The best 10-minute crispy air fryer chicken sausages! Use your favorite sweet, savory, or spicy links and serve them for a quick and easy breakfast, lunch, or weeknight dinner. The best healthy recipe!
Crispy air fryer chicken sausages
I love chicken sausages. They are the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Usually, I cook them on the stovetop, but they never get as crispy as I want. So I decided to air fry them, and, boy, was that a good decision!
These air fryer chicken sausages are next-level delicious! They are tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. You can air fry the whole chicken sausage or cut them into bite-sized pieces to get even crispier.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can use any flavor of chicken sausages you want. I love Italian for lunch and dinner and maple apple for breakfast. Plus, you can use frozen, uncooked, or pre-cooked sausages. The recipe is easy and very customizable.
Why you’ll love this healthy recipe
- Quick & Easy: Ready in 10 minutes
- Versatile: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, and Side
- Texture: Crispy chicken sausages
- Easy Clean-Up: No pans, bowls, or mess!
- Healthy Recipe: They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and keto
- High Protein: This recipe is super high in protein
- Customizable: Use any flavor of pre-cooked, uncooked, or frozen chicken sausages
- Low-Carb: No carb in this recipe; just chicken sausages!
- If you loved this recipe, you have to try these Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs or these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders next!
You only need one ingredient, plus olive oil spray, to make air fryer chicken sausages! So grab your favorite flavor of chicken sausage, and let’s get cooking.
- Chicken Sausage: I used Italian-flavored chicken sausage and served them with sauteed vegetables. Feel free to use any flavor you want! My family loves spicy herbs, maple apples, and Mexican-flavored ones.
- Avocado Oil or Olive Oil Cooking Spray: To ensure crispy chicken sausages.
Kitchen tools needed
You only need a few kitchen utensils to make this crispy and easy air-fried chicken sausage. Clean-up is easy! Here is a list:
- Air Fryer
How to make air fryer chicken sausages
Air fryer chicken sausages are so easy to make. Any level cook can make them in under 10 minutes. Follow these straightforward step-by-step instructions on how to air fry pre-cooked, uncooked, or frozen chicken sausages:
First, preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
Then, place chicken sausages in a single layer into the preheated air fryer. They should NOT overlap. If sausages are uncooked, poke 3 – 4 small holes with a sharp knife in each sausage before air frying.
Step 3: The chicken sausages
Pre-cooked: Most chicken sausages come pre-cooked. Simple, air fry for 8 – 10 minutes, flipping them halfway through until brown, slightly crisp, with an internal temperature of 165°F. Every air fryer is different, so check at the 6-minute mark! They might be done.
Uncooked: If your chicken sausages come raw, air fry them for 12 – 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through until brown, slightly crisp, with an internal temperature of 165°F.
Frozen: If your chicken sausages are frozen, air fry them for 12 – 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through until brown, slightly crisp, with an internal temperature of 165°F.
Serve bunless with your favorite side salad, roasted or grilled vegetables for dinner, with eggs for breakfast, or in a bun with toppings.
- Pick the right sausages: We recommend opting for chicken sausages made with quality ingredients and minimal additives. Our favorite brand is Bilinski’s. You can choose any flavor you desire.
- Poke the sausages with a knife: This prevents the sausages from bursting while cooking and allows excess steam to escape.
- Lightly Oil or Spray: Lightly oil or spray the sausages to ensure they get crispy and to prevent sticking.
- Don’t overcrowd your air fryer: Ensure that your sausages aren’t overlapping so that they can get crispy! If you have a small air fryer, cook in batches.
- Adjust the cooking time: Every air fryer is different, so feel free to adjust the cooking time as you see fit based on the size of the sausages and the power of your air fryer.
- Use turkey, pork, or beef sausages: You can use other types of sausages, like beef, turkey, or pork, instead of chicken.
- Use sausage patties: Easily use chicken sausage patties instead of links!
- Freeze or store leftovers: Easily store leftovers for meal prep. Let the sausages cool to room temperature before storing them in your refrigerator or freezer. Follow the storage instructions below!
- Use an air fryer grill: Follow the same instructions.
What to serve with chicken sausages
You can serve so many things with chicken sausages. It truly depends on what meal you are making them for. Here are a few ideas:
Breakfast & Brunch:
- Pancakes: We love these Banana Foster Pancakes, almond flour banana pancakes, and classic fluffy oat milk pancakes.
- Potatoes: Try these crispy air fryer hash browns or these home fries.
- Waffles: Try these insanely delicious flourless banana oat waffles or these Nutella waffles.
- Breakfast Sandwich: The best homemade healthy breakfast sandwich.
Lunch & Dinner:
- Salad: air fryer chicken sausage goes well with any type of salad. Try this kale crunch salad, orzo pesto salad, Greek spinach salad, or broccolini salad.
- Soup: There is nothing better than a cozy bowl of this classic tomato soup, chickpea soup, or this lightened-up potato soup.
- Potatoes: These smashed fingerling potatoes and these air fryer fingerling potatoes are next-level delicious!
- Grilled Corn: Grilled corn on the cob makes for a delicious and seasonal side dish.
- Pasta: A simple, flavor pasta like this lemon caper pasta or a nourishing red sauce pasta.
- Quinoa or Rice: A healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice is a nutritious and filling side option.
- Roasted Vegetables: Try these balsamic brussel sprouts, air fryer broccolini, or this cheesy parmesan zucchini.
Is chicken sausage healthy?
Yes, chicken sausage is healthy, depending on the brand you use and the additional ingredients in the sausages. Overall, chicken sausage is high in lean protein, low in sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free, and keto. However, make sure you buy ones with minimal processed ingredients and sugars.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use turkey, beef, or pork sausage?
Yes! You can use any type of sausage links for this recipe. You can even use sausage patties. Just follow the same instructions.
What’s the texture of air fryer chicken sausage?
Air fryer chicken sausages are slightly crispy on the outside and tender warm on the inside.
Can I use uncooked chicken sausage?
Yes, feel free to use uncooked chicken sausages for this recipe. Poke 3 – 4 small holes with a sharp knife in each sausage link, then air fry for 12 – 15 minutes. Flip them halfway through until brown, slightly crisp, with an internal temperature of 165°F.
Can I use frozen chicken sausage?
Yes, you can certainly use frozen chicken sausages as well. This recipe is super customizable. Add the frozen chicken sausages to the basket and air fry for 12 – 15 minutes until warm and crispy.
Are chicken sausages pre-cooked, or do they need to be fully cooked before eating?
Chicken sausages are typically pre-cooked, but I always recommend checking the package instructions or cooking them until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
Is chicken sausage gluten-free?
Yes, most chicken sausages are gluten-free; double-check on the packaging.
Is this recipe healthy?
Yes, this recipe is healthy. Chicken sausages are a great source of lean protein, with minimal sugar and processed ingredients. They’re also gluten-free, low-carb, keto, grain-free, and dairy-free.
How long do you cook chicken sausages in an air fryer?
Chicken sausages take about 8 minutes to cook in an air fryer.
Can I freeze cooked chicken sausages?
Yes, you can freeze cooked chicken sausages. Ensure they are properly cooled and stored in an airtight container or freezer bag to maintain their quality for up to 2-3 months in the freezer.
How to store and reheat air fryer chicken sausages:
Storing: For best results, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reheating: Reheat air fryer chicken sausages in the air fryer for 3 – 5 minutes at 350°F or in the microwave for 45 – 90 seconds or until warm. For best results, I recommend air frying to reheat.
If you loved this air fryer recipe, try these next!
- Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
- Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets
- Air Fryer Chicken Burgers
- Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Breast
- Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken
- Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs
- Air Fryer Greek Yogurt Chicken
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders (No Breading)
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Air Fryer Chicken Sausages
- 4 – 6 chicken sausages, precooked or uncooked (any flavor)
- Avocado oil or olive oil cooking spray
- Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
- Place chicken sausages in a single layer into the preheated air fryer. Spray with a little avocado or olive oil cooking spray. They should NOT overlap. If sausages are uncooked, poke 3 – 4 small holes with a sharp knife in each sausage before air frying.
- Pre-Cooked Sausages: Air fry for 8 – 10 minutes, flipping them halfway through until brown, slightly crisp, with an internal temperature of 165°F. Every air fryer is different, so check at the 6-minute mark! They might be done.
- Uncooked & Frozen Sausages: Air fry for 12 – 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through until brown, slightly crisp, with an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Serve bunless with your favorite side salad, roasted or grilled vegetables for dinner, with eggs for breakfast, or in a bun with toppings.
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