10 Ways to Turn Chicken Sausage into a Healthy Meal

Chicken sausage
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Updated Apr 20, 2020 @ 11:59 am

By Sheela Prakash

If you happen to have a package or two of chicken sausage in your fridge or in your freezer, know you’re in luck. 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 current favorite ways to turn chicken sausage into a feel-good, wholesome meal.

Chicken Sausage and Peppers from Eating Well

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

Chicken sausage and broccolini pasta
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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.

Sausage and Rice Casserole from Well Plated by Erin

Instead of the usual white rice, this 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.

Sheet pan sausage and veggies
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Healthy 20 Minute Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies from Gimme Delicious

Feel free to have fun with this recipe and mix and match the vegetables. This is a great opportunity to clear out anything in your crisper drawer or even use up some bags of frozen veggies in your freezer.

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 them on a sheet pan until the cheese is melty, about 10 minutes.

Grilled chicken sausage cauliflower rice
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Grilled Chicken Sausage and Veggies Over Cauliflower Rice from The Real Food Dietitians

Feel free to serve this mix of sausage and veggies over regular rice, if you prefer — 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 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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Chicken Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Skillet from Garden in the Kitchen

While pasta definitely turns the mix of sausage and vegetables into a meal, you can serve it with a whole lot of other things. Try it over quinoa, mashed potatoes, or even cauliflower rice.

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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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. Feel free to use grated Parmesan if you don’t have Pecorino cheese in the fridge.

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