Easy Chicken Apple Sausage Patties Recipe

Easy and tasty homemade chicken apple sausage patties with just ground chicken, apple, onion, and spices. Great for breakfast or dinner. Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole30.

Chicken apple sausage patties in a large cast iron skillet. Two of them are lifted up on a spatula. The pan is sitting a brown linen with apples around it.

Chicken sausages have become super popular over the years. I remember when we first moved to Austin and we were getting settled in, we went on a huge kick of Aidell’s chicken apple sausage from Costco.

Let’s just say I don’t think I have had them since and we moved here almost 8 years ago!

But making them at home is a total game-changer. They are made with fresh ingredients like real chunks of apple, diced onion, ground meat, and a little seasoning. There are no surprise ingredients too, which I’m sure you have seen if you have ever turned over your average store-bought sausages patties or links.

The result is a perfect balance – they have a savory flavor with a hint of sweetness from the apple. Since I used chicken, there are lower in fat than typical pork sausage and packed with more protein.

I love making a batch at the beginning of the week and serving them alongside some greens, sauteed veggies, crispy breakfast potatoes, and some eggs. Or if you don’t like eggs or can’t have them, just have 2-4 sausages!

Large white plate filled with greens, roasted potatoes, chicken breakfast sausage, and a fried egg. Around the plate is a plate with sliced apples, a plate with more chicken sausage, and a plate with more greens and potatoes.

What is chicken apple sausage made of?

Chicken apple sausages are usually made of ground chicken, apple, onion, and some kind of mix of spices. You usually find chicken apple sausage links at the grocery store, but they are super easy to make at home. We opted for patties since they are much easier to make at home and you don’t need any casing.

Is chicken sausage healthy?

When made with the right ingredients, chicken sausages can be a healthy addition to any diet. When making them at home, you have full control over the quality of ingredients. There are no added nitrites or nitrates, fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients. They also aren’t loaded with sodium and just a pinch of sea salt is used for the whole recipe.

Each of these patties has only 60 calories with 10 grams of protein.

Chicken apple sausage ingredients

  • ground chicken – I used 97/3
  • diced apple
  • diced onion
  • garlic powder
  • ground ginger
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • oil or ghee/butter
  • salt and pepper
Overhead shot of a bowl of diced apple, bowl of raw ground chicken, two bowls of spices, bowl of diced onion, and a bowl of oil.

How to make chicken apple sausage patties

These homemade chicken sausage patties could not be easier to make. All you need is a bowl, a pan, and about 15-20 minutes from start to finish.

  1. Combine your ingredients. In a medium or large bowl, add ground chicken, apple, onion, garlic powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix to combine. Form sausage mixture into 11 equal-size patties (about 2 ounces each).
  2. Cook. Heat up a large skillet or cast iron over medium heat. Add oil and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Add chicken patties in a single layer and cook for 5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 2-3 minutes until browned and cooked through. Serve with your favorite breakfast items and enjoy!
Large white bowl filled with ground chicken, diced apple, diced onion, and spices all mixed together. There is a wooden spoon in it as well.

Do I need to peel the apple skin?

I find you don’t need to peel the apple skin. It just adds an extra step to this recipe and it softens some when you cook the sausages anyways. It also boosts the nutrient content as the skin has vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.

If you really don’t like the skin, you can peel it if you like though.

What to serve with chicken apple sausage

You can treat this recipe as an addition to breakfast or serve them as is with other classic sides. Here are some ideas:

  • at breakfast with eggs, toast or potatoes, and veggies
  • in a breakfast salad with greens, veggies, poached eggs, avocado, and dressing
  • with any kind of roasted or sauteed veggies and roasted potatoes
Cast iron filled with chicken apple sausage patties that are being cooked. One is being flipped over while the others are still uncooked.

Meal prep

These homemade chicken breakfast sausages are great for meal prep! Make a batch at the beginning of the week (I love to meal prep on Sunday) and you have an easy breakfast side during the week.

To heat them up, you can lightly pan fry in a little oil (be careful not to overcook and dry them out) or just pop them in the microwave for a minute. I also like to eat them cold.

How long do chicken apple sausages last in the fridge?

Homemade sausage patties will last 4-5 days in the fridge in a tightly sealed glass container.

Substitutions

Here are a few substitutions and modifications if needed.

  • ground chicken – ground breasts or thighs work for this recipe. Having some fat with the meat makes them easier to work with (it makes it less sticky) when combining the ingredients. You can also use ground turkey instead of chicken.
  • apple – if you don’t have apple, you can swap it out with a pear for a similar flavor.
  • spices – you can swap out the spices for ones like fennel or sage to change the flavor.

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Large white plate filled with arugula, roasted baby potatoes, and three chicken sausage patties. Next to it is a small plate with more chicken sausage, an whole apple, a fork and knife, and a plate with sliced apple.
Chicken apple sausage patties in a large cast iron skillet. Two of them are lifted up on a spatula. The pan is sitting a brown linen with apples around it.

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Chicken Apple Sausage

Easy and tasty homemade chicken apple sausage patties with just ground chicken, apple, onion, and spices. Great for breakfast or dinner. Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole30.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken and apple sausage, chicken apple sausage, chicken breakfast sausage, chicken sausage patty
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 11 patties
Calories 60kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken (I used 97/3)*
  • 1 cup diced apple (120 grams)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (60 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium or large bowl, add ground chicken, apple, onion, garlic powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix to combine. Form sausage mixture into 11 equal-size patties (about 2 ounces each).

  • Heat up a large skillet or cast iron over medium heat. Add oil and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Add chicken patties in a single layer and cook for 5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 2-3 minutes until browned and cooked through. Serve with your favorite breakfast items and enjoy!

Notes

*ground breasts or thighs work for this recipe. Having some fat with the meat makes them easier to work with (it makes it less sticky) when combining the ingredients and forming into patties. If your mixture is too sticky, you wet your hands with water or place it in the fridge to harden up a little.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Chicken Apple Sausage

Amount Per Serving (1 patty)

Calories 60
Calories from Fat 12

% Daily Value*

Fat 1.3g2%

Saturated Fat 0.2g1%

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.9g

Potassium 23mg1%

Carbohydrates 2.3g1%

Fiber 0.4g2%

Sugar 1.6g2%

Protein 9.6g19%

Vitamin A 6.3IU0%

Vitamin C 0.9mg1%

Calcium 3mg0%

Iron 0.1mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Recipe by Kelly Nardo, Eat the Gains | Photography by The Mindful Hapa

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