Chicken Cassoulet

National Chicken Council
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
  • Prep: 10italia
  • Cook: 1 hour 40 minutes


3pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch cubes
2tablespoons canola oil, divided
1tablespoon Italian herb seasoning
3/4teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon black pepper
1cup white wine
1-- (28-ounce) can diced chopped tomatoes, with juices
1-1/2cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1-- bay leaf
1-1/2pound Italian sweet sausage, casings removed
2-- onions, chopped
1-- red bell pepper, chopped
2cloves garlic, diced
4-- (15-ounce) cans cannelloni (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2cup dried bread crumbs
1/4cup chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In very large skillet or Dutch oven, warm 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. In batches without crowding, cook chicken thigh pieces, turning, until browned lightly on all sides, about 15 minutes total. Sprinkle chicken with Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Add wine; bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits on the bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Add tomatoes with their juices, broth and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer.
  3. In another large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking up pieces with side of large spoon, about 8 minutes. Add onions, pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 6 minutes. Stir into chicken mixture, along with beans.
  4. In small bowl, combine bread crumbs and parsley. Sprinkle over top of cassoulet. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Using large spoon, gently press the thin crust that has formed on the cassoulet just under the surface. Return to oven and continue baking until cassoulet is simmering and another crust has formed, about 30 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving hot. 

Adapted from Christmas 101 by Rick Rodgers, Broadway Books, 2004.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 540
  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Fat 25g
  • Saturated Fat 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 10g
  • Cholesterol 135mg
  • Sodium 1260mg
  • Potassium 940mg
  • Carbohydrate 25g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 50g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 15%
  • Vitamin C 60%
  • Calcium 10%
  • Iron 30%