Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

My Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage recipe is an easy way to make your own fabulously fresh sausage right at home ~  it freezes beautifully, too, so be sure to make extra so you can enjoy it anytime.

My Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage recipe is an easy way to make your own fabulously fresh sausage at home ~ it freezes beautifully, too, so be sure to make extra so you can enjoy it anytime.

Chicken apple sausage is something our whole family can agree on, it’s been a favorite here forever. We buy it at the grocery store and order it in restaurants all the time, so I’m thrilled to be able to make it myself. And frankly, even though I love it, I’m always a little uneasy eating sausage in general because of the high fat content, and possible additives like nitrates, etc. This simple recipe takes care of all that and lets us indulge worry free!

Making Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage the easy way ~ in the stand mixer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

There’s really no mystery about making sausage, it’s essentially ground meat that has been mixed with various spices. If you don’t want to fuss with casings, you can form patties like I did. When you make it yourself you can control the quality of the meat, and the amount of fat. I used regular ground chicken from my grocery store, and mixed it chunky bits of apple and onion, lots of fresh cracked black pepper, and a nice amount of fresh sage for an easy but really delicious flavor. I was actually surprised at how ‘sausage-y’ these tasted, and I think that’s largely due to the seasonings.

TIP:  If you want to taste test your sausage mixture, pinch off a small bit and cook it in a skillet, then taste. Adjust your seasonings accordingly. This is a good trick for meatloaves, meatballs, and any other ground meat recipe.

Making Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage the easy way ~ in the stand mixer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I’ll remind you that when it comes to mixing ground meats, I like to do it in my stand mixer. I find it does the  best job of thoroughly mixing the ingredients without compacting the meat, and I don’t have to get my hands into the raw meat ~ yay!

Patties of Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage waiting to be cooked ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

For this sausage the bits of apple and onion need to be small enough that the sausage patties hold together, but not so finely minced that you lose their great texture and crunch.

I’ve talked before about this vegetable chopper that I love to use for getting a perfectly even tiny dice in fruits and vegetables. I found that, while I loved the affordability of the plastic tool, it just doesn’t hold up very well. I upgraded to a stainless steel European model, and love it. I use it all the time now. You’d be surprised at how many ways you’ll find to use a chopper like this, because it’s so quick and easy, and the results  are like nothing you could ever do by hand.

Chicken Apple Sausage in a pan

After browning the sausage, I make sure to cook it gently so I don’t dry out the chicken. I like to cover the pan and lower the heat to let them cook through.

How to make Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage right at home ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This recipe was inspired by this one from Saving Room for Dessert, and adapted from this one from Martha Stewart.

Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com
3.48 from 76 votes

Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

My Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage recipe is an easy way to make your own fabulously fresh sausage right at home ~  it freezes beautifully, too, so be sure to make extra so you can enjoy it anytime.
Course breakfast or tea time pastry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 Granny Smith apple or other tart, firm variety very finely diced
  • 1/2 medium onion very finely diced
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • olive oil for browning


  • Put the ground chicken into the bowl of a stand mixer, breaking it apart as you add it. You can also do all this by hand in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the olive oil, and mix until everything is well combined, and the little chunks of apple and onion are evenly distributed.
  • Form the meat mixture into small 1 inch balls. I use a 1 inch scoop to portion out the meat and then roll it in my hands. Place all the balls on a baking sheet and put in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook them.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and brown the sausage patties for 2 minutes on each side. Then lower the heat, cover the pan, and cook for another 7-10 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through. The internal temperature of the sausage should be 165F.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • I used packaged ground chicken for this recipe, but you can also grind your own with a meat grinder or a food processor. You could try boneless thighs for extra flavor. 
  • If this recipe seems a bit too lean for you, you can also finely chop some bacon (raw) and add it to the mix.


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  • Reply
    Jackie Moll
    February 24, 2021 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe! I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, because it’s what I had. After the patties were almost finished cooking, I added four cups of homemade sauerkraut, covered with a lid and simmered the sausage and sauerkraut for about 15 minutes. This reminded me of the sausage we used to buy in a little Amish butcher shop in Lancaster PA. Delicious!

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    Jennifer Cosola
    July 26, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    5 stars
    These smell soooo good cooking!! I didn’t think they would stay together but they do. Just as written. Can’t wait to taste them.
    Oh they are good! Very fresh tasting with the fresh sage.

  • Reply
    November 9, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Can you bake these?

    • Reply
      November 9, 2019 at 7:06 am

      Sure, that would work fine.

  • Reply
    January 18, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I make a turkey burger with similar ingredients. I find that if you drizzle in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, it binds the patties well. But, i like the idea of adding bacon!

    • Reply
      January 18, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Great tip!

  • Reply
    January 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Do you skin the apple? Or leave the skin on?

    • Reply
      January 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      I peeled the apple Jessie.

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    December 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

    These sausage patties look soooo good, Sue! I just lost myself in your recent posts for half an hour. Good grief. As always, every single thing you make is calling my name!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    December 12, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I am all for letting the mixer do the work (germophobe right here!) and homemade is always better!

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    December 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    They look so delicious my tummy is growling! Great idea, Sue!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    December 11, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Sue, I always make my own pork sausage, but I’ve yet to venture into chicken. This sounds exactly right! And I much prefer making patties. If I had to mess with casings, I’d never do it. And I love the way you diced the add-ins so tiny and cute! 🙂

    • Reply
      December 11, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thanks Jean, I’m planning to try other flavors soon, these were so good.

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I love this idea! I have never tried making my own sausage, but this sounds so lovely I just have to try it 🙂

  • Reply
    December 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Whenever ground chicken is on sale I buy extra to make sausage. (Once I bought boneless, skinless thighs and ground them myself. It made super delicious sausage but was time consuming and messy, so I stick to purchasing chicken already ground!) Next time I’ll try a batch with apple added.

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    December 10, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Wow, I never thought of making my own chicken sausage but why not? You always have wonderful ideas Sue! I love that you can control what goes in and tweak it just the way you’d like.

    • Reply
      December 10, 2016 at 8:22 am

      This was a lot of fun, Chris, maybe next time I’ll attempt sausage in actual casings!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    December 10, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Very tender and juicy…I love the combo of meat and apple.

    • Reply
      December 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

      I agree, Angie, meat and fruit goes together in so many different ways, who knew?

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 10, 2016 at 6:05 am

    What a brilliant recipe Sue! I love turkey sausage so I know this chicken and apple version would make our entire family happy. It looks delicious!

    • Reply
      December 10, 2016 at 9:22 am

      You inspired me, Tricia!

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