Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

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This Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole recipe takes 10 minutes of work, is easy and super tasty!  Perfect for breakfast, pot luck, or Mother’s Day brunch!

This Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole recipe takes 10 minutes of work and is easy and super tasty! Perfect for breakfast, pot luck, or Mother's Day brunch!

I’m currently getting a case of motion sickness as I write this blog post because I’m working at a coffee shop and there are two people (likely co-workers) sitting behind me having a very deep, dramatic conversation about some sort of work drama.  The lady is clearly from New York City judging by her accent (I’m brilliant, I know…) and an average of every 10 seconds she slams the table really hard with her first while she’s talking and shakes the entire floor.  I think your half hour lunch break is long over, lady!

Since I work both of my jobs from home, I try to get out and work from another location a few times a month.  It’s actually surprising how much more I get done when I don’t have all of the distractions at home (i.e. my lounge chair on the patio that calls out my name whenever it’s warm and sunny).  I go to a coffee shop or cafe and people watch while I work.  I find it inspiring and fun and nobody bothers me because I try to look deep in thought.  Ha!  It’s crazy how many other people I see that have the same idea and sit at a table for hours and work on their laptops.  OK, onto the food….

Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole recipe takes 10 minutes to make, is easy and super delicious! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, holidays, or pot luck!

I made this Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole in my slow cooker and we actually ate it for dinner (“brinner”?) the other night.  My hubby loves nothing more than he loves breakfast food and once in a while I make it for him for dinner, because, let’s be honest, my butt doesn’t get out of bed early enough to make him a nice breakfast before he leaves for work.  I added our favorite chicken sausage – Zweigle’s brand – and the taste was fantastic.  I use Zweigle’s chicken sausage probably once a week in something I’m making!  They have so many different kinds (Spinach and Feta, Chorizo, Italian, Buffalo Style, and Lime Chipotle) that it is easy to find a variety that suits the dish you are making.  I love that!  Their chicken sausage brings so much flavor to our meals.  I used the Chorizo variety in this Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole because I figured it goes well with a breakfast hash and would give that boost of flavor.  I was right (surprise, surprise). 😉

Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole recipe takes 10 minutes of work and is easy and super tasty! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or pot luck!

Zweigle’s is a local brand here in Rochester, NY and there’s nothing us Rochesterians love more than our Zweigle’s and our garbage plates!  Their pop-open hotdogs are the only hotdogs I will eat going way wayyyyy back to when I was a kid.  At a BBQ and they are only grilling up generic or other brand of hotdogs?  I’ll have a hamburger, thank you very much.  Now, I’m hooked on their chicken sausage made with 100% boneless, skinless chicken meat which is a much healthier alternative to hotdogs, I must say.

I hope you give this Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole recipe a try for Mother’s day brunch or whenever the mood strikes and you need breakfast food in your life STAT.  The cheesy potatoes and sausage are cooked perfectly and packed with flavor.  Although the sausage is already cooked, I like to brown it a bit in my skillet before adding it to my crock pot for maximum flavor!  Also, the potatoes don’t get mushy at all if you’re wondering about that.

Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole recipe takes 10 minutes to make, is easy and super delicious! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or pot luck!

Here are the links for you to check out my previous recipes using Zweigle’s chicken sausage in case you very unfortunately missed them:

Cheesy Chicken Sausage Pasta Skillet

One-Pot Creamy Green Orzo with Chicken Sausage

Buffalo Chicken Sausage Mac & Cheese

You can get awesome recipe ideas and purchase Zweigle’s products at your local grocery store or online by heading on over to Zweigles.com.  Enjoy!

Crock Pot Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
This Crock Pot Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole recipe takes 10 minutes of work, is easy and super tasty! Perfect for breakfast, pot luck, or Mother's Day brunch!
Ingredients
Homemade cream of chicken condensed soup:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 and ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 and ¼ cup whole milk, almond milk, or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Casserole:
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 32-oz. bag of frozen hash browns
  • 14 oz. chicken sausage, diced (I used Zweigle's Chorizo)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
Homemade cream of chicken condensed soup:
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk. Cook for about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in chicken stock and whisk to remove any clumps. Simmer until it starts to thicken, then stir in milk and all of the seasonings. It should be thickening nicely by now. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed then set aside. I needed to add a bit more pepper.
Casserole:
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking.
  2. Brown the sliced chicken sausage slices a bit on both sides for just a couple of minutes (since sausage is already pre-cooked). Set aside. This step will bring out the best flavor of the sausage.
  3. Pour hash browns, chicken sausage, onion and cheese together in a lightly greased crock pot/slow cooker. Pour the condensed cream of chicken soup you just made over all of it and stir until incorporated.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or until potatoes are soft and sausages are hot (may be done sooner). Serve warm. If using for a brunch or pot luck, leave crock pot on warm setting as long as you need. Enjoy!

This Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole recipe takes 10 minutes of work and is easy and super tasty! Perfect for breakfast, pot luck, or Mother's Day brunch!

Disclaimer:  Thank you Zweigles for sponsoring this conversation.  All opinions remain 100% my own, as always.

Recipe source:  strongly adapted from Laurenslatest.com

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

18 Responses to “Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole”

  1. April 25, 2016 at 4:25 AM #

    I wouldn´t mind a plate full of this for lunch today. This looks so good Ashley!!!
    Happy week Xo

  2. April 25, 2016 at 8:20 AM #

    Dang – hash browns, sausage and cheese in one crock pot? Pinch me -I think I’m dreaming!

  3. April 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM #

    Look at all that cheesy goodness! I want to dive head first into this!

  4. April 25, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    My kids would love this for breakfast!

  5. April 25, 2016 at 11:09 AM #

    We love having brinner! WIll have to try this next time!

  6. April 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM #

    I love using my crock-pot but have never made a breakfast in it. I really love this idea, and with just a few tweaks, I can make this for my gluten-free family. Nice to see the big “Gluten-free” label on that sausage too!

  7. April 25, 2016 at 3:53 PM #

    Great to change your scenery every so often and a coffee shop is a wonderful place – such drama sometimes, huh. ; ) And we’re big fans of breakfast for any meal. This is so easy and satisfying!

  8. April 25, 2016 at 5:20 PM #

    you had me at cheesy…it looks so good

  9. April 26, 2016 at 12:25 AM #

    I love easy Crockpot recipes and this one sounds like a winner with chorizo and hashbrowns!

  10. April 26, 2016 at 1:59 AM #

    Easy, fuss-free, delicious – always a winning combination!

  11. April 26, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

    I know if I tried to work at the local coffee shop I’d never get anything done because I’d be too busy people watching. Maybe someday I should try it though, just to get out of the house.
    Your hash brown casserole looks cheesy and delicious. I know my husband would love it, and so would I.

  12. El Jefe De La Torta
    April 26, 2016 at 3:05 PM #

    Dear Mrs. Wishes, is thissoy free? I ask because I am allergic to milk, so i was wondering if this had soy in it. I think it’s the nuts that really cause my throat to go all weird on me, but if there is soy then i can’t eat it, it’s like cheese and bananas, they don’t go together very well in a cake. Ok, thanks for your help. Keep on cookin, good lookin. Don’t take that too be flirtatious, it’s just a rhymne. I am married to a lady in Russia, so don’t worry, except i haven’t met her yet. The website said she arrives next month. She keeps messaging me asking for more money, it’s weird. BUt i love her so i keep sending the money. Ta ta… tooteloo.

  13. April 26, 2016 at 3:20 PM #

    I’ve been doing the same thing as well lately and it really does help just to change up the atmosphere! And this casserole sounds so cozy and delicious!

  14. April 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM #

    Slow cooker meals like this save the day. My family is sure to enjoy this hearty and delicious dinner!

  15. April 27, 2016 at 10:39 AM #

    I’m jealous of your cafe’ working. There are no coffee shops here for me to hide out in! I’d probably get way more done (unless I was sitting next to that lady).
    Also jealous of you casserole. Totally trying this!

  16. April 28, 2016 at 9:26 AM #

    Comfort food to the max. LOVE all that cheesy deliciousness!

  17. April 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM #

    “Brinner” is a favorite in my house, this looks so creamy and delicious, I have to try it for my family!

  18. May 1, 2016 at 10:44 PM #

    Slow cooker recipes are always so helpful for busy times. This looks so delicious!

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