Yields: 8 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 20 Mins Cook Time: 1 Hr Total 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.
- 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.