Sweet Italian chicken sausage generally comes in links, and are a flavorful addition to any meal, providing the protein component. If you're looking to cook your chicken sausage in a pan, braising is a great option. It'll take approximately 20 minutes to cook a pound of meat using a small amount of liquid in the pan. This method 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.
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.
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 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.
If you want to use the water from cooking the sausages for pasta, keep the sausage warm by covering the plate with the cooking lid and placing kitchen towels over the covered plate.
Do not eat sausages if they do not appear to be completely done. Undercooked chicken can contain harmful bacteria.