Homemade chicken breast sausage

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As part of my goal khổng lồ eat healthier, less processed and sodium laden foods, I have begun khổng lồ make my own ground chicken sausage.

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Many of us have decreased or eliminated the amount of red meat that we eat. That means that we have pushed aside thick and juicy steaks & ground beef and have begun to lớn eat more chicken.


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Ground chicken sausage made into breakfast patties.


Pork – NOT The Other trắng Meat

But what about pork? For many years, due to a popular national commercial campaign, I though that pork was ‘the other trắng meat’.

To phối up the protein in my ‘healthy’ diet I would showroom in a little pork once in a while. I would pull out some pulled pork from the freezer for dinner và as a special treat I would eat sausage for breakfast.

I thought I was doing good by getting rid of red meat in my diet. It wasn’t until I was speaking lớn a friend of mine who specializes in nutrition that I was informed that pork is still considered red meat.

Even though some cuts of pork, such as a pork tenderloin, resembles the color of chicken, it still follows under the category of livestock. All livestock, including lamb, beef và pork are considered red meat.


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Cutting up whole chicken breasts to lớn make ground chicken sausage.


Ever since then, I have eliminated as much pork from my diet as well.That meant no more pork chops, pulled pork, bacon or sausage.

I didn’t mind giving up thick slices of a pork loin or even ham. But for me, my weekend breakfast isn’t complete without bacon or sausage.

Turkey Bacon và Sausage – Healthy or Not?

My first instinct was to buy turkey bacon & sausage crumbles. It took me awhile to lớn adjust to lớn the changes in texture & taste.

But as a healthier option, it would due. But is it truly a healthy option?

Ever since I have developed food allergies, I have learned to lớn read và investigate nutritional labels on food packages.

Unless I am in the produce aisle, I am always a little, or sometimes a lot, shocked at what I find.


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My Hamilton Beach Food Processor makes ground chicken sausage a breeze.


The amount of sodium in a single piece of turkey bacon can be double và sometimes even triple of that in a traditional piece of pork bacon. Và it isn’t much better for turkey sausage patties.

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I wouldn’t consider that a healthy option at all.

So I began to search for other options.

Ground Chicken Sausage

I really wanted to stick with chicken. I have been making my own ground chicken from chicken breasts for years.

No, I don’t have a meat grinder. My simple Hamilton Beach Duo Food Processor does the trick.

I simply cut the chicken breasts into 1-2 inch cubes and push pulse a few times. Within seconds, I have ground chicken at a fraction of the cost lớn purchase it at the grocery store.

Now all I had to vì was to figure out how to spice it up khổng lồ get that classic sausage taste.


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The spices mixed with chicken that make for the perfect ground chicken sausage.


After a few attempts, I found the perfect combination of spices lớn make the homemade ground chicken sausage the perfect và healthy breakfast protein.

Because we like our sausage with a little kick, we added a few ingredients to lớn make it a little more on the spicy side. However, if you don’t lượt thích any spice you can cut the cayenne & red pepper flakes in half.

However, I don’t recommend eliminating them all together. Just a little bit will add flavor without adding heat khổng lồ your chicken sausage.

One final tip – don’t skip the overnight refrigeration process. This gives time for the spices lớn penetrate the meat completely before cooking.

I actually buy chicken in bulk & make homemade ground chicken sausage ahead of time. I grind the meat, mix in the seasonings và place half pound sections into the freezer.


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Meal prep ahead of time và make chicken sausage patties & freeze them until ready to be cooked.


Whenever the urge strikes, I simply pull it out and it is ready to cook. No waiting time required!

To see all of our Breakfast recipes (healthy và not healthy) click here: Breakfast Recipes

Enjoy!

Mary & Jim

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Homemade Ground Chicken Sausage


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Homemade ground chicken sausage using no preservatives và only chicken breasts and spices.


Ingredients

1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless2 large garlic cloves, chopped1 teaspoon onion powder1 tablespoons chili powder2 tablespoons paprika1 teaspoon cayenne1 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon dried oregano1/2 teaspoon dried thyme1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground đen pepper

Instructions

Cut chicken breasts into 1-2 inch chunks. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a small bowl combine the spices and mix until well incorporated. Sprinkle the seasoning over the chicken và toss well. Place the meat into a food processor & grind until the desired consistency has been achieved. Cover và refrigerate for 24 hours. Use ground sausage as directed in recipes or khung into patties and cook until center temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Notes


Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms


Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 gramsAmount Per Serving:Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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