Sweet Italian chicken sausage generally comes in links. These links can contain Italian seasonings and are a flavorful addition to a meal, providing the protein component. It takes approximately 20 minutes to cook a pound of meat. The braising method, which uses a small amount of liquid in a pan to cook the meat, produces juicy, tender sausages. Cleanup is also easy because the meat juices do not stick to the pan, and you can use the cooking water for other tasks, like boiling pasta to serve with the sausages.

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Place a frying pan on the burner and turn the heat to medium.

Add a half-cup of liquid to the pan. You can use water, wine or broth to cook the sausages. Wine or broth will enhance the flavor of the sausages.

Place the sausages in the frying pan. Once the water starts to boil, turn the heat down to medium low and place the cover on the pan.

Let the sausages simmer for 10 minutes, and turn over using a pair of tongs. If the liquid level is getting low, add more. Replace the cover.

Let them braise another 10 minutes, and use a meat thermometer to test the temperature. Poultry needs to be cooked to 165 degrees. Instead of inserting the meat thermometer through the middle of the sausage, pick a sausage up with the cleaned tongs and insert the thermometer lengthwise halfway into the sausage from the end of the meat to get the most accurate measure.

Plate the cooked sausages and serve as you wish.