Costco Andouille Sausage (Chicken) - Super Healthy
AmyLu Andouille Chicken Sausage at Costco
Costco sells a 2.5-pound pack of AmyLu Andouille Casing-Free Chicken Sausage for $15.59. The andouille sausage can be found in the refrigerated deli area near some of the other sausages such as the jalapeno beef smoked sausage and the grass fed sausage.
Each pack of AmyLu Andouille Sausages will contain 16 links that weigh about 6 ounces each.
The sausages are made with chicken raised with no antibiotics, and no nitrites or nitrates are added except for those naturally occurring in parsley. The product is also gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
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AmyLu is a Chicago based brand that takes traditional pork or beef items and recreates them using only chicken.
They often add some tasty flavors to their chicken products, and they are typically much healthier than their pork or beef counterparts. The ingredient list of their food items is usually pretty clean as well. That is a great bonus!
I’ve reviewed a few other AmyLu chicken brand products that Costco sells, including their chicken burgers, chicken meatballs, and their breakfast links.
What is Andouille Sausage?
Andouille Sausage is a smoked pork sausage that originated in France. In America, the andouille sausage is usually found in cajun cuisine and is smoked.
An Andouille sausage has an intense and distinct flavor and is packed with seasonings, including garlic, pepper, and onions.
AmyLu’s andouille sausage is made with chicken and is casing free. They also print on their label that this is a pork-free product.
Normally, I would expect any chicken sausage to automatically be pork-free as many people don’t consume pork or beef and eat the chicken version as an alternative.
I’m not sure if this is something they genuinely want to advertise or if they are taking a shot at their Costco rival brand, Aidell’s.
Aidell’s is also a company that focuses on chicken-based products, but their chicken sausage does include a pork casing.
Costco Cost Comparison
How Much Does Andouille Sausage Cost at Costco?
Costco sells the 2.5-pound pack (16 count) AmyLu Andouille Chicken Sausage for $15.59. This breaks down to a per-pound price of $6.24 and a per-sausage price of $0.97.
AmyLu is a brand that goes on sale fairly often at Costco, and I purchased the andouille sausage at $4 off, bringing the total price down to $11.59. This is a hefty discount of 25%, with the price per pound dropping to $4.64 and the andouille sausages dropping to $0.72 each.
The price is a little on the high end at retail but is very reasonable when the andouille sausages are on sale.
Costco vs The Competition
According to AmyLu’s website, they do sell their Andouille Chicken Sausages at high end retailers such as Whole Foods and Sprouts, but unfortunately, my local stores did not carry the sausage.
I am unable to do a price comparison, but I would bet large amounts of money that Costco has the better price.
Costco Andouille Sausage Taste Test
I opted to cook the Costco andouille sausage on the stovetop. I think that brings the best combination of convenience and quality, and will also char up the outside of the sausage just a little bit.
The cook took about 7 total minutes and the andouille sausages were thoroughly heated.
Thin, But Nice Color
Visually, the andouille sausage looked pretty good. They have a nice red color and definitely look the part.
The sausage is on the thinner side, and like most, I would prefer a sausage with a little more girth. This feels a little bit like a link instead of a sausage.
Lacking Strong Andouille Flavor
The flavor profile of the andouille sausage is good but lacking. The andouille flavor of the sausage is just ok. It didn’t wow me with any intense flavor, and I would call this an andouille sausage lite.
I can see where AmyLu was going with the flavor, but it’s just not enough to take over a dish like a traditional pork andouille sausage.
AmyLu also labels their sausages as spicy, but I consider the sausage to be closer to the medium side. There is some spice and a little kick, but it is minor at best.
The spice was a little uneven throughout the andouille sausage. Some of the bites didn’t have any kick at all.
Chicken vs Pork
The use of chicken in this andouille sausage makes a very noticeable difference in the texture and taste. The chicken is moist and juicy, but even then, it doesn’t compare to standard pork sausage.
The texture of the chicken is also a little more spongy than a pork sausage. It doesn’t have the ground-up sausage feel that really makes sausage taste amazing.
Purely in taste, this is where the sausage falls short, but it does make up for it with its nutritional benefits.
AmyLu Paleo Andouille Sausage Cooking Directions
AmyLu recommends 3 different methods for heating their Andouille Sausage. They are already fully cooked, but you can grill them, heat them on the stovetop or even microwave them.
The stove top is the best option of the three.
Place sausages on the grill over medium heat, turning them frequently until warmed through.
Pan fry sausages on medium heat until warm. Add water to steam as needed.
Sausage that has not been heated
Heat links for 35 to 45 seconds.
Nutritional Information and Calories
How Many Calories in Costco's Andouille Sausage
Each individual andouille sausage from Costco is going to be 1 serving. Each sausage will contain 110 calories coming from 6 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, and 1 gram of carb.
This is an excellent nutritional profile and is absolutely fantastic when compared to pork andouille sausage. The protein count is very high, and I am a big fan of foods that have higher protein than combined fat and carbs.
The calories are also very reasonable at only 110 calories per chicken andouille sausage. Nutritionally, the andouille chicken sausage is going to be vastly superior to a pork sausage.
Moderate Amount of Sodium
One thing to always be cautious about with Costco’s deli or frozen foods is their sodium content. These andouille sausages have 550 mg or 22% of the daily recommended sodium content.
This isn’t necessarily bad, but at only 6 ounces and 110 calories, it is very easy to eat multiple sausages per meal. In that case, the sodium content can quickly and easily add up.
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