Triathlete Tuesday: Chicken Apple Sausages with Caramelized Onions

Today’s post is by Jordan Jones
now fiance! Amy Dannwolf.  A few weeks ago, Jordan shared with us his recipe for Healthy Buffalo Chicken.

Chicken Apple Sausages with Caramelized Onions
This is a great week night recipe, it takes about 25 minutes from start to finish.  I used fresh pearl onions so I had to peel them which added about 10 minutes to the preparation, but if you use frozen ones you can save some time.

Caramelized Onions Ingredients:
  • pearl onions (fresh or frozen...allow more prep time if fresh)
  • olive oil
  • honey
  • balsamic vinegar

I wish I had the meat savvy to make my own sausages (ok, maybe I don't really wish that, but it would make for a more interesting post), but instead I cooked up some Aidell's Chicken & Apple sausages that were ready to go.

While they were on the grill I caramelized the onions:
  • heat some olive oil in a frying pan (about 1 T)
  • throw in the peeled pearl onions and cook over medium heat (alternate between pushing around the pan and covering)
  • once the onions become translucent and parts start to brown, squirt in some honey (again, about 1tbsp -- it depends on how many onions you have.)
  • push the onions and honey around in the skillet for a few minutes, making sure all the onions have a good coat
  • cover the onions and let them sit on low heat for a few minutes to cook through
  • once the onions have cooked all the way through (taste-test!) add a dash of balsamic vinegar to cancel out a bit of the sweetness from the honey.
  • give them one more good push around the pan, then serve them up with your sausages that should now be done on the grill

The salad pictured is standard mixed-green salad topped with sliced almonds and raw Ramen noodles.  Really, Ramen noodles!  Everyone has a bag in their cupboard, put the noodles to use and ditch the seasoning packet and its excess sodium. 

Amy Dannwolf is a pro triathlete on the Riptide Multisports Pro Triathlon Team and heads up marketing and web design at, an online ski shop specializing in discount skis.