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Italian Chicken Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches

Total Time
40 min
15 min
25 min
Sautéed peppers and onions top lean chicken sausage in this slimmed-down version of the Italian favorite. For even greater flavor, add some fennel seeds or red pepper flakes—or both—to the peppers and onions. Bell peppers in any color you like can be used instead of the Cubanelle (Italian frying peppers), if desired. Bell peppers do have slightly thicker skins so you may need to increase the cooking time by a minute or two. If you don’t have a grill or would simply prefer an indoor method, you can cook the sausage in a 400°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned and done.


Olive oil

2 tsp, extra-virgin

Cubanelle pepper

2 large, thinly sliced

Uncooked onion

1 large, yellow variety, thinly sliced

Jarred minced garlic

1 tsp

Dried oregano

¼ tsp


3 Tbsp

Red wine vinegar

2 tsp, or cider vinegar

Table salt

tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

1 pinch(es), freshly ground

Cooked chicken sausage

12 oz, Italian-variety (4 links)

Dijon mustard

4 tsp, or other hot mustard, or to taste

Reduced calorie hot dog bun

4 item(s), grilled


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onion; cook, stirring often, until nicely charred and tender, about 12 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic and oregano; cook 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in water; toss to moisten mixture. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar; set aside.
  3. Heat outdoor grill to medium-high (or grill pan over medium-high heat).
  4. Grill sausages, turning, until nicely charred on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  5. Spread 1 teaspoon mustard on each bun; add sausage and top each with about 1/3 cup pepper-onion mixture. Yields 1 sandwich per serving.