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One-Pan Sage-and-Onion Chicken and Sausage Recipe-6

Photo by: Joseph DeLeo
Comments: 4


I took it into my head one day that I wanted to marinate and cook some chicken with the flavors of a traditional sage-and-onion stuffing. So onion, mustard, sage and lemon infuse the cut-up bird, and sausages are cooked alongside the pieces in one big pan. I started off with English butcher’s sausages but this works just as well with Italian sausages (no bread, so good for carb-avoiders) and also, though taking on a different character, with spicy Spanish chorizo.

As you can imagine, it is hardly any work, and if you haven’t got time to give a proper night’s marinating in the fridge, then leave everything, bar the sausages, to steep in the roasting pan for a couple of hours or so at room temperature. And even if you leave the sausages in, it won’t matter.

Yield: Serves 6


  • 1 large onion or 2 small onions
  • ½ cup olive oil (not extra virgin)
  • 2 teaspoons English mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4lb chicken, cut into 10 pieces
  • 12 sausages
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sage leaves


Peel and cut the onion into eighths, and put into a freezer bag with the oil, mustard, dried sage, a good grinding of pepper, the lemon juice, the squeezed-out rinds cut into eighths, and the Worcestershire sauce. Squidge everything around to mix (the mustard needs help to combine) and then add the chicken pieces. Leave to marinate in the fridge overnight, or for up to two days.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Allow the chicken to come to room temperature in its marinade.

Arrange the chicken pieces in a roasting pan, skin-side up, with the marinade, including all the bits and pieces, and tuck the sausages around them. Sprinkle the fresh sage leaves over the chicken and sausages and then put the pan into the oven to cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn the sausages over halfway through to color them evenly.

Arrange the chicken and sausages on a large platter.


You can easily substitute the cut-up chicken with 10 thigh pieces, bone in and skin on.

© 2004 Nigella Lawson

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on each sausage link weighing 3 oz.

1086kcal (54%)
1246mg (52%)
91g (139%)
25g (126%)
259mg (86%)
101mcg RAE (3%)
21mg (34%)
73mg (7%)
4mg (24%)

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  • MidniteBaker

    02.28.12 Flag comment

    Excellent moist chicken. Used only thighs and found a good in-store made hot bratwurst. I marinated this recipe for about 18 hours. As I started the night before and just popped this in the oven after work. Added baking potatoes on the side, as both take an hour to bake. Made up a quick lettuce salad and supper is served. The fresh lemon gives a mild tartness to the chicken.
    This recipe is a keeper, will make again soon.

  • karenvogue

    07.23.11 Flag comment

    I used boneless, skinless chicken and it was too dry. The flavors were good. Next time I will follow the recipe and marinate it longer.

  • larryed

    03.25.11 Flag comment

    My wife said just the reading the title should encourage me to make this recipe. Just wondering about what to serve with it. I was thinking fresh potato salad and greens?

  • dawnmarie

    11.01.09 Flag comment

    This dish is amazing. My husband said it was like he was eating turkey dinner, but without out all the work! So easy to make, I can't wait to do this one again. We had moose/venison sausage to add to the dish and it turned out great!


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