Easy One-Pan Chicken Sausage Recipe: A Delightful Weeknight Meal

In the midst of the holiday season’s indulgences, it’s refreshing to have a quick and healthy meal that satisfies those cravings for fresh, nourishing ingredients. If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dish, look no further than this mouthwatering chicken sausage recipe inspired by Trader Joe’s.

The Perfect Ingredients

To recreate this sensational meal, you’ll need a few key ingredients:

  • Trader Joe’s Italian Style Chicken Sausage: This healthier alternative to traditional Italian sausage is a true gem. It offers the same savory flavors and is a fantastic choice for this recipe.

  • Tomato Paste: A few scoops of tomato paste will bring a rich and tangy flavor to the dish. If you don’t have tomato paste on hand, crushing some cherry tomatoes will provide a similar taste.

  • Chicken Broth: To enhance the flavors, opt for chicken broth when preparing this recipe.

  • Diced Shallot: The sweetness of shallots blends perfectly with the dish. However, if you don’t have any, a quarter of a regular yellow onion will do just fine.

  • Minced Garlic: The aromatic presence of garlic elevates any dish. Be sure to mince it yourself for the freshest flavor.

  • Spinach: This leafy green adds a vibrant freshness to the recipe. If you’re not a fan of spinach, you can substitute it with kale.

  • Heavy Cream: A touch of heavy cream adds a luscious creaminess to the dish. If you prefer a dairy-free alternative, oat milk is an excellent substitute.

  • Olive Oil: Use a high-quality olive oil to ensure a delightful taste in every bite.

  • Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning: These essential seasonings provide all the flavor you need to make this dish truly irresistible.

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Cooking Instructions

Now that you have gathered the ingredients, let’s get cooking:

  1. Start by cutting the chicken sausage into bite-sized pieces. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high heat and cook the sausage until crispy on both sides. Since the sausages come precooked, there’s no need to worry about internal temperature. Once cooked, remove them from the pan and set aside.

  2. In the same skillet, sauté the diced shallot in the remaining olive oil until fragrant and translucent (around 2-3 minutes). Add the minced garlic and continue stirring for another minute.

  3. Add tomato paste, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to the skillet. Mix well to combine the flavors. Then, gradually pour in chicken broth to emulsify the tomato paste, stirring until the paste dissolves completely.

  4. In a separate large pot of salted water, cook your choice of pasta until al dente. Remember to reserve a cup of pasta water before draining (Alternatively, you can cook the pasta directly in the sauce by ensuring it is fully covered and increasing the broth quantity if needed).

  5. Stir in a dash of heavy cream and increase the heat to high. Allow the mixture to bubble, then reduce the heat to low. Return the chicken sausage to the skillet and let it simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Add the spinach to the skillet and let it wilt in the sauce. Once ready, add the cooked pasta to the skillet and thoroughly combine everything.

  7. Optional: Top the dish with grated Parmesan cheese or grated Romano cheese for an extra burst of flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I freeze this dish?
A: Due to the combination of ingredients in the pan, including the pasta, it is not recommended to freeze this dish. However, you can freeze the chicken sausage until you’re ready to use it.

Q: What other proteins can I use besides chicken sausage?
A: This recipe also works well with shrimp or diced chicken. If using chicken, coat the pieces in seasoned flour before cooking. Traditional sausage is another delicious option, although the Italian-style chicken sausage is highly recommended for its superior flavor profile.

Q: Which type of pasta should I use?
A: While the original recipe calls for brown rice pasta to keep it gluten-free, you can use a variety of pasta options, such as red lentil pasta, whole grain pasta, chickpea pasta, or even regular pasta.

Conclusion: A Flavorful Delight Awaits

With this easy one-pan chicken sausage recipe, you can whip up a delicious and satisfying meal in just 30 minutes. The combination of ingredients creates a harmonious balance of flavors that will leave you craving more. Whether you’re a meat lover or seeking a healthier alternative, this recipe offers a versatile and palate-pleasing experience.

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