Chicken Apple Sausage and a Winner!

I have to think that January and February are my least favorite months of the year.  It’s days like today that I think back to our days in the summer of me and Tony hanging out under our gazebo with a couple beers watching the Sox game.  Spring cannot get here soon enough (and I think the White Sox are going to have a great year!)

And it’s days like today that I am so happy I don’t work in downtown Chicago anymore!  The last law firm I worked at was on north Michigan Avenue, almost to Water Tower.  So when I left my house at 7 to catch the 7:15 train, I would get into the train station at 8:25, then it was a good 25 minute walk from the train station to my office!  Brrr!!  Although, in the nicer months, I did enjoy taking the water taxi to Michigan Avenue – it was like planes, trains and automobiles just to get to my desk!

Do you get Cuisine at Home?  I’ve never subscribed to it, but every once in a while I get a free copy.  They had a recipe for chicken apple breakfast sausage that looked really good.  Although I changed it up quite a bit with what I had on hand, and of course left off the onions! 😀

Chicken Apple Sausage (printer friendly version here)

Course: main meals

PointsPlus™ Value:    3

Servings:  4

Preparation Time:  5 min

Cooking Time:  10 min

Level of Difficulty:  Easy


12 oz uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 medium apple(s), cut into quarters and seeds removed

1 Tbsp dried parsley

1 tsp caraway seeds

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or Cajun seasoning like I used)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp olive oil, (for pan frying)


Toss all ingredients (except olive oil) in a food processor.

Pulse until just combined. I weighed this mixture, and it came in at exactly 16 ounces, so I measured out 4 ounce patties.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat, and cook until each side is browned, about 4 minutes per side.

Serve with a fried egg on top and fresh fruit.

Do you have a Big Lots by you? All of their seasonings are only $1!

don't over process - just pulse until combined (I left the apple skin on too)

These make pretty big patties:

Breakfast comes in at 9 PointsPlus

I am submitting this to Christina’s Friday Firsts.  😀

I don’t know if it was all the protein or what, but this kept me full for hours!  I had a work obligation at lunch time and wasn’t sure I would be able to work out.  I usually don’t like to eat before working out, and I thought it may be too late, but I was fine.  I walked for 45 minutes (still got a stuffy nose!) and didn’t end up eating my lunch until 2:30!

One serving of my Buffalo Chicken Chili with a serving of tortilla chips (which I have to remember are 4 points, not 3!):  10 Points Plus.

And since I had 51 points yesterday, and I had to make sure I paid attention to my points today.  Dinner was 4 ounces of grilled chicken over a bed of mixed greens with a tablespoon of light balsamic dressing – 5 Points (+7 points for wine during the evening).

Stats for Thursday:

  • 33 points, 1 flex point remains and 11 activity points earned (you don’t earn very many just walking!)
  • 45 minute walk, 2.8 miles
  • average blood sugar 113

And now onto the winner of the variety pack case of Chobani!

True Random Number Generator 106 2

The winner is . . .

Jacky says:

Lucky you! I love Chobani, especially straight up with granola. Hope you are felling better today!

I used to think if I was first or second on a giveaway, I never had a chance to win – congrats to Jacky who was the second commenter out of 106! 😀  Send me your mailing address at and I’ll forward it onto Chobani.

Have a great Friday and Weekend!  And thanks for all your well wishes about Tony’s medical results – we’ll hear back either today or Monday at the latest – keep your positive vibes coming our way!

p.s.  Can you stop by my brother Charlie’s blog and leave him a Happy Birthday message?  His birthday is tomorrow – HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE!


40 thoughts on “Chicken Apple Sausage and a Winner!

  1. I will def. be trying this! It looks so good, and would be super easy to reheat once I get to work. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Oh yea, so excited I won! Typo and all.

    Days like today I am so glad I have the option to work at home, commuting downtown in this weather is brutal. I get Cuisine at Home, the kids like to pick out recipes from it to have me make. That sausage caught my eye, I like your version.

    Stay warm!

  3. There is a recipe for chicken sausage in a taste of home book I have that in the back of my mind, I have been wanting to try. I have never made sausage before.

    Congrats to your winner! 🙂

  4. oh ya, its friggin COLD here too today…and snowy. So done with winter…so done. lol

  5. Hey, where’s your review of the sausages! They look and sound good, but what did you think? Guess what we’re having for dinner tonight. Your chicken tikka masala! I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting to make it for MONTHS! I’m so happy I finally remembered to put it on the meal plan b4 we went grocery shopping. I left Charlie and message. 🙂

  6. Okay I WILL make that chili someday. And the sausage looks delicious – very healthy!

    Great job on the WW. I seem to alternate between 34 and 40 points a day. I can never make it under that.

  7. Oh my, that is COLD!! We have been lucky to be in the 30’s around here. Don’t ya hate that walking only gives you like 1 point per 10 minutes, when jogging, swimming, or biking is more!

  8. Those sausages look fantastic! I would never have thought to make my own sausage, but I bet it’s so much better for you than store-bought!

  9. YUMM, i never really think of sausage in the AM but that chicken-apple combo sounds goood 😀 I visited my cuz last Feb in Chicago- oomggg…it was SO fun going down Michigan Ave.but I was frozen haha. Best wishes to the fam- glad u had a good day in spite of yesterday! 😀

  10. Biz we use to live in Davenport Iowa and we would go to Chicago a couple times a year and I loved shopping at the Water Tower Plaza! That was quite the commute for you.

    I don’t miss the cold and snow of the Midwest! I am going to try those sausages, what a good points value for a pretty good size patty.

  11. Happy birthday to your brother! The sausages look amazing!

  12. Oh that apple sausage looks good! I’m saving that one! Thanks!

  13. Those patties look absolutely delicious!!

    It was ONE degree here this morning. 😦 I think Mother Nature has it out for us or something???! Crazy when a high of 25 seems warm, huh???? C’mon, spring!

  14. You made your own sausage? How cool is that?! And the chili at lunch looks amazing (although I’m not sure my belly could hold off until 2:30 ;)). Congrats to the chobani winner! What a fabulous prize. Enjoy your weekend too

  15. That crappy Arctic cold is coming my way. Do me a favor, would ya, and keep it in Chi-Town!

    Have a great weekend my friend.

  16. wow how decadent is your food!?? yum yum yum. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE

  17. Go get the Neti!!!! Seriously, you will be unstuffed in no time 🙂

    YUM to the sausage!

  18. I wouldn’t want to work in downtown Chicago, either…unless I lived down there, which I probably wouldn’t enjoy too much either. OP is the best of both worlds, I think…a really close burb with all the city-like living! But I’m probably biased 🙂

    The breakfast sausages sound wonderful! I could do the patties, but doing anything with casings would just freak me out!

    Have a great weekend, Biz! Oh, and GO CUBS!!!!!!!!!

    • Nicole, I am going to pretend I didn’t see the CUBS reference! And the winner of my Chobani is from Oak Park! She also went to OPRF and I played field hockey with her older sister! 😀

  19. Boy, I’m sure thankful that it’s not negative anything around here. It’s 45 and rainy over here in Western Washington.

    I’ve always loved chicken apple sausage. Pretty cool to know that it’s easy to make at home!

    TGIF!!!!! Have a great weekend!

  20. Your weather is insane. Hunker down! Stay inside! I’m cold just seeing that -4 on the computer screen!!!

    I have the ingredients to make your Buffalo chicken chili (except for the fresh veggies) – I swear, I’m really going to make it soon. Every time you post a picture of it I start drooling like Homer Simpson.

    Still sending good thoughts your and Tony’s way.

  21. My sis lives in Chicago and hates waiting for the bus in this weather! She texts me about it every time. 🙂

  22. We are having a blizzard here in B-lo!
    Hoping everything turns out alright – try and stay calm 🙂

  23. I can’t believe your daytime high is supposed to be 7! And everyone here is freaking out at the arctic airmass that will keep us at daytime highs in the mid 20s tomorrow!

    I think you would like the recipe I posted today–spicy chicken chili!

  24. Making my own chicken sausage sounds like such a good idea! It’s hard to find that in bulk and oftentimes I don’t want links/slices. Thanks for the idea!

  25. I’ve never made homemade sausage – they look yummy. I’ve seen those seasonings at Big Lots, but always put them back after seeing MSG on the ingredient list. Don’t know if it’s really even bad for you, but seems like something I don’t want to eat! 🙂 Happy Friday!

  26. Take me out to the ballgame! The chicken sausage looks good. I am saying a prayer for you and wishing you peace while you wait.

  27. -4! That is freezing!!!
    I just love recipes that combine fruit. The sweetness takes it to a whole other level. Thanks for sharing!
    Congrats to the winner!!

  28. Lovely looking dishes as always. That seems a little too cold for me. Good thing you make some nice warm foods, and I know you love to make it spicy too.

  29. You inspired me to make cake today:) Hope you like the post.

  30. -4 degrees?! I wouldn’t bother going outside, let alone work!

  31. Weighting For 50

    Hi Biz, I’m sending good thoughts down your way for Tony!!! Have a great weekend!!

  32. I get Cuisine at Home, as they are headquartered in Iowa, and my best friend used to work in HR there…therefore she started me on it. They do have some nice recipes!

  33. I LOVE sausage (that’s what she said!)

  34. and I complain when it is under 50…I HATE THE COLD!

  35. i TOTALLY agree wtih you about january and february. i feel like i’m simply tolerating these long cold months, i can’t wait for the spring!

    i love that magazine! i’ve never made my own sausage before, but i have got to try this. the flavors look and sound amazing, adn they are so low in points!

  36. Oh that apple chicken sausage looks so good! My old boss used to eat the TJ’s apple chicken links all the time. I don’t think I’ve eaten them since I quit that job! Thanks for the shout out!

  37. Yikes for those cold temps, ATL is bad enough for me 🙂

    Love chicken /apple sausage but never thought to make it myself, wonder if the fuss pot’s here would eat it?

  38. I pretty much love all sausages…even the hotdogs!
    I’m soooo glad I don’t live in the mid-west…I would never be able to stand the temp…but did you grow up in that area your whole life?

    And congrats to JAcky, the lucky gal! 🙂

  39. Could you send that -19F my way…like by 8am?? It’s suppose to be -31F here 🙂

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