delicious sandwich by also adding air fryer bacon and a few slices of avocado!
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Easy Ground Chicken Breakfast Sausage
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- Add all of the meat, honest syrup and spices to a mixing bowl and incorporate.
- Form 12 balls and then flatten them to patties
- Heat olive oil in a large frying pan or cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat
- Cook the sausages for about 3 minutes per side.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!