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10 Ways to Turn Chicken Sausage into a Quick & Healthy Meal

April 19, 2021
Photo Credit: Well Plated by Erin

A package (or two!) of chicken sausage is a smart staple to always have on hand. Since packages are usually vacuum-sealed, they keep well unopened in the fridge and freezer longer than other meats. Plus, because the lean protein is already cooked, it takes next to no time to turn it into dinner.

Here are 10 of our favorite ways to turn chicken sausage into a feel-good, wholesome meal.

1. Sausage and Rice Casserole from Well Plated by Erin

This one-pan dish takes just 30 minutes to make from start to finish. Instead of the usual white rice, the recipe calls for brown rice. It’s worth sticking with the suggestion because you’ll get a lot more fiber and nutrients in every bite.

Chicken sausage and broccolini pasta

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2. Chicken Sausage and Broccolini Pasta from Little Broken

If you can’t find broccolini for this pasta, fresh or frozen broccoli florets or even cauliflower florets can be used instead. Definitely save leftovers, too, because they make for a great lunch the next day, even when served at room temperature.

Sheet pan sausage and veggies

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3. Healthy 20 Minute Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies from Gimme Delicious

This is a great opportunity to clear out anything in your crisper drawer or use up some bags of frozen veggies in your freezer.

chicken sausage pizza

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4. Grilled Chicken Sausage, Spinach, and Mozzarella Pizza from Pinch of Yum

If you don’t have a grill, these quick pizzas can also be baked in an oven. Just heat the oven to 425°F and bake on a sheet pan until the cheese is melty, about 10 minutes.

grilled chicken sausage

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5. Grilled Chicken Sausage and Veggies Over Cauliflower Rice from The Real Food Dietitians

Serve this mix of sausage and veggies over your favorite grain — either way it will be a healthy meal. You can also saute everything together on the stovetop instead of grilling.

chicken sausage and white bean stew

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6. Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew from Simply Scratch

This comforting stew is a total meal in a bowl. That’s thanks to a double dose of protein from sausage and beans plus lots of wilted spinach, which provides a full serving of vegetables.

Chicken sausage and vegetable skillet

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7. Chicken Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Skillet from Garden in the Kitchen

Pasta definitely turns this mix of sausage and vegetables into a hearty meal. Gluten-free? Try one of these bean-based alternatives.

sweet potato skillet

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8. Chicken Sausage Breakfast Skillet with Sweet Potatoes from Taste and See

Don’t just save this skillet for breakfast. It’s so full of sweet potatoes, colorful peppers, and melty cheese that it’s really worth digging into any time of day.

Weeknight chicken sausage skillet

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9. Weeknight Chicken Sausage Stew from Familystyle Food

This hearty stew is packed with sausage, white beans, and wilted greens and comes together in under 30 minutes. Use grated Parmesan if you don’t have Pecorino cheese in the fridge.

sausage peppers and onion

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10. Sausage, Peppers, and Onions from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

This colorful dinner can be enjoyed a number of ways. Stuff some of it into pita halves for sandwiches, pile it on rice, or toss it with your favorite pasta.


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