With subtle notes of pure maple syrup, these chicken breakfast sausage patties are a morning favorite in our house! A homemade seasoning mix with fennel seeds and sage is a must-make to take the flavor over the top. We love to double or triple the batch and freeze a bunch to enjoy on busy mornings!

Sweet and savory chicken sausages are healthy.

For the last 2 years I have eaten Applegate’s maple chicken breakfast sausage patties almost every day for breakfast. They have the perfect blend of savory ground meat to slightly sweet pure maple syrup flavor.

In an effort to save a little cash, I decided to attempt re-creating those delicious patties at home.

While the first batch came out WAY too sweet (I definitely overdid it on the syrup!) the second batch was a HUGE success. (I had Justin taste them side-by-side and he picked the homemade ones every time!) They had a nice subtle sweetness but it was balanced out perfectly by the earthy herbs and spices.

My secret to making them taste so good? It’s all in the homemade breakfast sausage seasoning mix, so don’t skip this part!

Ground chicken, sausage seasoning, maple syrup, and oil are the ingredients for chicken breakfast sausage.
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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ground chicken. While this recipe calls for ground chicken, you can easily sub in ground pork or venison, or even ground turkey. Opt for a lean blend, however. (93/7 works great!)
  • Maple syrup. Be sure to use a pure syrup, avoid the artificial varieties. Honey can also be used for a different flavor profile.
  • Breakfast sausage seasoning. It is so simple to make your own blend with fennel seeds, thyme, sage, salt, black pepper, and some brown sugar. Or, you can use a store-bought kind. For an added kick, toss in some red pepper flakes.
  • Oil. Avocado is best, but you can go for olive oil if needed.

How to Make Chicken Breakfast Sausage

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1. Season the Chicken

To make chicken sausages, combine the breakfast sausage seasoning, maple syrup, and meat in a large bowl. (Make sure you mix the seasoning together with a fork or a whisk so there are no clumps of brown sugar remaining!)

You can either use your hands or a potato masher to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients. Be sure no chunks of seasoning remain for the best and most consistent flavor.

2. Shape the Patties

With the mixture in the bowl still, use a knife or spatula to divide it into four sections.

Then, use your hands to make three homemade chicken sausage patties from each section. The patties will be about 2- to 2 ½-inches wide and ½-inch thick.

You can also shape these into links that are about 1-inch thick and 3-inches long if you’d prefer.

3. Cook the Sausage

Add oil to a large, nonstick skillet and turn the stove-top to medium or medium-high heat. You only need enough to just coat the bottom. Too much oil and it will pop quite a bit.

Once the oil starts sizzling, set the sausage patties in a single layer. Be sure none of them touch. You will likely need to cook the chicken sausage in more than one batch.

Cook for about 3 minutes per side, or until the edges become golden and the meat is no longer pink in the middle.

When one batch is done, remove the patties to a paper-towel lined plate or baking sheet. Set them in a 250°F oven to keep them warm until you’re ready to serve.

4. Serve

Once the patties are cooked, you can enjoy them in so many ways!

Try them on an English muffin, a biscuit, or toast, or simply stick with Air Fryer Eggs or Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs for a healthy, Paleo breakfast.

Freeze Patties for Quick Breakfasts

Save time on busy mornings by making a double or triple batch. Flash freeze the patties in a single layer, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Pull out as many as you need, then warm them up in the microwave or skillet.

Chicken sausage patties are part of a healthy breakfast.

FAQs

Are chicken sausages healthy?

When you prepare chicken sausage with seasonings and minimal oil, they are a super healthy option for breakfast.

Is chicken breakfast sausage healthier than pork sausage?

Chicken breakfast sausage is healthier than pork because it has a much lower fat percent.

Can you make these breakfast sausage patties ahead of time?

You can easily make this chicken breakfast sausage the day before and keep it in the fridge overnight. Alternatively, you can mix up the breakfast sausage seasoning or even prep the chicken mixture and leave in the fridge.

How do I store these chicken breakfast sausage patties?

Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. To freeze, tightly wrap completely cooled sausage patties and store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months. These are delicious warmed back up over low heat in a skillet, or you can use the microwave for a quicker option.

What to Serve with Breakfast Sausage

Add this breakfast sausage to any of these wholesome and hearty recipes:

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Chicken Breakfast Sausage Patties

With subtle notes of pure maple syrup, these chicken breakfast sausage patties are a morning favorite in our house! A homemade seasoning mix with fennel seeds and sage is a must-make to takes the flavor over the top.
Sweet and savory chicken sausages are healthy.
Yield 12 patties
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 15 minutes
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Ingredients 

Breakfast Sausage Seasoning:*

  • 2 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. thyme dried
  • ¼ tsp. sage ground
  • tsp. red pepper flakes optional

Chicken Breakfast Sausage:

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup honey or other sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp. oil avocado or olive

Instructions 

  • Breakfast Sausage Seasoning: Whisk together the breakfast sausage seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.
    2 tsp. fennel seeds, 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. black pepper, ½ tsp. thyme, ¼ tsp. sage, ⅛ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Shape Sausage Patties: Add ground chicken to a large bowl along with the maple syrup and the sausage seasoning. Mash together with either a potato masher or by hand until everything is well mixed. Divide the mixture into four sections and create three patties from each section. The patties should end up being roughly 2 to 2 ½-inches wide and ½-inch thick.
    1 lb. ground chicken, 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • -OR- Make Links: Alternatively, you can shape the mixture into links that are roughly 1-inch round and 3 inches long.
  • Cook Sausage in Skillet: Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to a large skillet over medium heat. You want just enough so that it completely coats the bottom. Wait for the oil to begin to sizzle and then place the sausage patties in a single layer, being careful that none of them touch. (Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to cook these in two batches.) Cook the sausage for 3 minutes per side, or until the edges become golden and the meat is cooked through and no longer pink.
    2 Tbsp. oil
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.
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Notes

*You can also use half of this homemade breakfast sausage seasoning or purchase a store-bought one.
Prep-Ahead Instructions:
You can easily make this chicken breakfast sausage the day before and keep in the fridge overnight. 
Storage Directions:
Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. Tightly wrap completely cooled sausage patties and store in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months. These are delicious warmed back up over low heat in a skillet, or you can use the microwave for a quicker option.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 23mg, Potassium: 213mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 49IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    My family loved this recipe. My husband can only eat chicken and now he can enjoy a breakfast sausage again!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Michelle! That’s so awesome he can enjoy them still. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

  2. 5 stars
    These are the tastiest sausages I have ever had and so easy to make. They freeze well to so if you make too many (if that’s possible) you can have them later.

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Lynda! I love recipes that freeze well. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Blair! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

  3. You state 85 calories per serving, but you don’t mention serving size. It it 1,2,3, Pattie’s per serving? You show 3 Pattie’s on the plates.