Chicken Cassoulet with Sausage and Swiss Chard

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

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 minsCook Time: 1 hrTotal Time: 1 hr 20 mins

Chicken Cassoulet with Sausage and Swiss Chard is a hearty meat and white bean stew made lighter than the classic.
2 bunches Swiss chard,, about 10 oz each2 tbsp olive oil, divided12 oz Italian chicken sausage1/2 cup panko or gluten-free breadcrumbs2 cloves garlic, minced, divided2 tbsp lightly packed fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped1 yellow onion, chopped2 to 3 carrots, sliced into rounds or half-moons2 stalks celery, sliced½ cup white wine8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, (about 2 1/2 lbs), cut into 2” chunks1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth2 bay leaves1 Tbsp herbes de provence or dried rosemary1 tsp Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste3 15-oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
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. 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. 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.
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.

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
Blue Smart Points: 7
Green Smart Points: 10
Purple Smart Points: 7

Keywords: Cassoulet, one pot chicken dinner

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