Balsamic Sausage and Peppers

This Skillet Balsamic Chicken Sausage and Peppers recipe is a delicious, quick & easy dinner that's ready in under 20 minutes. Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage is sautéed with garlic, onions, and peppers and coated with balsamic vinegar! It's my go-to healthy weeknight meal when I don't have a lot of time to cook, but still want a healthy and delicious dinner for my family!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken sausage, chicken sausage recipes, Sausage and peppers, Sausage and peppers recipe, sausage pepeprs and onions, sweet italian sausage recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 244kcal
Author Laura



  • 12 oz Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage 4 links, diced
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 TBS olive oil divided
  • 1 green bell pepper diced (1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 TBS Italian seasoning
  • ¼- ½ tsp sea salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp pepper or to taste
  • 3 TBS balsamic vinegar choose a high quality, thick, sweet variety of balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese for serving


  • Add 2 TBS olive oil, sausage, garlic and onion to a non-stick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is lightly browned, stirring occasionally (5-7 minutes).
  • Add diced peppers and 2 additional tablespoons of olive oil. Stir until combined.
  • Cover and sauté until peppers are soft and slightly browned, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes).
  • Add Italian seasoning, sea salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Add balsamic vinegar and stir until combined.
  • Cook, uncovered, until vinegar is thickened and the sausage/vegetable mixture is evenly coated, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust salt/pepper and balsamic vinegar, if desired.
  • Serve over pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.



Ingredient substituions 

  • Chicken Sausage. Any sausage variety works! Just be sure to choose a variety that complies with your dietary needs! My favorite is Applegate Organic's sweet Italian sausage - but it's hard to find where I live, so Aidell's is my next chicken sausage of choice! 
  • Olive Oil. Any neutral oil works well in this recipe! I prefer olive oil or avocado oil! I have also used flavor-infused olive oils and love the results when I do. 
  • Balsamic Vinegar.  An outstanding balsamic vinegar should be thick and naturally sweet. If your vinegar pours like water instead of like syrup and tastes sour then you do NOT have a quality product and your recipe will not turn out as delicious. 
  • Peppers. Any mixture of colored peppers works well! You can also substitute other veggies for some of the peppers! I have used zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and more with great success!


Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 748mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 981IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg