People tend to feel intimidated when a new alternative to a traditional favorite is introduced to supermarkets shelves, added to restaurant dishes, and substituted in recipes. Case in point: chicken sausage. Regular sausage is perfect for biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, and more. So why mess with a good thing? You might want to give chicken sausage a chance, because it's an awesome protein alternative that can be utilized in a variety of ways. Compared to the normal pork, chicken sausage is a much leaner protein that contains much less saturated fat than regular sausage. If you're a sausage lover, shake things up a bit and give one of these chicken sausage recipes a try.

1. Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Zucchini Pasta with Parmesan

I am an immediate fan of anything that involves zucchini noodles. They're a great basis to the meal, and they allow the chicken sausage to be the star of this dish. This recipe is composed of eight ingredients, and tossed in a bit of oil, cheese, and red pepper flakes, making it an overall fresh and light dish.

2. Sweet Potato Hash with Chicken Apple Sausage

This skillet is a comforting combination of ingredients. The richness of the egg yolks, sweet potatoes, and chicken sausage all pair so well together, and can be eaten really for any meal. This dish is also so much healthier compared to the normal "hash" containing pork sausage and regular potatoes. 

3. Grilled Chicken Sausage with Shredded Kale, Apple, Hazelnut Salad

This recipe is extremely simple and truly highlights the chicken sausage. I really enjoy the richness of sausage paired next to a salad to balance it out; sometimes solely heavy ingredients in a dish is can be a bit much. This dish is fresh and light, but filling at the same time.

4. Chicken Sausage Grain Bowl

Just by viewing the colors of this dish, we know it's going to be a winner. Max packed with quinoa, avocado, poached egg, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and chicken sausage, anyone who makes this recipe is in for a treat!

5. Spaghetti Squash Boats with Spicy Sausage

Spaghetti squash, similar to spiralized zucchini, acts as the "pasta" in this recipe. Combined with cheese and other "goodies," this recipe is appealing to so many people; especially pasta lovers who are looking to enjoy a spaghetti dish, but cut down on the carbs.

6. Stuffed Bell Peppers

These peppers are poppin' with flavor, color, and all around yumminess. I really love this recipe as it's not only healthy, but also extremely satisfying. Variations can be made to this dish by utilizing different colored peppers, varying grains of rice, etc.

7. Grilled Chicken Sausage with Summer Vegetables

Talk about a summer dish right here! Utilizing the grill adds texture, flavor, and definition to food. This dish would be completely different if it were roasted or sautéed, for instance. This dish is awesome, as you're truly able to see exactly what it is that's being eaten—all natural vegetables and a protein.

8. Breakfast Avocado Toast with Chicken Sausage and Poached Egg

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a weakness for avocado anything, particularly toast. This recipe reminds me of an inventive take on eggs Benedict with chicken sausage acting as the Canadian bacon and the avocado giving the creaminess that a traditional Hollandaise sauce would.

9. Chicken Sausage Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower rice does not get enough attention for how genuinely good it is. A few additional ingredients and cauliflower rice can be transformed into the absolute best thing you have ever had. This recipe adds all the fresh veggies, packed with some straight up chicken sausage goodness!

10. Chicken Sausage, Brussels Sprouts, and Spiralized Sweet Potato Skillet

Sweet potato in spiral form, Brussel sprouts, chicken sausage, and cheese, this is a dish representative of comfort food flavors. This recipe will keep all future cravings during the day down and leave you asking for more. There's just something about the combination of ingredients that makes it so hard to resist!

If you're not on your way to the supermarket to snatch some chicken sausage at this point, you are most definitely missing out. There are so many awesome options that can be paired with any meal and complement endless flavor combinations; sweet apple, hot Italian, country style, and roasted garlic, just to name a few. It can definitely be difficult to transition from pork to chicken, but with flavors such as these your palate will never be bored or dissatisfied. It never hurts to give food a try, you might be surprised with how delicious healthy options can be.