Chicken Cassoulet Recipe: Delicious French Comfort Food

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Hello friends, I recently shared a delicious traditional Cassoulet made with Duck. Many of you were having difficulty in finding the right ingredients and the fact that it was somewhat time-consuming. So I thought I would share with you a recipe that is easier to make with chicken as the main ingredient. And it is just as delicious! Join me in learning the simplified version of Cassoulet. I am certain you will like it as much as I do. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Servings 4 Servings

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Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 ounces 113 grams thick-cut Bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 4 skinless Chicken Legs
  • 4 skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 3 Chorizo Sausage Links (or your favorite Sausage)
  • 2 tablespoons 30 ml Garlic Olive Oil
  • 1 large or 2 smaller Onions, diced
  • 2 cups 300 grams Celery medium dice
  • 2 cups 300 grams Carrots medium dice
  • 2 cups 300 grams mixed Bell Peppers, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon 3 grams Sage freshly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon 3 grams Thyme freshly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons 12 grams Garlic chopped
  • 1 cup 150 grams Tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups 480 ml Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups 480 ml Beef Stock (or enough stock to cover the ingredients)
  • 1 Smoked Ham Hock
  • 1 can of 28 ounces (794 grams) can of Cannellini Beans
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Recipe Instructions

  • In a Non-Stick Fry Pan over medium heat, add the bacon, and when it releases enough fat, add the chicken and sausage and sauté until golden brown.
  • In a Dutch oven, add the olive oil and when hot, add the onion and cook until golden brown. Add celery, carrots, bell peppers, fresh herbs, and garlic. When the garlic is fragrant, add the tomatoes and stocks.
  • Add the chicken, bacon, and sausages, and make sure there is enough stock to cover all the ingredients.
  • Cook over very low heat for about 45 minutes, making sure to check the bottom of your pot every 15 minutes.
  • Remove the ham hock and adjust the consistency with a cooked roux, flour, or cornstarch diluted in water.
  • Add the beans and cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Note: Please adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences. Enjoy your Chicken, Sausage and Beans dish!

FAQs about preparing Chicken Cassoulet:

1. What is Chicken Cassoulet?

Chicken Cassoulet is a hearty dish hailing from the south of France, traditionally made with a variety of meats and white beans. This version substitutes chicken for the typical pork or mutton, making it leaner but still full of flavor. It often includes ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, onions, and herbs, all slow-cooked to create a deliciously comforting dish.

2. Can Chicken Cassoulet be prepared in advance?

Yes, Chicken Cassoulet can be prepared in advance. In fact, it often tastes better the next day after the flavors have had time to meld together. You can prepare the entire dish and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it. Be sure to allow it to come to room temperature before baking.

3. What should I look for when buying chicken for Chicken Cassoulet?

When buying chicken for Cassoulet, look for high-quality, bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces. This will ensure the most flavor in your cassoulet. Fresh, organic chicken often has the best flavor and texture. Avoid buying frozen chicken if possible, as it may have a tougher texture.

4. What is the best way to freeze Chicken Cassoulet?

To freeze Chicken Cassoulet, allow it to cool completely before transferring it into airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. If you’re using freezer bags, be sure to press out any excess air before sealing. You can also freeze portions in individual containers for easy reheating.

5. How long can Chicken Cassoulet be kept frozen?

Chicken Cassoulet can be kept frozen for up to 3 months without losing any significant quality. Beyond this time, it will still be safe to eat but may start to lose some of its flavor and texture.

6. How do I store leftover Chicken Cassoulet?

Store any leftover Chicken Cassoulet in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking. Put it into a shallow airtight container and make sure it’s properly sealed. It should last for up to 4 days.

7. What’s the best way to reheat Chicken Cassoulet?

The best way to reheat Chicken Cassoulet is in the oven. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C), cover the cassoulet with foil to prevent it from drying out, and heat for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. If reheating a frozen cassoulet, defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

8. What sides pair well with Chicken Cassoulet?

Given the hearty nature of Chicken Cassoulet, it often pairs well with lighter sides such as a crisp salad with vinaigrette dressing or steamed vegetables. A crusty French or Garlic bread can also complement the dish.

9. What wines pair well with Chicken Cassoulet?

Medium to full-bodied red wines, like a Côtes du Rhône or Pinot Noir, pair beautifully with Chicken Cassoulet. If you prefer white wine, try a full-bodied Chardonnay. The rich flavors of the wine can stand up to the hearty dish and enhance its flavor.

10. Is Chicken Cassoulet gluten-free?

Traditional Chicken Cassoulet is gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free chicken broth. However, always check labels of packaged ingredients to ensure they do not contain any hidden gluten sources.

11. Can I use different types of meat in my Chicken Cassoulet?

Absolutely! Traditional cassoulet often contains duck, pork sausages, or even mutton. Feel free to substitute or add these meats to your liking, just be sure to adjust cooking times as necessary.

12. Can I make a vegetarian version of Chicken Cassoulet?

Yes, for a vegetarian version, omit the chicken and add more beans or substitute with other protein-rich ingredients like tofu or tempeh. You could also add more vegetables like bell peppers and zucchini to make the dish more substantial.

13. How can I make my Chicken Cassoulet more flavorful?

The key to a flavorful Chicken Cassoulet is in the slow cooking and the quality of the ingredients. Fresh herbs, a good quality chicken stock, and high-quality meat will all contribute to a tastier end result. Also, don’t forget to season your cassoulet properly with salt and pepper.

14. Is Chicken Cassoulet healthy?

Chicken Cassoulet can be part of a balanced diet. It’s high in protein and fiber from the beans, and if made with lean chicken, it’s lower in fat than traditional versions. However, like any dish, it should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

15. Can I make Chicken Cassoulet in a slow cooker?

Yes, Chicken Cassoulet can be adapted to be made in a slow cooker. Simply brown your chicken and onions before adding them to the slow cooker with the other ingredients, and then cook on low for 7-8 hours. This can be a great way to have a comforting meal ready at the end of the day with minimal effort.

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