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Italian Chicken Sausage and Roasted Fennel

Low Carb Italian Sausage and Roasted Fennel (One Pan Recipe!) – Lean chicken sausages are roasted with fresh fennel bulbs for a satisfying dish bursting with vibrant, earthy, and comforting flavors.

roasted fennel with sausage on a plate

One Pan Roasted Chicken Sausage with Fennel

One pan sausage and veggies are a classic dinner combination. A winning recipe can include sausage (made with just about any protein) and the sky’s the limit for vegetable choices. Simply toss them together with oil and spices, then oven bake to yummy golden perfection.

This Italian chicken sausage and roasted fennel recipe is a simple low-carb midweek meal, sheet pan style! It has quickly become a family favorite in our household thanks to the deep earthy flavors – and of course, I love it because of how wonderfully easy it is to prepare.

Roasted fennel, healthy chicken sausages, basil, and spice. That’s it! It’s delicious, satisfying, and ready to enjoy on its own or with low-carb sides in only one (nearly effortless) hour.

top view roasted Italian chicken sausages with fennel and basil

Ingredients You Need

  • Italian chicken sausagesor other Italian sausages
  • Fennel bulbsfennel has an amazingly fresh, delicate licorice-like flavor
  • Olive oilor preferred high heat neutral flavored oil
  • Spicesgarlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves to garnish, optional
recipe ingredients

How to Make Italian Chicken Sausage and Roasted Fennel

First, preheat the oven to 450°F and set out a large rimmed baking sheet.

Cut the stalks off each fennel bulb. Save the fronds (stalks) to make a bright pesto or sauce, throw them in salads, or use them to make soup stock!

Next, trim the root ends off as well. Then cut each bulb in half and gently cut out the core.

fennel bulb cut in half on a cutting board with share knife

Cut the fennel bulb halves into strips from top to bottom. See the image below for clarification.

hand slicing bulb into thinner strips on a cutting board with sharp knife

Spread the fennel slices onto the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and smoked paprika. Toss well, then spread out into an even layer and generously sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place the fennel in the oven and roast for 30 minutes.

slices of fennel roasted on a baking sheet

Meanwhile, cut the chicken sausages into long half-inch strips, on the bias. 

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Italian sausages with chicken on a cutting board with knife

When the timer goes off, mix the chicken sausages in with the fennel. Then toss together and spread back out into an even layer.

sliced sausages and fennel roasted together on one pan

Roast in the oven for another 10-15 minutes, until the Italian chicken sausage and fennel pieces are all golden brown.

Once out of the oven, mix in the fresh basil leaves.

top view finished one pan dish with basil pieces

Serve warm on its own as a one-pan dinner, or with your favorite Italian-inspired side dishes.

side view roasted Italian chicken sausage and fennel on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you serve with roasted fennel and sausages?

To keep this a low-carb and gluten-free meal, pair with a fresh salad or other sauteed veggies. Or forget about carb counting and serve on warm sub rolls with spicy mustard!

For an even more comforting and carb-y dinner you can enjoy alongside creamy polenta, pasta, and/or homemade garlic knots.

How many servings does this recipe make?

This dish will serve 4-6, depending on desired portion size. If you are enjoying it as a complete one-pan chicken sausage and veggie meal it works well for 4 generous servings. You can easily serve 6 though if pairing with other sides or making sandwiches.

How long do leftovers last?

Leftovers are delicious! This sheet pan meal will keep well for up to 3-5 days. Let the Italian chicken sausage and roasted fennel cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. I recommend baking leftovers in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until reheated throughout.

Italian chicken sausage with roasted fennel on a plate with one pan in the background

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Italian Chicken Sausage and Roasted Fennel (Low Carb)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
This one sheet pan recipe is low carb and gluten free! Lean Italian chicken sausages are roasted with fresh fennel bulbs for a satisfying dish bursting with vibrant, earthy and comforting flavors.
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Set out a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Cut the stalks off each fennel bulb. Trim the root ends off as well. Then cut each bulb in half and gently cut out the core. Cut the fennel bulb halves into strips from top to bottom. (See images for clarification.)
  • Spread the fennel slices onto the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Toss well, then spread out into an even layer and generously sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place the fennel in the oven and roast for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut the chicken sausages into long half-inch strips, on the bias.
  • When the timer goes off, mix the chicken sausages in with the fennel. Then toss and spread back out into an even layer.
  • Roast in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Once out of the oven, mix in the fresh basil leaves and serve warm.

Notes

Serve as a low carb meal as-is, or with other low carb sides. Or forget about carb counting and serve on warm sub rolls with spicy mustard.
Leftovers will keep well for up to 3-5 days. Let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container and storing it in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cup, Calories: 477kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 120mg, Sodium: 1861mg, Potassium: 988mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1195IU, Vitamin C: 31mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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