A New Chicken Sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by couger78, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    I picked up something like 20 lbs of boned chicken thighs at the local market (89¢ a pound!). So now its time for some chicken sausage! The boys aren't crazy about chicken thighs (nor am I), so making sausage with the chicken is a good deal.

    I'll be making a 5-pound batch of the Thai-style chicken sausage I've made several times before ( a big favorite in our house), but I wanted to try something NEW as well. I read several chicken recipes and decided to create a version with some of the 'italian' ingredients I had on hand. so here's my go at...

    "Chicken Sausage with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Basil & Parmesan Cheese"  [​IMG]

    First the ingredients. I took the sun-dried tomatoes and soaked/marinated them for about 3 days in a good italian olive oil. The oil will pick up an orange hue & some of the 'tang' from the tomatoes. The tomatoes soften nicely.

    Heres all the stuff:


    Oh, and the chicken....

    I ground up about 8.5 pound of the thighs; half of them had skin so in went the skin as well...


    I separated the ground chicken into two bowls and added the ingredients to each. Hand-mixed both until a sticky paste formed. For the Thai-style sausage, I'm using 22mm natural sheep casings; for the other: 32mm pork casings.

    All stuffed & ready to go:


    Nice color on the NEW sausages...


    I warmed up the poacher as I prefer to pre-cook all my chicken sausage. 165° and into the bath goes the larger links. These will cook for about 25 minutes until an IT of 165° is reached. 


    The thai-style took about 15 minutes due to the smaller diameter


    SAMPLE time for the NEW sausage:

    A nicely-spiced, juicy, flavorful chicken sausage.

    These would go great with pasta & good marinara sauce. Garlicky, with an nice herbal basil flavor and the tang of the SD tomatoes is terrific! I'm very happy with these! My wife likes them better than the Thai-style—which used to be her favorite.

    Here's a slice shot: the overall color should or would be a bit darker when these are grilled or browned in a pan. As they are pictured, they've only been lightly poached. A very tasty sausage, none-the-less!


    snorkelinggirl and smokinal like this.
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks delicious!!
  3. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look Great!! Well Done
  4. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Awesome Cougar................... They look great......................[​IMG]

  5. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks, guys.

    If you're interested in trying these, here's the recipe I used:

    Chicken Sausage

    with Basil, Cheese & Sun-Dried tomatoes

    Makes 5 pounds

    4.75 lbs Chicken thighs & skins (2150 g)

    1/2 cup fresh garlic, finely-chopped (60g)

    2/3 cup fresh basil, chopped (40g)

    4 tsp Kosher salt (30g)

    1 Tbl Black pepper (7.2g)

    1 tsp Nutmeg (2.2g)

    1/2 tsp Allspice (1.0g)

    2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (90g)**

    2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded (55g)

    1/3 cup olive oil**

    ** soak sun-dried tomatoes in the olive oil for 2-3 days, room temp. Chop tomatoes into small pieces before mixing into meat

    32mm hog casings

    Partially freeze then grind the chicken with skins through a medium plate.

    Mix all ingredients into the ground chicken & mix well until it forms a sticky paste.

    Fry a sample to adjust seasoning, if necessary. Stuff into casings; 5-inch length.

    Grill, fry or poach for later use.

    Hope you enjoy 'em as much as we do!

  6. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great! Nice to some chicken sausage.
  7. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the pics and recipe. I've been meaning to try some turkey or chicken sausage so I think I will start here. Look fantastic!! Are you happy with the results? Would you change anything? How did the basil flavor come out?

    Thanks for sharing!
  8. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    Oh yea....[​IMG]
  9. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    I'm very pleased with how the flavors came out in this sausage. Chicken makes a pretty 'bland' sausage, so its a perfect platform for trying bolder ingredient combinations. The basil is very prominent, but not overwhelming, and balances out nicely with the 'perfumey-ness' of the nutmeg/allspice combo. The garlic is obviously present, but the kicker is the SD tomatoes—those really shine in this recipe, adding a nice 'tang' or tartness. The parmesan brings a subtle bit of 'nuttiness' and salt.

    If I'd change anything, I'd consider adding some toasted pine nuts to add another textural component.

    Last edited: Jun 26, 2012
  10. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks good.
    Copy this to evernotes file .
  11. Those look good, thanks for the recipe, will have to look around for a sale on chicken.

  12. jack07

    jack07 Meat Mopper

    Looks great...thanks for sharing!
  13. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    Kevin, those look great! I'll have to look for some chicken now too!
  14. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for sharing I'm going to try chicken breast this weekend got it on sale for $ 1.25 lb
  15. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    You many need to add a bit more fat as chicken breasts are quite lean.

  16. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like those came out awesome - congrats 
  17. mds51

    mds51 Meat Mopper

    This recipe looks great with a lot of flavors. Would you please share the Thai recipe that you mentioned . Thank You for a great post. mds51
  18. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    I have some pork fat I'll be adding any other ideas are welcome or comments hate to spoil all that meat.
  19. 1finder

    1finder Smoke Blower

    Tried the chix recipe w/ minor tweaks, they turned out great... Never
    did a chix sausage before, the sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil make these along
    w/ getting a good sear or caramelization on them. Made some into patties after
    trying test patty (was so good) and linked up the rest.
    Thank you for the recipe, Thai does sound intriguing also.

  20. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Pork fat will work just fine; so will chicken fat (and chicken skins as well). The key is getting the sausage fat content up to approximately 17-20% range by weight.

    Lean, skinless chicken breast is only 3% fat; with skins, about 10-12%.


Share This Page