DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Sara Lee’s Hillshire Farm brand has launched Applewood Smoked Chicken Lit’l Smokies. This new poultry spin on the classic Lit’l Smokies features 100 calories and 7 grams of protein per serving.

The first chicken Lit’l Smokies from the Hillshire Farm line of premium quality sausage products, Applewood Smoked Chicken Lit’l Smokies contain 60 percent less fat and 40 percent fewer calories than regular Lit’l Smokies, offering consumers more variety when serving up holiday hors d’oeuvres and snacks, the company said. Chicken sausage is the fastest-growing protein in the sausage category, which experienced 25 percent growth in 2010, according to Hillshire Farm.

“As we gear up for entertaining season, consumers are looking for more lower-calorie snack options they can feel good about serving their families and guests,” said Daryl Gormley, brand general manager, Hillshire Farm. “Hillshire Farm Applewood Smoked Chicken Lit’l Smokies offer the satisfying flavor our consumers expect from our Lit’l Smokies product offerings while serving as a better-for-you option that does not compromise on taste.”