Simple Air Fryer Chicken Sausage

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This simple Air fryer Chicken Sausage is super quick and easy to make. These sausages are cooked to perfection in just 10 minutes, faster and cleaner than cooking on the stove top.

air fryer chicken sausage

Chicken sausage is the perfect go-to when you’re hungry but don’t know what to make or are feeling lazy. I often make it for dinner with some peppers and onions on the side. They make a great lunch, snack, dinner – even a delicious breakfast. I mean, what’s not to love?

Why You’ll Love It

  • Crispy and Juicy: Air frying chicken sausage results in a deliciously crispy exterior while keeping the insides juicy and flavorful.
  • Healthier Option: Enjoy a lighter alternative to traditionally fried sausages, as air frying requires minimal oil, reducing overall calorie and fat content.
  • Quick and Convenient: Air fryer chicken sausage cooks in a fraction of the time it takes to bake or grill, making it a convenient option for busy weeknight dinners or quick snacks.

» These Air Fryer Peppers and Onions are a great side to serve with this chicken sausage.

Ingredients You Need

Ingredients for air fryer chicken sausage
  • Chicken Sausage: The only ingredient you need here is the sausage. You can easily get them from any grocery store. However, they often come in several flavors. I prefer Aidell’s Smoked Chicken Sausage or Chicken & Apple Sausage.
  • Onion and bell pepper: Optional. They make an easy side dish cooked at the same time.

While this recipe specifically focuses on chicken sausage, that’s not the only type of sausage you can cook in the air fryer with this recipe. Any sausages you like that are roughly the same size can be cooked in 10 minutes. Cut the time down for smaller sausages.

Equipment Information

sausage in the package

Helpful Tips

  • Remember that all air fryers cook at a different rate, due to differing wattages. It’s always best to keep an eye on the sausages as they cook, and use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • While air fryers require less oil than traditional frying methods, lightly spraying or brushing the sausages with oil can help enhance browning and flavor.
  • After air frying, allow the sausages to rest for a few minutes before serving to help redistribute the juices and ensure optimal flavor and texture.
Air fryer chicken sausage with onions and peppers

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Sausage

Making chicken sausages in an air fryer is super easy. The whole process takes no more than 10 minutes. Here are three simple steps you have to follow to make perfectly cooked sausage in an air fryer:

Step 1: Place the Sausage in the Air Fryer Basket

onions and peppers with chicken sausage on top in the air fryer basket

Remove the sausage from the packaging and place them in the air fryer basket. It’s okay if they overlap, if you want to cook multiple sausages at once. The only thing you shouldn’t do is cut them in half, because they’ll leak all of their delicious juices as they cook.

Step 2: Air Fry the Sausage

Cooked sausage in the air fryer basket

Cook the sausages for about 10 minutes at 375ºF (190ºC), turning them over halfway through cooking. Once done, take them out of the basket and serve.

Step 3: Add Onion and Bell Pepper – Optional

cooked chicken sausage, onions, and peppers in the air fryer basket

You can add sliced onion and bell pepper to the air fryer basket underneath the sausage if desired. You will want to spray the basket with cooking oil to keep the onions and peppers from sticking to the basket.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many sausages can I cook in the air fryer in one go?

It depends on the size of your air fryer basket. However, to cook more sausages at once, you can stack them upon each other, or they may overlap just a little. They will cook just fine if stacked. But if you want the sausages to get browned, don’t overlap them.

Will my sausages be ready in exactly 10 minutes?

The cooking time for sausage depends on the thickness of the sausage. Not every sausage will cook perfectly in exactly 10 minutes. However, we’ve made a lot of different type of sausages in the air fryer and all of the typical sized sausages we’ve made have been perfect in 10 minutes.
If you are cooking an especially large sausage or smaller sausages, like breakfast links, they will take more or less time, respectively.

Do you need to preheat the air fryer before cooking sausages?

I never preheat my air fryer. Most recipes that you find online or in the air fryer recipe books that come with your air fryer do not recommend pre-heating. The size of the basket is small enough that it’s not necessary. So if you do pre-heat yours, you should cut down on the stated cooking time, because it will be thrown off by pre-heating.

Air fryer chicken sausage with onions and peppers

What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

Here are 28 more air fryer side dishes to try

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Air fryer chicken sausage with onions and peppers

Simple Air Fryer Chicken Sausage

This simple Air fryer Chicken Sausage is super quick and easy to make. These sausages are cooked to perfection in just 10 minutes, faster and cleaner than cooking on the stove top.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 189 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 4 chicken sausages like Aidell’s
  • 1 onion sliced, optional
  • 1 bell pepper sliced, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer on for 5 mins.
  • Place as many air fryer sausages in the basket as you want.
  • Cook the chicken sausage on 375ºF (190ºC) for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time. The internal temperature should be 165ºF(74°C) when done.
  • You can add sliced onion and bell pepper to the air fryer basket underneath the sausage if desired. You will want to spray the basket with cooking oil to keep the onions and peppers from sticking to the basket.
  • Air fryer models vary and some cook hotter than others. Keep an eye on the sausage the first time you make this recipe, in case yours cooks faster. Adjust the time as needed.

Notes

  • Remember that all air fryers cook at a different rate, due to differing wattages. It’s always best to keep an eye on the sausages as they cook, and use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • While air fryers require less oil than traditional frying methods, lightly spraying or brushing the sausages with oil can help enhance browning and flavor.
  • After air frying, allow the sausages to rest for a few minutes before serving to help redistribute the juices and ensure optimal flavor and texture.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 14gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 872mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1232IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Onions, Peppers, Sausage
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