Chicken Cassoulet with Sausage and Swiss Chard

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Chicken Cassoulet with Sausage and Swiss Chard is a hearty meat and white bean stew made lighter than the classic.

Chicken Cassoulet with white beans and swiss chard.
Chicken Cassoulet

Traditionally made with rich pork sausage and duck confit, this chicken cassoulet is lightened up using chicken thighs but is still cozy, nourishing, and satisfying. A true one-pot recipe topped with garlic crumbs and packed with fiber. Swiss chard is an uncommon addition, but its sautéed stems add great texture, and the greens round out the dish. For more Swiss chard recipes, try this Swiss Chard Eggs Benedict and Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Frittata.

Chicken Cassoulet in a bowl.

What is a cassoulet?

Cassoulet is a hearty French meat and bean stew that slowly cooks. A classic cassoulet typically has duck confit, pork, and white beans. The dish gets its name from the pot called a “cassole,” which a cassoulet was made in.

What to Serve with Chicken Cassoulet

One of the best things about a cassoulet is that it’s a whole meal in one. You get your fiber, protein, carbs, and veggies all from one dish. However, if you’d like to round it out, I recommend serving your chicken cassoulet with a salad, or roasted vegetables.

How To Store, Freeze and Reheat Cassoulet

Leftovers will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 3 months. Store cooled leftovers in glass containers  or freezer safe dish and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating. To reheat, microwave until heated through.

Variations:

  • Greens: Feel free to swap out the swiss chard for turnip greens, mustard greens, or kale if you’d prefer – just don’t throw away the stems.
  • Sausage: Use any sausage you’d like. One with apple and sage enhances the mild, wintry flavors, while a spicy Italian or andouille lends subtle heat.
  • Beans: Sub cannellini beans for great northern.

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Chicken Cassoulet with Sausage and Swiss Chard

417 Cals 34 Protein 45.5 Carbs 10.5 Fats
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: French
Chicken Cassoulet with Sausage and Swiss Chard is a hearty meat and white bean stew made lighter than the classic.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches Swiss chard,, about 10 oz each
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 12 oz Italian chicken sausage
  • 1/2 cup panko or gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 tbsp lightly packed fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 carrots, sliced into rounds or half-moons
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, (about 2 1/2 lbs), cut into 2” chunks
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp herbes de provence or dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 15-oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 375F.
  • Strip the Swiss chard leaves from the stems. Thinly slice the stems and chop the leaves.
  • In a Dutch oven or heavy ovenproof pot, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Brown the links of sausage for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until well browned. Slice the links into rounds and set aside. Wipe pot and spritz with olive oil.
  • Add the breadcrumbs to the pan and toast, stirring regularly, until golden.
  • Add 1/3 of the garlic and cook for another minute, then remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the chopped parsley and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil to the pan.
  • Stir in the onion, saute for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the chard stems, carrots, and celery.
  • Cook, stirring regularly, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables start to soften and the moisture cooks out. If they start to give off too much liquid, increase the heat to medium-high.
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  • Add the remaining garlic and cook about a minute more.
  • Pour in the wine and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Increase the heat slightly and allow most of the liquid to cook off.
  • Add the chicken, chicken broth, bay leaves and herbs and bring to an active simmer; cook until the liquid reduces by about half, 5 to 7 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed.
  • Add the chopped chard leaves (working in batches if needed) and stir until they wilt slightly.
  • Fold in the beans and sausage and stir.
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  • Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste. I used 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, but you can reduce or omit for lower sodium.
  • Transfer to the oven and cook, uncovered about 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is tender and the stew thickens. Serve topped with breadcrumbs.

Notes

Variations:

  • Greens: Feel free to swap out the swiss chard for turnip greens, mustard greens, or kale if you’d prefer – just don’t throw away the stems.
  • Sausage: Use any sausage you’d like. One with apple and sage enhances the mild, wintry flavors, while a spicy Italian or andouille lends subtle heat.
  • Beans: Sub cannellini beans for great northern. 
  • Reduce Sodium by using salt free beans and reducing the salt.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups, Calories: 417kcal, Carbohydrates: 45.5g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 10.5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 96.5mg, Sodium: 1120mg, Fiber: 9.5g, Sugar: 5g
Keywords: Cassoulet, one pot chicken dinner

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72 comments

  1. My husband doesn’t like chicken thighs.  Can you substitute boneless chicken breasts for thighs?

  2. I let my swiss chard get overgrown so I made this and Gina’s swiss chard frittata to get it used up. This recipe is delicious. Really delicious. I did find it a little complicated in the prep – there are a lot of steps – but I started earlier than I normally begin dinner prep so I wouldn’t feel rushed. The work was completely worth it. My dinner companion is still talking today about how much he enjoyed it last night.

  3. This was delicious.

    So I didn’t have swiss chard, celery or carrots. So I used frozen carrots and peas and I had some baby bok choy that I used. I used turkey sausage.
    Anyway the dish was delicious. This is a keeper recipe. Thanks so much.

  4. I made this recipe more to choose a ‘healthy’ option than anything else and wow the flavor was stunning. Highly recommend!

  5. Great recipe! I was making on a weeknight and I only had 15-20 minutes to prep, so I skipped the first few steps and started with sautéing the onions. I baked it for 30 min, turned the oven and left the pot in the oven for another hour or so while I ran some errands. My husband, who rarely comments on dinner, ate a few bites and said “Where did you get this recipe?”… then a few minutes later he said, “this is good.” then after his second bowl he said “add this to the dinner rotation!”. That’s VERY high praise from my husband. LOL! My toddler also tried it. She wasn’t really feeling the beans or carrots at first… but I gave her a bite of chicken and she said “This tastes normal!”. And she ended up eating the beans as well. Two for two! Great recipe!

  6. This was fantastic: earthy, cozy and perfectly balanced! I added mushrooms and used fewer beans just to balance everyone’s tastes at home. It was worth all of the effort for sure!

    • This was delicious.

      So I didn’t have swiss chard, celery or carrots. So I used frozen carrots and peas and I had some baby bok choy that I used. I used turkey sausage.
      Anyway the dish was delicious. This is a keeper recipe. Thanks so much.

  7. I liked this recipe. My daughter has requested that I make it again. (she’s not a picky eater though) Two things: in my area, I cannot find chicken sausage, so I had to sub turkey sausage. Also, I can’t find swiss chard, so I subbed kale.