Chicken sausages are a really tasty alternative to pork sausages. They’re super easy to cook and are a delicious protein to be eaten for any of the three meals of the day. Including snack time, come to think of it! Here is some step-by-step information to help you out if you want to figure out how to cook chicken sausage!
I’m sure you’ll love this tutorial! You can keep a few of these chicken sausages in the freezer and whip them out when you need a quick midweek dinner. If you make them in the morning, make extra and you can have them for lunch the next day. What a win!
How to cook chicken sausages on the stove
There is nothing simpler than popping a few chicken sausages in a pan on the stove. You can either cook the whole sausage or slice them up. I like to cook mine on medium heat in a cast iron pan. They work really well in a non-stock or grill pan too.
Keep in mind that there is a fair amount of fat inside chicken sausage, so adding a lot of oil to the pan is not necessary. Turn the sausages frequently so that they cook evenly.
If you have a meat thermometer, use it to tell if they are ready. The internal temperature should reach about 165°F/73.88 °C.
A little tip here is to let the sausages rest before cutting or eating them. This allows the juices to settle into the structure as opposed to seeping out. This trick will prevent your sausages from drying out.
I love cooking them up in a creamy pasta sauce with lots of chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper.
How to grill chicken sausages
This is such a lovely summer activity and meal – grilling a couple of good chicken sausages. I’m a sucker for a grill in the summertime. I love the little grill marks that get left on the sausages. You can almost taste them.
It’s not a great idea to cut them up and cook them on the grill. They will slip through the grates and land up in the coals, eek!
Grill your chicken sausages on medium-high heat and turn them regularly. As with cooking them in the pan, this method will make sure they cook evenly and all the way to the center without burning the outside.
Serve your grilled sausages on a platter with a loaf of garlic bread, some grilled corn on the cob and a big crunch green salad.
How to bake chicken sausages
Baked chicken sausages take a little less time to cook but also require a lot less supervision. This makes them a great option if you have some time on your hands and are multitasking.
I like to cook mine at 375°F/190°F. This is a pretty high heat but works well to cook the sausages all the way to the center while giving them a good golden glow.
You can either oil the roasting or baking dish with a light coating of oil or spray and cook the tray first. Try to create a bit of space and wiggle room for the chicken sausages so that they cook evenly.
How to make chicken sausages from scratch
So, you want to make chicken sausages from scratch? I love it! There is something artisanal about making your own sausages.
There are so many ways to flavor and season them beautifully. Here is a guide to making chicken sausages from scratch. You’ll need a sausage stuffer to make this recipe.
Ingredients you’ll need
- 5 pounds of finely ground chicken
- 2 TBS ground coriander
- 2 TBS ground cumin seeds
- 2 TBS salt
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 2 TBS brown sugar
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 32mm casings, natural
Here’s how to make chicken sausage step-by-step:
Soak the natural casings in warm water for 30-40 minutes to make them softer and more pliable.
Add the spices and seasonings to room temperature or cold chicken broth. Combine everything thoroughly. Pour this liquid into the ground chicken meat and mix It all together. I prefer to do this by hand because it is more thorough.
Place the casing end over the sausage stuffer end. Add the meat to the machine. Hold the casing over the end of the machine and let it fill up. Do this slowly, and don’t overfill the casing. Don’t be too hard on yourself with this process, as it’s pretty tricky when you first have a go.
Create your individual sausages by twisting them at the point where you’d like them to start and finish. Cut them at those points, and your sausages are ready to fry, roast, or bake!
How long does chicken sausage take to cook?
Chicken sausage takes about 8-10 minutes to cook, depending on how big the sausages are. If you are working with regular-size sausages and medium-high heat, then 8-10 minutes is about right.
How do you know when chicken sausages are cooked?
The absolute safest and best way to know when chicken sausages are cooked is to measure the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Sausages should reach around 165°F/73.88 °C.
How do you pan fry chicken sausages?
To pan fry chicken sausages, start by heating some oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Then, add the sausages to the pan and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning them occasionally so that they brown evenly on all sides. Once they are cooked through, remove them from the pan and serve with your favorite sides.
How long do I cook chicken sausage on the grill?
As a general rule, chicken sausage takes about 10 to 12 minutes to cook on a preheated grill. However, this will vary depending on the thickness of the sausage and the heat of the grill.
How long to cook chicken sausage at 400?
Depending on the size of the sausages, they will typically need to cook for 20-25 minutes. Be sure to use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken sausage has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees!
Are chicken sausages healthy?
This largely depends on how much sodium and saturated fats are included in the recipe. Good quality chicken sausages are a healthier choice than pork sausages as they are leaner in fat.
If you are going to eat a lot of chicken sausage, it’s a good idea to either make them from scratch or research and find a good quality brand that is low in sodium and lean.
It’s also a good idea to look at the additives in your sausage if you purchase a store-bought one.
How To Cook Chicken Sausage In The Air Fryer
- 6 chicken sausages
- Preheat the air fryer to around 375 degrees
- Place the chicken sausages in the air fryer. Make sure to leave space between each of them so they don't stick together
- Cook for around 10 minutes (flip the sausages around the 5 minute mark)
- Serve the sausages on a plate, and bon appetit
Wrapping it up!
It’s pretty cool that there are several different ways to cook chicken sausages. They are really such an easy protein option and are budget-friendly too.
Please let me know if you try out this recipe for homemade sausages, and how it goes