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Hi friends! Welcome to The Friday Five, where I’ll be sharing really delicious, really efficient recipes with just 5 ingredients (oil, salt & pepper don’t count, The Kitchn says so ;) – every week. I’m holding myself to it, loving the idea of a routine, and looking forward to helping you cook better at home with streamlined ideas.
I totally appreciate recipes with more ingredients, or the experience of making something that requires patience. But I also have an affinity for meals/snacks/desserts that are typically budget friendly, fewer things to prep, fewer dishes to wash – yet wholesome. Win-win-win. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated to be worthy of the “this is in one of the best things I’ve eaten in a while.”
Before this series had a name (it took some help via girls night to decide) I shared a 5 ingredient Sweet Beet Yogurt Bowl with Granola and now I’m adding a savory suggestion to your morning meal with these juicy Mango Chicken Breakfast Sausage recipe. They’re just as irresistible as the ones you grew up eating at the local diner, but reinvented with a little less grease and more diverse flavors. And don’t be fooled – the brown bits on top aren’t burnt, that’s the caramelization of natural sugars from the mango leading to a nice crust that holds in all the juices from the chicken.
This simple recipe is lightly adapted from my friend Heather Christo’s beautiful new cookbook, Pure Delicious. (The only thing I changed was taking out the dehydrated potato flakes and using a few more ounces of chicken, and also swapped serrano chiles for chili flakes since they were in my cabinet.) I started reading her blog years ago when I discovered my issues with gluten, and Heather’s story helped me realized that cooking allergy friendly can be just as delectable and beautiful as any meal.
Her family suffers from multiple allergies, like gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs, yet the recipes in her cookbook (and on her blog) would have anyone begging for seconds. Her philosophy really aligns with mine, with a focus on whole foods and straightforward preparation, and putting things on the table that everyone will enjoy – allergy or not.
If you’ve got a hunch that your body isn’t quite jiving with some of the things you’re eating (or your kids), Pure Delicious will help guide you get through the process of identifying triggers through elimination, the adjustment to a kitchen that supports you, and best of all – over 100 amazing recipes that have flavor and pizazz (and a whole chapter on pizza!). Heather walks you through an 8 week plan to help you get through the transition, because let’s be honest – any time we change the way we eat, we’re changing a big part of ourselves, emotionally and behaviorally.
Her recipe for chicken breakfast sausages caught my eye because I’m always looking for fun ways to add protein in the morning besides these gluten and dairy free breakfast tacos. The sausages have a great sweet/savory balance and they’re simple to make, and once you’ve cooked them, you can keep in the fridge for several days.
I used a blend of ground white & dark meat to keep them nice and juicy from a little extra fat, and helps hold them together.
Onions, chives and red pepper flakes round out the ingredient list, but play around with different herbs if you’d like. And in the fall, I think I might swap apples for the mango. Not just for breakfast, they’re a delicious addition to salads as well.
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These look wonderful and I’m adding them to my AIP breakfast routine (which is SO challenging). Any suggestions on what to pair with them? Someone mentioned plantains, but I couldn’t find a recipe of yours for it. Thanks!
I don’t have a plantains recipe, but there are many out there! Another thing I like to pair it with for breakfast is roasted vegetables, or sautéed greens with garlic.
This recipe sounds delicious, though red pepper flakes are not AIP approved (I wish). You might want to put *omit for AIP next to it or something. Thanks for your recipes! I love your blog.
ah, yes! i forgot the notation. now added. thank you for stopping by!
Looks like a delicious and refreshing recipe! Will have to give it a try :)
Hi Sara! Yes, they’re really light and fresh, as much as a breakfast patty can be. Hope you enjoy! xo
I like to make a lot of sausage patties and then freeze them, making breakfast a lot faster during the week. Can these sausages be frozen & reheated with the mango in them?
I’ve been meaning to try it, but haven’t yet! I leave them, cooked, in the refrigerator for 4 days, and they are gone by then. :) Let me know if you give it a go.
Really looking forward to seeing more of the Friday Five! Loving how the ingredients in these photos just ‘pop’! Beautiful!! xo.
The lilacs were needed…. because meat needs a little feminine touch. :)
The Friday Five is so FUNNNN! I love this so much.
I never would have thought to put mango in a chicken sausage!! These sound sooo good. Also loving the new series idea. :-)
How fun! I can’t way to see what you come up with (and flavour enhancers shouldn’t have to count ;o) – I appreciate simple especially this time of year when I’m running a little breathless. What a delicious way to kick off your series ~ love the delicate sprinkle of lilac.
Friday fives are SUCH a great idea! There’s nothing better than recipes that are simple and delicious. The combination of mangoes and chicken sound KILLER!
You did such beautiful job in making these- what gorgeous preparation and photographs! Thank you so much for sharing my book and posting this recipe- I hope your readers enjoy it :)
Thank you for such a wonderful recipe, and the book has been a staple in my kitchen the last few weeks. Next up are the sunbutter noodles. :) xo!
Love the 5-ingredient concept! Simple is always best and easiest to keep up after all :)
These look so lovely, I really dig the idea of the fruit with the meat. I can totally picture how it comes together. Beautiful!! Will have to check out Heather’s cookbook also.
I’m picturing these with an egg and your sautéed plantains…. brunch vibes! xo
Love Heather Christo and I love these sausages too! I really need to get her book. Your photos are gorgeous on this post (as usual).
These look super yummy, Amanda! Would never think to add mango but it makes total sense. Gosh I miss mangos already :(
That’s right – you’re headed into winter if I’m not mistaken? Try substituting apples, they would be great too! xo
I swear I can smell these just looking at the photos. They look amazing–such fresh flavors. I never thought of sausages as something you could make at home, either, so these beauties are doubly inspiring. Gorgeous as always!
What a fun weekly segment! I am really excited to read it every week :-) There is nothing better than 5 ingredient meals way in my book! Perfect for crazy hectic weeks. way to go girl! I’m a loyal MPLS fan ;)
hey val! i’m so glad you like the idea of the 5 ingredient segment. i feel a fun, creative burst from it. And yay for the minneapolis connection!