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The Crispiest Chicken in Mustard Cream Sauce

Be still my heart and soul. This meal. Without fail, I eat this dish at least once a week and I see no end in sight. This stove-to-oven method of cooking chicken thighs and legs makes the crispiest skin I’ve ever achieved sans fryer. It’s incredible to contrast the tenderness of the baked chicken with a skin that audibly cracks when cut because it’s fully rendered and cracker-crisp.

The sauce is truly life-changing. Tangy, garlicky, and just the right amount of creamy. I, personally, am not a pure cream sauce fan–you’ll never see me ordering the fettucine alfredo. For me, when something is just pure cream, it’s almost too rich. I need something to cut through the richness and bring a bright and sunny flavor to the mix. Brandy, wine, lemon, onion, garlic, two different mustards, chicken broth, and a touch of cream create something ever-so balanced and matched with just the right amount of contrast.

I have been making this chicken dish for going on about six months and every time I do, I get the measurements more spot on and the ingredients just that much more to my liking. I started making the sauce with only wine, then I added brandy, and the next week–lemon juice. Then, I used all three. One day I used just dijon mustard then another day, I threw whole grain mustard in the mix. It’s really a great thing that I love to eat, so much, because who else is going to fine-tune my recipes for me?

I included, below the recipe and method for this meal, all the variations that I have tried to date for your experimentation pleasure. I hope you adore this recipe as much as I do. It’s something special.

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Homemade Chicken Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches

Sausage, egg, and cheese on an english muffin has been done. Isn’t that what most of the world pictures in their mind when someone says “breakfast sandwich”? Thanks, McDonalds. Well, the version I am showing you guys today isn’t a far stretch from the original concept but it sure improves it.

The sausage is homemade with spices you likely have on hand (anyone have 6 canisters of poultry seasoning from Thanksgivings past? and uses from ground chicken that is of course, much leaner than using pork. Instead of a simple slice of melted cheese, this sandwich arms itself with a cheddar cheese crisp. It adds a really great texture to what otherwise would be a whole bunch of soft sandwich. Feel free to switch up the egg cooking style on this one–it’s totally up to you. I personally was in the mood for a sunny-side up egg but go scrambled if you want–less messy and just as amazing.

Little changes and small improvements to the original really make all the difference in the kitchen. Speaking of which, my fridge has been broken for the last couple of weeks and has been freezing everything in it. I got an almost new hand-me-down today and I can’t tell you how happy I am. Imagine that–a fridge that doesn’t freeze. The little things, I’m telling you!

INGREDIENTS (makes 2 sandwiches)

For the chicken sausage:
8 ounces ground chicken (mixture of white and dark meat, if possible!)
1 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the cheese crisps:
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated

Remaining sandwich ingredients:
2 eggs, cooked to your preference (shown sunny-side up but scrambled also works well!)
2 english muffins, toasted

DIRECTIONS

1. In a mixing bowl, combine ground chicken and sausage spices. Be very gentle and do not over-mix. I suggest using your hands for this task.
2. Divide the sausage mixture into two thin, rounded patties. In a non-stick skillet (if needed, you can use a touch of olive oil), cook the sausage patties until cooked through over medium heat. Set cooked patties on a paper towel and set aside.
3. Wipe out the non-stick skillet with a paper towel. Over low heat, take half the grated cheese and place into the skillet in a round shape. Cook until crispy and easily removed from skillet onto a paper towel to drain. Repeat for second crisp. [Side note, I make the cheese crisps one at a time because I use my favorite tiny skillet (here!) to make all the components of the sandwich. This is by no means necessary but I love how perfect round everything comes out.]

4. Cook eggs to liking.
5. Toast english muffins.
6. Assemble sandwiches with sausage patties, eggs, and cheese crisps onto toasted english muffins.

The printable recipe is below! Enjoy this one guys.

Homemade Chicken Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
For the chicken sausage
  1. 8 ounces ground chicken (mixture of white and dark meat, if possible!)
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  3. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  5. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the cheese crisps
  1. 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
Remaining sandwich ingredients
  1. 2 eggs, cooked to your preference (shown sunny-side up but scrambled also works well!)
  2. 2 english muffins, toasted
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine ground chicken and sausage spices. Be very gentle and do not over-mix. I suggest using your hands for this task.
  2. Divide the sausage mixture into two thin, rounded patties. In a non-stick skillet (if needed, you can use a touch of olive oil), cook the sausage patties until cooked through over medium heat. Set cooked patties on a paper towel and set aside.
  3. Wipe out the non-stick skillet with a paper towel. Over low heat, take half the grated cheese and place into the skillet in a round shape. Cook until crispy and easily removed from skillet onto a paper towel to drain. Repeat for second crisp.
  4. Cook eggs to liking.
  5. Toast english muffins.
  6. Assemble sandwiches with sausage patties, eggs, and cheese crisps onto toasted english muffins.
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