I’ve become quite a fan of Trader Joe’s precooked chicken sausages. Recently, my boyfriend and I picked up the Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage on our last trip through Trader Joe’s. I wasn’t sure how spicy or spicy at all these sausages might be. I’ve purchased other brands of “spicy italian” sausages and they were flavored with bell peppers — nothing remotely spicy.
These sausages are very mildly spicy (and I feel that statement is rather generous). They are a far cry from tongue zinging spice but regardless they are one of the best spicy italian sausages I have tried to date. They’re delicious, lean and packed with flavor. I enjoyed them cooked up with some sauteed bell pepper and onion. The only thing missing was the hoagie roll – which we did not purchase at the grocery store.
I cooked these up on the stovetop, but they’d be even better cooked up until nice and crispy on the grill. As with most chicken sausages, you can tell these are chicken so if you’re looking for a sausage that’s got a fatty pork-like consistency, these wouldn’t be for you. But if you enjoy leaner sausage that and is juicy and flavorful minus the unnecessary fat and calories these will be right up your alley. You can dress them up however you choose and it will only build on the flavor category.
Each sausages rings in at 140 calories, which calculates out to be 4 points plus values. Not bad at all for a healthier alternative on a classic.
Have you tried any of the sausages at Trader Joe’s? If so, which is your favorite?