Chicken Apple Sausage is a delicious breakfast sausage that you can make right at home. It combines ground chicken with sweet shredded apples for sweet and savory patties.

Want more breakfast recipes? Try Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, Banana Carrot Muffins, or Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple: These chicken apple sausage patties are made with simple ingredients and yet are incredibly flavorful. They pair well with our easy breakfast casserole!
  • Comforting: The secret ingredient in these patties is bacon. It makes the fried sausage rich and wonderfully balances with the sweetness of the apples.
  • Versatile: You can serve the patties for breakfast with fruit and toast or add them as protein to your favorite breakfast. They’re easy to meal prep too!


These simple ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

ingredients for chicken breakfast sausage.
  • Ground chicken: It’s a lean protein that works wonderfully in this recipe.
  • Bacon: Bacon adds smokiness and rich flavor to these patties.
  • Tart apple: Granny Smith apples add the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavor.
  • Spices: Onion powder, dried rosemary, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper.
  • Egg yolk: Acts as a binder and also adds flavor.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds flavor and makes the patties tender.


This chicken apple sausage recipe is delicious just the way it is, but it’s also adaptable. You can add your favorite ingredients or ingredients that match the rest of your meal. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Meat: Feel free to use ground turkey to keep it lean or ground pork for more traditional-tasting patties.
  • Seasonings: Try adding other seasonings like garlic powder, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, rubbed sage, ground cumin seeds, or celery powder.    
  • Added flavorings: Add other flavors like fresh parsley, chives, green onions, chopped kale, or spinach.  

How to Make This Recipe

These are basic instructions for how to make this recipe. See the full description in the recipe card below.

ground chicken, chopped bacon, and shredded apples with spices in a glass bowl.

Step 1: To a large bowl, add chicken, bacon, shredded apples, spices, egg yolk, and mayonnaise.

raw chicken patty meat mixture in a glass bowl.

Step 2: Using your hands, mix the meat mixture until combined.

raw chicken patties on a white plate.

Step 3: Shape the meat into 8 (3-inch) patties.

cooked chicken patties in a skillet.

Step 4: Heat oil in a heavy-bottom skillet. Add patties and cook until no longer pink in the middle.

Expert Tips

Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the best chicken sausage patties.

  • Chop the bacon small. Use a sharp knife and cut the bacon into long strips about 1/2 inch wide. Turn the bacon and cut the strips into pieces also about 1/2 inch wide. 
  • Use only the yolk. Using the whole egg will make the meat mixture too wet and likely the patties will not hold shape. Make sure to only use the yolk part of the egg.
  • Oil your hands. When forming meat into patties, lightly oil the palm of your hands with a little oil. It will help the patties from sticking to your hands.
  • Use a heavy-bottom skillet. A cast-iron skillet is great for cooking breakfast patties, whether you use a pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet or enameled cast-iron skillet, both are great for even cooking and browning.

How to Make Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner 

You can easily turn these sausage patties into a sheet pan meal to serve for dinner or to enjoy through out the week as part of meal prep, similar to our chicken patties with corn succotash recipe.

To do this, place the patties and vegetables of your choice on a baking sheet and bake until the meat and veggies are cooked through at 450F for 20-35 minutes.

Some veggies you can try are Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, Yukon potatoes, or bell peppers. Make sure to cut the veggies into uniform size so they cook evenly.

cooked chicken sausage with apples on a platter garnished with fresh thyme.

How to Serve 

There are so many ways you can serve these little patties.

Add them to your breakfast with crispy rosemary garlic potatoes, asparagus frittata, and your favorite pancakes with syrup, or add them to a hash skillet.  

These are also great for serving for dinner with pasta, jalapeno rice, or cheesy mashed potatoes.

Storing Tips 

  • Refrigerate: Store extra chicken patties in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. 
  • Reheat: Reheat them in the oven or air fryer to get them crispy again. For a quicker route, you can heat them in the microwave in 30-second increments until they’re warm all the way through.
  • Freeze: These sausage patties are a great option to freeze and save for later. You can save the raw patties or cook them before freezing. Either way, place them in a large freezer bag and keep them in the freezer for up to three months. Label and date the bag, so you remember what you’ve saved.

Recipe FAQs

What does apple chicken sausage taste like? 

Apple chicken sausage is savory with a hint of sweetness. It’s salty from the bacon and has a pleasant, soft texture.

Can I cook chicken apple sausage in an air fryer? 

Yes, you can make these sausages in the air fryer instead of sauteing them in a pan. The air fryer does a good job of making the outside crispy while keeping the inside moist.

What is chicken apple sausage made of? 

This sweet and savory take on sausage is made with ground chicken, tart apples, chopped bacon, spices, egg yolk, and mayonnaise.

What spices are in chicken and apple sausage? 

There are a handful of spices in this recipe for chicken sausage. They include onion powder, dried rosemary, dried fennel seeds, salt, and pepper. You can use lemon pepper, sage, thyme, oregano, or other spices depending on what you’re pairing them with. 

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chicken apple sausage on a white oval platter.

Chicken Apple Sausage

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Chicken Apple Sausage is a delicious breakfast sausage that you can make right at home. It combines ground chicken with sweet shredded apples for sweet and savory patties.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peeled and shredded Granny Smith apple
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. dried fennel seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • Oil for cooking, such as olive oil or avocado oil


  1. To a large bowl, add all of the ingredients. Use your hands to gently mix just until combined. Let the meat mixture rest for about 10 minutes.
  2. Lightly oil the palm of your hands with oil and shape the mixture into 8 (3-inch) patties. It helps to first divide the mixture into eight balls and then press on each ball to form the patties.
  3. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of a large heavy-bottom skillet, such as cast-iron, and heat over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add patties to the pan without overcrowding and cook for 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink and golden brown on the outside. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Bacon: Use a sharp knife and cut the bacon into long strips about 1/2 inch wide. Turn the bacon and cut the strips into pieces also about 1/2 inch wide.
  • Leftovers: Refrigerate cooked sausage for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 2 patties
  • Calories: 388
  • Sugar: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 417.2 mg
  • Fat: 32 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Protein: 22.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 153.1 mg

Keywords: breakfast, sausage, chicken sausage