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Homemade Chicken & Apple Breakfast Sausage



Breakfast which is the most important meal of the day is usually skipped at my house. Well in my case I usually skip it during the weekdays, not because I don't have the time, but because I'm almost too lazy to do it. However I do make sure that my kids eat which is almost like me saying "do what I say not what I do". On the weekends however we do have breakfast together as a family, and while there are days that I might have something that's already been processed, there are times that I love making my own. Our homemade chicken and apple breakfast sausage is something that you can make and freeze for later so that you don't have to wake up every morning and cook. Its not only tasty and good for you since you know what ingredients you are putting in it but chicken is a healthier alternative to beef and pork.

Homemade Chicken & Apple Breakfast Sausage

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion finely diced
1 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 Granny Smith apple, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
6-8 fresh sage leaves


Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft. If it appears to be cooking too hot, turn the heat down a bit.

Add the apple and garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.


Add the spices and cook for another minute or until fragrant.

Add the chicken breast to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it's broken down.


Add the pan ingredients, seasonings and sage to the food processor and pulse until everything is combined and the meat itself is completely ground. ** see note


Using a 1" ice cream scoop, place balls of the meat mixture on a piece of wax paper.


Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, place 6-8 patties in the pan at once. Be sure to not overcrowd the pan, or the patties will not brown properly. If you don't hear a sizzle when you place the first patty in the pan, the oil is not hot enough.


Cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and no longer pink in the middle. ** see note

Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to two days. These also freeze very well and reheat quickly in the microwave.


Notes:

The flavors of the sausage will be even better if the meat mixture is allowed to sit overnight, allowing the flavors to meld. I like to mix it up the night before breakfast and keep it in the fridge until the next morning.

To test the flavors and cooking time, cook one patty first and then adjust the salt/pepper/seasoning to your liking. Depending on the size of your patties, the cooking time may be slightly different, which is another good reason to do this.

Annmarie John
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  1. I would love to make this. I usually buy beef patties but have never tried making my own sausage patties. I had no idea it was this easy. I might leave out the apples though. Thanks for the recipe. Totally pinning!!

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    1. I would also buy but it is so much healthier to make your own. I don't do it too often but the kids just love it. They call them mini chicken burgers. :)

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  2. Wow! This looks yummy and so creative too! I want to taste it right now. Thanks

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    1. You're welcome Wendy and I think you should totally make your own. You'll love it.

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  3. That looks awesome and totally like something I would eat. I am not a fan of regular sausage but a variety made at home with chicken? I could do that. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. We love sausages at our house and we tend to have them most days around breakfast time. I love the homemade variety since you know exactly what you're eating.

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  4. Sausage is my favorite breakfast meat. I've never made my own but these look tasty!

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    1. You should totally try making your own. I think that you'll notice the difference in taste and it's so much better for you too.

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  5. what a yummy and healthy way to get your sausage in for breakfast. This is look amazing.

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    1. It sure is amazing and a lot healthier for you too.

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  6. I have never thought to grind up my own chicken! what a genius idea! We adore chicken in this house and I would totally eat this for any meal, not just breakfast!

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    1. Oh you can eat it at any time your heart desires, even lunch.

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  7. This looks like a great item for a nice weekend brunch item.

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    1. It sure is. Maybe one day you can give it a try.

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  8. These look super tasty! I love cooking chicken with sage!

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    1. Oh they were tasty and maybe the next time you can make it and let me know how you like it.

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  9. I have never had chicken for breakfast before. This definitely looks like a healthier option than pork!

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    1. While I'm not a huge fan of pork my husband loves it so I cook it mainly for him. I prefer chicken, turkey and beef and you can totally do it with those.

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  10. I have that exact food processor and have never used it for meat. THat is a great idea

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    1. You should totally take advantage of your food processor and all it's features.

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  11. This sounds delicious and like such a flavorful and hearty breakfast meal! I've always liked sausage, but not the greasiness and this seems like a much more digestion friendly option!

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    1. Oh it sure it. You'll certainly find a lot more grease from the pork variety so the chicken is a healthier option.

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  12. It looks so easy and good! I can't wait to try it!

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    1. If you do please let us know how you like it.

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  13. Chicken is a great option, I've never had it for breakfast, the recipe looks so yummy! I can't wait to try it!

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    1. It really is a great option and a much healthier option than pork as well. You should give it a try and see how you like it.

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  14. I'm with Momma to 5, Chicken never crossed my mind as something to eat for breakfast but this looks delicious.
    Could you substitute ground turkey? I have a ton of that here and we don't own a food processor. (boo!!)

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    1. You can certainly substitute ground turkey. However I'm sure you can possibly use a blender and pulse it until you get it to the desired consistency. Give it a try and see.

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  15. I'm always looking for alternatives to the pre-packaged, often tasteless sausages. These look so delicious! - Katy

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    1. I like a few varieties of the packaged type but I prefer making my own because I know exactly what I have in it. It's also a lot healthier too as well.

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  16. I am a vegetarian, but these look delicious. I might have to try this for an association meeting at the end of the month here in Panama - I always try to serve something different as a way to encourage the property owners to come ... just to see what the gringo is cooking. Since I only have a teenie weenie processor, I may have to check out the pulse of the blender.

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    1. I'm sure the pulse on the blender should work. I have both but have never tried it in the blender. Let me know if you do make it how it turned out.

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  17. Yum. I have honestly never thought to make my own sausage. I thought it was something only a butcher could do or something. I'm glad I was wrong!
    I prefer chicken apple sausage to other kinds.

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    1. Oh no you can totally make your own and I think it's much better if you make them too. While I like being pre-packaged at times, it's easy for me to make up a batch and just freeze them for later as well.

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  18. I have never made any sausage from scratch before. This is sooo cool. I might do this on the weekend. I have all the ingredients in my kitchen.

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    1. Its actually not that hard to make your own sausages. You can actually just google a few recipes and see which you prefer.

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