Kirkwood Never Any! Mild Italian Chicken Sausage

I love Aldi’s Never Any! line of products, and that includes this Kirkwood Never Any! Mild Italian Chicken Sausage with mozzarella cheese, peppers, and onions. The Never Any! line includes chicken breasts, lunch meat, and other meat products that do not contain hormones or preservatives, and it’s a great example of how Aldi has become more health-conscious in recent years.

Kirkwood Never Any!

The Kirkwood Never Any! Mild Italian Chicken Sausage is sold in the refrigerated section near the lunch meats and comes with four sausages in a 12-ounce package. The product is advertised as using chicken raised without antibiotics or hormones, which are fed a vegetarian diet and no animal by-products. No nitrites or nitrates are added and there are no preservatives.

Ingredients are chicken, part-skim mozzarella cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), red and green bell peppers, and onions, and it contains 2% or less of the following: sugar, salt, natural spices, paprika, parsley, roasted garlic, natural flavor, vinegar, and collagen casing. No unpronounceable or unknown ingredients here.

Each link comes in at 140 calories, with 80 calories from fat. Each link has 9 grams of fat and 590 mg of sodium.

The chicken sausage is fully cooked and simply requires heating.

You can grill links over medium to low heat, turning links often, for 8 to 10 minutes.

You can pan fry the links by placing them in a pan with 1/2 inch of water and covering the pan. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes on medium to low heat. To brown, drain water, remove cover, and heat on medium to low heat until brown.

You can also place the links in a microwave-safe dish, add water to cover the links, and place a cover on the dish. Heat on high for 3 minutes, then let stand 1 to 2 minutes prior to serving.

The peppers and onions in the chicken sausage are diced so small, I hardly notice or taste them. I can see spots of gooey, melted cheese when I bite into the sausage, but I can’t taste it much. These are good-tasting sausages, though. We usually eat these on regular hot dog buns with hot dog types of toppings such as ketchup, mustard, and relish, but you could put fresh veggies or any other toppings you like on the sausage.

The Verdict:

Aldi’s Kirkwood Never Any! Mild Italian Chicken Sausage with mozzarella cheese, peppers, and onions is a good, healthy option that tastes great, and it’s a nice alternative to hot dogs or brats. I can’t taste the peppers, onions, or cheese much, but I still like these chicken sausages. Recommended.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Senior Editor for Aldi Reviewer. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and collecting house plants when she isn't busy shopping at Aldi.

5 Comments

  1. Now these are labeled “Never Any Italian chicken sausage.” They now are 150 calories, 8g fat, 460 sodium and 4 carbs. I count carbs and this was a terrible discovery as the old ones in the kirkwood label had ZERO carbs.

    • We love everything about these sausages except we find at least one or two pieces of chicken bone or cartilage in each one. We chew carefully. Wish they could be more careful when processing.

  2. Where do they get the collagen for the casing? Is this synthetic? Beef? Or pork? I need to know for allergy reasons

    • It’s either pork or beef. My leaning is toward pork – I need to know for allergy reasons too, and given my reaction it’s definitely not synthetic or something I’ll be able to purchase again 🙁

  3. Sadly, in the US Ractopamine is not regulated or listed on product labels. It is a beta-adrenergic agonist used to improve feed partitioning in some beef, most pork, and most turkeys. As a steroid, it is banned in many countries around the world. The Zoetis Material Data Safety Sheet can be found here: https://www.zoetisus.com/contact/pages/product_information/msds_pi/msds/engain_9.pdf.
    I cannot safely eat commercial pork or turkey. It took 2 ambulance calls for chest pains to discover this. I have not tried Never Any turkey, but I tried Never Any ham. One slice was enough for me to break out the nitroglycerin, although an ER visit was not necessary. I was disappointed, but not surprised. Pharmaceutical companies have done their best to promote this steroid’s use in animal agriculture.
    Reading the precautions on the safety data sheet, it says that people with cardiac problems should avoid contact with the material. There are more than a few of us. I’d love to see Aldi address this in the Never Any! line.
    Ractopamine use in animals is banned in Germany. Surely Aldi could do the same in the US

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