As part of my goal to eat healthier, less processed and sodium laden foods, I have begun to make my own ground chicken sausage.

Many of us have decreased or eliminated the amount of red meat that we eat. That means that we have pushed aside thick and juicy steaks and ground beef and have begun to eat more chicken.

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Ground chicken sausage made into breakfast patties.

Pork – NOT The Other White Meat

But what about pork? For many years, due to a popular national commercial campaign, I though that pork was ‘the other white meat’.

To mix up the protein in my ‘healthy’ diet I would add in a little pork once in a while. I would pull out some pulled pork from the freezer for dinner and as a special treat I would eat sausage for breakfast.

I thought I was doing good by getting rid of red meat in my diet. It wasn’t until I was speaking to a friend of mine who specializes in nutrition that I was informed that pork is still considered red meat.

Even though some cuts of pork, such as a pork tenderloin, resembles the color of chicken, it still follows under the category of livestock. All livestock, including lamb, beef and pork are considered red meat.

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Cutting up whole chicken breasts to make ground chicken sausage.

Ever since then, I have eliminated as much pork from my diet as well. That meant no more pork chops, pulled pork, bacon or sausage.

I didn’t mind giving up thick slices of a pork loin or even ham. But for me, my weekend breakfast isn’t complete without bacon or sausage.

Turkey Bacon and Sausage – Healthy or Not?

My first instinct was to buy turkey bacon and sausage crumbles. It took me awhile to adjust to the changes in texture and taste.

But as a healthier option, it would due. But is it truly a healthy option?

Ever since I have developed food allergies, I have learned to read and investigate nutritional labels on food packages.

Unless I am in the produce aisle, I am always a little, or sometimes a lot, shocked at what I find.

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My Hamilton Beach Food Processor makes ground chicken sausage a breeze.

The amount of sodium in a single piece of turkey bacon can be double and sometimes even triple of that in a traditional piece of pork bacon. And it isn’t much better for turkey sausage patties.

I wouldn’t consider that a healthy option at all.

So I began to search for other options.

Ground Chicken Sausage

I really wanted to stick with chicken. I have been making my own ground chicken from chicken breasts for years.

No, I don’t have a meat grinder. My simple Hamilton Beach Duo Food Processor does the trick.

I simply cut the chicken breasts into 1-2 inch cubes and push pulse a few times. Within seconds, I have ground chicken at a fraction of the cost to purchase it at the grocery store.

Now all I had to do was to figure out how to spice it up to get that classic sausage taste.

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The spices mixed with chicken that make for the perfect ground chicken sausage.

After a few attempts, I found the perfect combination of spices to make the homemade ground chicken sausage the perfect and healthy breakfast protein.

Because we like our sausage with a little kick, we added a few ingredients to make it a little more on the spicy side. However, if you don’t like any spice you can cut the cayenne and red pepper flakes in half.

However, I don’t recommend eliminating them all together. Just a little bit will add flavor without adding heat to your chicken sausage.

One final tip – don’t skip the overnight refrigeration process. This gives time for the spices to penetrate the meat completely before cooking.

I actually buy chicken in bulk and make homemade ground chicken sausage ahead of time. I grind the meat, mix in the seasonings and place half pound sections into the freezer.

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Meal prep ahead of time and make chicken sausage patties and freeze them until ready to be cooked.

Whenever the urge strikes, I simply pull it out and it is ready to cook. No waiting time required!

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Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Homemade Ground Chicken Sausage

Homemade ground chicken sausage using no preservatives and only chicken breasts and spices.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 2 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breasts into 1-2 inch chunks. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the spices and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Sprinkle the seasoning over the chicken and toss well.
  4. Place the meat into a food processor and grind until the desired consistency has been achieved.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  6. Use ground sausage as directed in recipes or form into patties and cook until center temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

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10 thoughts on “Homemade Ground Chicken Sausage Recipe

  • January 16, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    Depending on the type of sausage that he likes, you may need to adjust the seasoning. We really enjoy making our own too!

  • January 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    I would imagine so….I have never tried it, but if you can remove your bottom and blade, I think it would be just as easy to take the mixture out.

  • January 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    Absolutely. We even make frozen raw patties and just thaw and cook whenever we need them.

  • January 15, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    I need to try these. My husband is a sausage freak!!! This has got to be better than the stuff he buys!! I like making my own!!

  • January 15, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    On another note, could I use a blender with a pulse setting?

  • January 15, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Can this be frozen raw?

  • January 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    We buy ours at a local farm store. But you can buy chicken in bulk at your grocery store. Ask to speak to the butcher if you can’t find any. They are usually more than happy to help.

  • January 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    You are welcome – I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • January 15, 2019 at 9:29 am
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    That’s really interesting to a medical condition I have to watch my sodium intake thanks

  • January 15, 2019 at 9:24 am
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    Where do you get chicken in bulk?

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