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How to Roast Chicken Sausage to Perfection: Savor the Aromas

How to roast chicken sausage

According to cooking expert Jo, “Roast at 400°F for 20 minutes until 165°F inside”. 

But it’s not as simple as it sounds – to savor perfect aromas and flavors from chicken sausage, you must know special secrets before roasting. 

Keep reading to unlock juicy, browned sausage bliss.

Key Takeaways

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the chicken sausages on a baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through.

Cooking Methods for Roast Chicken Sausage


  • Place chicken sausages on a SHEET PANand dot with butter or olive oil. This allows the chicken sausage to get deliciously crispy on the outside while staying juicy within.
  • Cut BELL PEPPERS into strips and add to the sheet pan along with any other veggies like onions, carrots, Brussels sprouts etc. Toss everything with olive oil until evenly coated. 
  • Roast at 400°F for 20-30 minutes, flipping occasionally, until chicken sausage is cooked through and veggies are tender. Cooking time may vary depending on thickness of sausage. Use a meat thermometer to check internal temp of 165°F (1).
Chicken sausage links6 links
Bell peppers, sliced2 peppers
Olive oil1 tbsp
Salt and pepperTo taste
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The air fryer offers a quick, easy and HEALTHY way to cook chicken sausage with little to no oil.

  • Place chicken sausage links in the air fryer basket in a single layer, not touching. 
  • Air fry at 370°F for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway, until sausage is cooked through and crispy on all sides. Again, use a meat thermometer to check for 165°F internal temp.  
  • For extra crispiness, brush sausages with olive oil or cooking spray before air frying.
  • You can also add chopped vegetables like bell peppers or Brussels sprouts to the air fryer basket for the last 5-10 minutes of cooking time. The high heat crisps them up quickly!


Grilling lends chicken sausage great smoky flavor. Fire up the grill!

  • Brush the grates clean and heat grill to medium-high heat. 
  • Lightly oil thechicken sausage links and season all over with salt, pepper or favorite rub/spice mix.  
  • Grill sausage for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through and marked with grill lines. Again, use a meat thermometer to check internal temp of 165°F.
  • Enjoy grilled chicken sausage on buns or add to salads for delicious warm or cold meals. Top with grilled veggies like peppers and onions for extra flavor.

The versatile chicken sausage cooks up quickly whether ROASTED ON A SHEET PAN, air fried or GRILLED outdoors. 

Play with seasonal vegetables and herbs for maximum flavor and nutrition in these easy 30 minute meals. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Directions for Oven Roasting Chicken 

Whether you’re cooking for family on a busy weeknight or entertaining hungry guests, sheet pan chicken sausage is always a crowd favorite in my kitchen. 

With its simple preparation and one pan cleanup, it’s also one of the easiest and most versatile meals to make. 

As an avid home cook, I’m always looking for new ways to Jazz up my chicken sausage by roasting them on a sheet pan with fresh ingredients. With these easy ingredients, you’ll have your oven full of delicious chicken sausage in no time!


  • Chicken sausage links (8-12 oz package)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme)
  • Garlic cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. line a sheet pan with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. Place chicken sausages on the prepared sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss torn herb leaves and whole garlic cloves over the sausages.
  4. Roast for 20-30 minutes, turning sausages occasionally, until sausage is browned and cooked through. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of sausage should read at least 165°F.
  5. Allow sausages to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Roasted Chicken Sausage

I’ve found nothing beats a sheet pan full of chicken sausage roasted to crispy, flavorful perfection in the oven. 

Whether for weeknights or entertaining guests, sheet pan chicken sausage is a simple and satisfying on-one dish. And with a few tips, you’ll have these sausages cooked just right.

How to roast chicken sausage
  • Using a sheet pan allows fat to drip away from sausages during roasting, keeping them moist inside while crisping the outside. The parchment paper makes clean up a breeze.
  • Brush sausages with olive oil before and during roasting to keep them moist and add flavor. Generous seasoning ensures flavors penetrate (2).
  • Herbs and garlic add bright flavor. Rosemary and thyme are classic companions to chicken and sausage. Feel free to substitute your favorite herbs.
  • For crowd-pleasing variety, pair roasted chicken sausages with a mix of veggies like Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots, etc on the sheet pan.
  • Leftover roasted sausages reheat nicely in the microwave or can be enjoyed cold as part of salads or sandwiches. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Benefits of Cooking Chicken Sausage in the Oven

If you usually pan fry your chicken sausages on the stove, I encourage you to switch things up and try roasting them in the oven next time. 

As someone who has cooked chicken sausage just about every way, I can assure you the oven is truly the best method. 

With little effort, you’ll achieve juicy, cooked-through chicken sausage with a hint of crispiness on the outside. 

Over the next few paragraphs, I’ll share the top reasons why roasting in the oven is the ideal way to cook chicken sausage :

  • Oven heat cooks sausage evenly and thoroughly without overcooking vulnerable areas. An instant-read thermometer confirms doneness safely.
  • Little to no added fat is needed since oven heat crisps the exterior without contaminating the interior. This keeps sausage lower in fat and calories versus pan frying.
  • Sheet pans enable easy kitchen multitasking by roasting sausage and sides simultaneously. Simply remove pans from oven once all items are cooked through.
  • Oven roasted sausage boasts crispy edges and carries flavors from any fresh herbs or vegetables roasting alongside. The sausage soaks up all the delicious oven drippings too.
  • Unlike boiling or simmering methods, roasting in the oven retains sausage moisture and texture. It also allows Maillard browning reactions which enrich flavors.

roasting chicken sausage in the oven offers simplicity, versatility and results in moist, flavor-packed sausages perfect for any meal (3). Give this easy sheet pan recipe a try to enjoy juicy chicken sausage cooked to perfection!


Does sausage in oven mean roasting chicken sausage in the oven?

Yes, to “roast chicken sausage in the oven” and to put “sausage in oven” means the same thing. 

Both refer to cooking chicken sausage by placing it directly on a sheet pan or baking dish and baking it in the preheated oven.

Can I cook chicken sausage on a sheet pan?

Yes, cooking chicken sausage on a sheet pan is a simple and effective cooking method that leads to great results. 

By arranging the raw chicken sausage and cut vegetables in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, you can easily roast everything together in the oven. 

This is commonly called sheet pan cooking or sheet pan roasting. It allows the sausage and veggies to roast with the oven’s convection heat and develop flavor from all sides.

Can I roast chicken sausage with veggies?

Yes, you can definitely roast chicken sausage along with veggies like zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, potatoes or anything else you like. 

Combining “sausage and veggies” on one sheet pan is a great way to make a complete, roasted “sheet pan dinner” or “sheet pan meal”. 

The vegetables will take on flavor from the sausage as they roast together in the oven. Just be sure to cut the vegetables in similar sized pieces so they cook evenly.

How do I know when roasted veggies are fully cooked?

Like chicken sausage, you want to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of roasted vegetables to ensure they have reached a safe temperature for eating. 

Most vegetables are fully cooked at an internal temperature of 165°F as well. You can also check vegetables by piercing them with a fork – if the fork inserts smoothly, they are usually fully cooked. 

Things like carrots and sweet potatoes are fully cooked when they are tender when pierced with a fork. For bell peppers and zucchini, they are fully cooked when the skins or rinds are shriveled and blackened in spots.

What seasonings are best for roasted chicken sausage?

Seasonings that complement chicken sausage nicely include oregano, thyme, rosemary, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic powder, dried basil and parsley. 

Simply sprinkle seasoning mixtures over the sausages before baking. Italian seasoning blend, poultry seasoning or cajun seasoning also work great. 

Some people brush sausages with olive oil first for added moisture and flavor delivery. Fresh chopped garlic can also be tossed with the sausages. 

Experiment with different seasoning combos to discover your favorite pairings.

How do I properly preheat the oven for roasted chicken sausage?

It’s important to properly preheat your oven before roasting chicken sausage to ensure the best results. For crispy browned sausage and tender cooked vegetables, preheat your oven to 400°F. 

Most ovens take about 15-20 minutes to fully preheat to 400°F so it’s best to start preheating while preparing your sheet pan and ingredients. 

This allows the oven to reach the correct temperature in time for cooking. Always place food in a preheated oven to prevent uneven cooking. You’ll know the oven is preheated when the timer goes off or the preheat light turns off.


In conclusion, roasting chicken sausage in the oven is truly the best, easiest way for us home cooks to achieve tasty, juicy sausages with a hint of crispness every time. 

From my own experience putting sausage in the oven countless times, I can assure you that oven heat distributes evenly and cooks the sausages all the way through without drying them out like other methods can. 

As busy parents and people on the go, sheet pan sausage and veggies is also such a convenient one-pan meal we can pop in the oven while taking care of other tasks. 

The cleanup is simple too with just one pan to wash! 

With some basic techniques like preheating properly, using parchment paper for easy cleanup and basting with olive oil, even my kids can roast perfect sausage and be “oven stars”. 

Give this flavorful sheet pan recipe a try – I promise you and your family will come back to it time and time again. Let me know if you have any other sausage cooking questions!


  1. https://cookswellwithothers.com/2019/06/16/roasted-chicken-sausage-and-veggies/
  2. https://juliasalbum.com/chicken-sausage-and-vegetable-skillet/
  3. https://wholelottayum.com/chicken-sausage-in-oven/

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