5 Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug

by Beth - Budget Bytes
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Ever since making my 5 Minute Microwave French Toast Mug a couple of weeks ago, I’ve wanted to try a savory version (because I’m alllll about savory breakfast). I’m about to go out of town again and desperately trying to use up the last few leftover ingredients in my fridge before I go, so I thought now was a good time. For this savory microwave breakfast mug I used some left over French bread, leftover rotisserie chicken, a handful of baby spinach, and a little shredded cheese. It’s so simple, but so extremely satisfying! It’s like a single serving breakfast strata

A savory breakfast mug from the front, melted cheese and parsley on top

Use What You’ve Got For a New Breakfast Mug Every Time

What I think I love the most about this dish is that you can use just about any meat, vegetable, or cheese that you have on hand. I used rotisserie chicken, but you could use just about any deli meat in its place (or leave out the meat all together).

For vegetables you could use frozen broccoli (chopped fine), frozen spinach, mushrooms, green onions, diced bell peppers, or even a couple grape tomatoes.

I happened to have cheddar on hand, which makes a nice color contrast, but you could do something like feta, shredded Parmesan, smoked gouda, or pepper jack.

There are just so many options. If you think about the flavor themes that restaurants do with omelets, you could do the same themes with this savory microwave breakfast mug (think mediterranean, southwest, Denver, garden, etc.).

No Price Estimate This Time, Sorrry

I decided not to price out this recipe because I was using such small quantities of ingredients and they were all leftovers, so it would be nearly impossible to get even a general price estimate. But, I think the idea of re-using leftovers for a new meal is important enough to stand on its own. :)

A fork lifting a bite of a microwave breakfast mug out of the mug
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5 Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug

4.82 from 16 votes
Use the leftovers in your fridge to make this delicious and filling 5 Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug. Fast and easy!
Use the leftovers in your fridge to make this delicious and filling 5 Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug. Fast and easy! BudgetBytes.com
Servings 1
Prep 4 minutes
Cook 1 minute
Total 5 minutes


  • 1 cup stale bread pieces*
  • 1/4 cup pre-cooked chopped sausage
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped vegetables
  • 2 Tbsp shredded cheese
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 large egg
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


  • Tear or cut the bread into 1/2-inch pieces. Chop the meat and vegetables into small pieces. Shred the cheese.
  • Add the butter to the bottom of a large mug (10-12oz.) and microwave on high for 20 seconds or until it is fully melted. Whisk in the milk, egg, salt, and pepper with a fork.
  • Stir the meat, vegetables, and cheese into the milk and egg mixture first, then gently fold in the bread cubes until they are fully saturated.
  • Let the mug sit for one minute to fully absorb the liquid, then microwave on high for about 90 seconds, or until the center is solid and it has begun to pull away from the mug around the edges. Serve hot.

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*The stronger the bread, the better. Don’t try to make this with soft sandwich bread. Tear or cut the bread into 1/2-inch cubes.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 414.1kcalCarbohydrates: 20.9gProtein: 23.5gFat: 24.6gSodium: 1389.4mgFiber: 2g
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Savory Breakfast Mug Dry Ingredients - Cubed bread, cubed chicken, cheddar, and parsley

Tear a couple slices of stale bread into 1/2-inch pieces, or about 1 cup of pieces. Finely chop about 1/4 cup of meat (I used rotisserie chicken) and 1/4 cup of vegetables (I used baby spinach). Shred about 1/4 cup of cheese (I used cheddar).

Measure Bread in mug

If you’re unsure about how much bread to use, go ahead and put the bread pieces in your mug. They should come almost all the way up to the top when placed loosely in the mug (don’t pack them in, there needs to be room for the other ingredients).

Eggs whisked in mug

Set the bread pieces aside, then place 1 Tbsp butter in the bottom of the mug. Microwave the butter for about 20 seconds, or until it is melted. Whisk in 3 Tbsp milk, 1 large egg, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Dry Ingredients stirred into eggs in the mug

Stir the dry ingredients into the milk and egg mixture, starting with the meat, vegetables, and cheese. Fold the break pieces in last so they don’t begin to break apart when they soften from the liquid. Let the mixture sit for about a minute to fully absorb the liquid.

Mug microwaved 90 seconds

Microwave the mug on high for about 90 seconds, or until the center is solid and the sides begin to pull away from the mug. Every microwave is a bit different, so you may need to experiment with the timing. 

Close up of a forkful of microwave breakfast mug, with the rest of the mug in the background

And that’s it! In just 5 minutes you have a totally delicious and filling Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug AND reduced your food waste. :)

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  1. I’ve probably commented on this recipe before, but I just made it again for the umpteenth time (I couldn’t begin to guess how many times I’ve made it in the past few years). It is one of my favorite “go to” recipes, and I love being able to throw in whatever assortment of meat/veggies I have on hand.

  2. Just finished eating this microwave savory breakfast.
    I prepped 2 of them yesterday and microwaved them this morning. I used beyond breakfast patties, spinach, green onion, and red bell pepper, with the last two slices of no knead bread that were a little dry. Those ingredients added to the eggs, milk and cheese made a filling, easy, and very tasty breakfast.