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How to Bake Chicken Sausage So It’s Always Juicy and Flavorful

How to bake chicken sausage

“Baking chicken sausage to perfection is easier than you think,” says Julia. 

But don’t be fooled – there are insider tips for ultrajuicy, ridiculously crispy sausages. 

Curious? Keep reading to discover the little-known tricks for salon-worthy baked sausage, from the ideal oven temp to a steamy moisture-locking technique. Your sausage game is about to level up!

Key Takeaway

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
  • Place raw or pre-cooked chicken sausages on the prepared baking sheet, leaving an inch of space between each one. Raw sausages will take 20-25 minutes to reach 165°F internally.
  • Bake until the sausages are lightly browned and the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Use a food thermometer inserted into the thickest part for an accurate reading. They’re done when they’re no longer pink and the juices run clear.

Oven Baking Methods

Preheating the Oven

It’s important to preheat your oven to ensure even, thorough cooking. After years of trying different techniques, I’ve found that preheating to 375-400°F (190-200°C) works well for baking chicken sausage (1).

Preparing the Baking Sheet

To make clean up easy, I like to line the baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. The foil and paper contain any mess so your baking sheet stays clean and easy to wipe down when you’re done.

Arranging the Sausages

I arrange the raw or pre-cooked chicken sausages on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a few inches between each sausage. Here is a table showing recommended spacing:

Sausage Quantity Spacing Between Each
1-4 sausages 2 inches
5-8 sausages 1-2 inches
9+ sausages 1 inch

Leaving space allows heat to circulate so the sausages cook evenly without steaming.

Baking Time

The following table shows approximate baking times based on the sausage thickness. I always use a food thermometer to check that the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) for food safety (2):

Sausage Thickness Approx. Baking Time
1/2 inch or less 20-25 minutes
1/2-1 inch 23-28 minutes
Over 1 inch 25-30 minutes

With these oven baking methods, you can enjoy juicy, satisfied chicken sausages that are also light in saturated fat and easy to prepare. Experiment with different flavors to find your favorites.

Enhancing Flavor and Texture

How to bake chicken sausage

After baking chicken sausage for years, I’ve discovered simple methods for optimizing flavor and developing an ideal texture. Broiling is a quick way to add crispness, while selected vegetables boost nutritional value (3).


Broiling for Crispness

For a lightly charred exterior, this table shows broiling instructions:

Baking Method Broiling Time Notes
Baked only 2-3 minutes Broil 6 inches from heating element to avoid burning
Baked + broiled 30-60 seconds Sausage will already be hot from baking

Broiling for a minute or two on each side helps render more fat from the sausage while imparting a roasted, savory quality.

Adding Vegetables

The following list shows favorite vegetables for the oven:

  • Yellow bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Cherry tomatoes

I often toss assorted sliced veggies and italian seasoning on a baking sheet with oven baked chicken sausage. 

At 375°F, the typical cook time is 18-25 minutes until the sausage and vegetables are tender.

Serving sausage with an array of colorful, nutritious vegetables makes an easy family dinner. Feel free to get creative with your own combinations! The vegetables soak up savory sausage juices for rich flavor.

With these simple techniques, you can give oven-baked chicken sausage an extra layer of taste and texture. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different herb mixtures or try turning the sausages mid-bake for an evenly cooked and caramelized meal.


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Ensuring Food Safety

Checking Sausage Type

It’s important to first read the packaging labels to understand if your chicken sausage is pre-cooked or raw. After years of oven cooking different sausages, I’ve found the following table outlines what to look for:

Sausage Type Packaging Label Indicates Baking Approach
Pre-cooked Fully cooked, heat to serve, cooked chicken sausage Just needs warming in oven
Raw Fresh, uncooked, raw chicken sausage Requires full baking time for safety

This step helps you prepare appropriately based on the sausage’s existing cook state.

Verifying Internal Temperature

For food safety, it’s crucial to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of chicken sausage. The following list shows thermometer use:

  • Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the sausage.
  • The minimum safe internal temperature for poultry sausage is 165°F (74°C).
  • Continue baking until the thermometer reads 165°F or above.
  • For raw sausages especially, don’t rely solely on color or texture—the thermometer prevents undercooking.

Only when the sausage registers 165°F throughout can you be sure any harmful bacteria has been eliminated. Serving hot chicken sausage straight from the oven and enjoying makes the most of its irresistible flavor!

By double checking the sausage type and internal temp, home cooks can feel confident about properly baking chicken sausage for family dinners or gatherings. Most importantly, always play it safe with food safety in mind.


What vegetables can I use to vary depending on what I have on hand?

You have lots of options to vary the vegetables depending on what you have available. Common choices include brussels sprouts, broccoli florets, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, zucchini or cauliflower. 

You can also use a mix of veggies like bell peppers, brussels sprouts, mushroom and red onion. Experiment with your favorites.

How do I preheat the oven and how long do I cook the sheet pan meal?

To bake chicken sausage and vegetables, preheat your oven to 400°F. line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray. 

Toss the raw chicken sausage links, chopped or sliced vegetables and a bit of olive oil on the sheet pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until the sausage is fully cooked through and the vegetables are tender. 

The cooking time can vary depending on the size of sausage pieces and thickness of cut vegetables.

Is chicken sausage a protein packed option for easy weeknight dinners?

Yes, chicken sausage is a very healthy and protein-packed option for quick and easy weeknight dinners. 

A single chicken sausage provides 10-14 grams of protein. By pairing it with roasted vegetables on a sheet pan, you get a complete meal that is full of flavor but requires little hands-on cooking time. 

Sheet pan meals with chicken sausage are perfect for busy weeknights when you want a delicious home-cooked dinner but don’t have a lot of time.

What oils and seasonings are best for cooking chicken sausage?

A little olive oil or avocado oil is best for baking chicken sausage. This helps the sausage and vegetables from drying out and adds flavor. 

As for seasonings, salt and pepper are always a nice simple option. You can also use herbs and spices like oregano, thyme, garlic powder or red pepper flakes. Italian seasoning blend also works well paired with the sausage. 

Experiment with different seasoning combinations to find your favorite flavor profiles.

Can I use precooked chicken sausage instead of raw?

Yes, you can certainly use precooked chicken sausage in sheet pan meals if that’s what you have on hand.

 Precooked sausage will only need a shorter baking time, about 10-15 minutes, until heated through. 

Be sure to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches 165°F. Using precooked sausage saves even more time in the kitchen.

How do I cook Italian sausage on the stove before baking?

If using raw Italian chicken sausage, you’ll want to cook it partially on the stove before baking. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and add a tbsp of olive oil. 

Add the sausage links and brown on all sides, turning frequently, for about 5-7 minutes. This step can also be done in the oven at 400°F for 10-12 minutes. Partial cooking the sausage first ensures it is fully cooked through by the end of baking.


After trying various cooking methods, I’ve found that baking is a simple yet delicious way to prepare chicken sausage. Sheet pan meal have become a staple in my house for quick and easy dinners. 

I love the variety – veggies and seasonings can be swapped to keep meals interesting. One favorite combination is sausage links with brussels sprouts, red peppers and olive oil sprinkled with Italian seasoning. 

The flavors blend beautifully after baking. Baking sausage is foolproof – as long as it reaches an internal temp of 165°F, it will be juicy and flavorful. A preheated 400°F oven does the trick in around 20 minutes. Sheet pan bakes require minimal hands-on time, making them perfect for busy weeknights.

Have you tried baking chicken sausage before? I’d love to hear about your favorite sheet pan combinations and cooking tips in the comments below.


  1. https://butterypan.com/how-to-cook-chicken-sausage/
  2. https://kitchentiptricks.com/how-long-to-cook-chicken-sausage-in-oven/
  3. https://recipes.net/articles/how-to-broil-a-sausage-in-the-oven/

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