Chicken Sausage & Rice Makes for an Easy and Healthy Family Meal

Thanks to the folks at al fresco All Natural Chicken Sausage for sponsoring this post.

Busy moms need access to easy meals. And, who isn’t busy these days, right? This recipe for chicken sausage and rice is great for my family. It even satisfies my picky kids. It has savory flavors Italian sausage and peppers, with a bit of sweetness from organic corn. I’d rather spend time with my family and not in the kitchen, so I aim for dinners that take 30 minutes or less. Using pre-cooked ingredients like al fresco All Natural Chicken Sausages are perfect for making quick meals.

Chicken Sausage Rice Bowl

Why al fresco?

The folks at al fresco believe that their customers should not have to choose between delicious food and healthy food and I agree. I want recipes that are flavorful and healthy. They should not be mutually exclusive.

Did you know they are the #1 chicken sausage brand in the US? They’ve got over 40 delicious chicken products to choose from. I also LOVE their sweet apple chicken sausage. So good at breakfast time!

al fresco packaging

Is Chicken Sausage healthier?

You bet! By using chicken sausage instead of pork, my family consumes 70% less fat and 30% less sodium. My husband has high cholesterol, so that’s a big deal to me! I’ve discussed how too much fat or sodium is not healthy for our bodies, so my kids no the deal too. al fresco products are also free of nitrates, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. All A+ in my book!

Where did you get this recipe?

So, how did I come up with this recipe? Well, first I took a look at the al fresco website for inspiration. They have a ton of great recipes to choose from. Next on my list is the Country Style Breakfast Fritatta. My recipe is inspired by the Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage Risotto. I needed to take into account what I had in the house and what my kids would like. So I created this recipe.

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Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage and Rice

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this is an easy family meal featuring chicken sausage, peppers, and sweet organic corn. Even picky eaters love this one! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 package al fresco Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
  • 1/4 clove garlic
  • 1.5 cups rice uncooked
  • 1/2 cup red pepper chopped
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp basil


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.

  2. Add chicken sausage and cook over medium heat until browned.

  3. Remove chicken sausage from skillet, slice into 4-6 pieces. Set aside.

  4. Add garlic and rice to skillet. Stir constantly until rice is lightly browned.

  5. Add peppers and corn

  6. Continue cooking until peppers are tender

  7. Stir in chicken broth and basil

  8. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

  9. Gently stir in chicken sausage and continue simmering until rice is tender.

Recipe Notes

When I'm not making this one for the kids, fresh spinach makes for a great addition.

chicken sausage and rice in bowl

Based in New England, al fresco All Natural Chicken Sausage is made by Kayem Foods. They’ve been owned and operated by the same family since 1909. As a fellow New Englander, I’m always proud to work with local companies. Although, whether you are from the area or not, I highly recommend you check out al fresco products.

Available nationwide, you can likely find a store that carries al fresco near you.


Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Brianne

    5 stars
    I actually love chicken sausage. This looks so yummy! Simple and tasty!

  2. Stacie

    5 stars
    I love to cook dishes like these when the weather gets cool. They’re so hearty, and these flavors sound amazing.

  3. Kerrie Mendoza

    I’m a big fan of quick and healthy meals for my family. We like chicken sausage, so this meal will go over well.

  4. Amy

    We love al fresco around here! It is some really delicious stuff for weekday meals!

  5. Kathy

    That does look like a really good recipe. We love rice in our family too. Looks like I’ll be adding this to the list. It looks delicious!

  6. krystal

    I use this sausage all the time – love the ingredients – it is a brand I feel good about buying!

  7. Jeanette

    I never thought about doing this with those sausage! What a a great idea! WAY better than just putting it on a bun! YUM!

  8. Catalina

    5 stars
    Chicken meals are favorite around here. I love that it is a healthy dish! This makes it irresistible!

  9. Jennifer

    5 stars
    Oooh! This looks so good! I love those chicken sausages

  10. candy

    This is one of those meals we fix and eat a bunch around our home. So easy and quick plus easy on the budget.

  11. Alli Smith

    5 stars
    This is one meal my family will love! I like the idea of using chicken sausage instead of pork. Looks delicious!

  12. Amber Myers

    5 stars
    This does look like a tasty meal. I am sure my kids would like it. I’ll have to make it one night!

  13. Sarah

    What a yummy looking rice dish! I love that it’s simple yet hearty. Perfect dinner!

  14. Ashley

    We use that chicken sausage in recipes too. It’s so tasty

  15. Denay DeGuzman

    5 stars
    What a wonderful, flavorful mid-week meal. Perfect during the busy holiday season!

  16. Tomi C

    5 stars
    This sounds like the perfect quick and easy meal plus chicken sausage isn’t heavy like other sausages.

  17. We try to limit red meat in favor of poultry in our house. These chicken sausages are such a great way to change it up. I love how you put it over rice.

  18. Gervin Khan

    5 stars
    This quick and easy meal looks perfect for all busy moms like me and I am sure my kids will really love to have this kind of healthy and delicious meal.

  19. Shannon Gurnee

    I hadn’t heard of this brand before, but this looks like a yummy recipe! I am always looking for new recipes to make for my family.

  20. Jenn

    Chicken sausage is one of my favorites. This looks and sounds like a great dinner.

  21. Cheryl

    Looks absolutely delicious plus I love the fact that it’s easy to cook.

  22. Rachel

    My whole family likes sausage way more than I do. I will make this for them.

  23. Kita Bryant

    5 stars
    I have never tried the Al Fresco brand before. The recipe looks delicious and I am all about making the healthier choices.

  24. ricci

    I love a good hearty meal during these cold months and this dish looks super yummy and filling! I need to try this for myself soon!!

  25. Kendra

    I’ve never had chicken sausage before but it sounds like it’s a lot healthier than pork sausage. Your recipe looks so tasty!

  26. Angie

    This looks so delicious. I love when tasty meals are easy to make, especially since there’s always so little time.

  27. Tabitha Blue

    My family is a big fan of chicken sausage! This looks like a great meal!

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