Cassoulet for Today

Cassoulet for Today

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 6

    boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-½ pounds)

  • ¼

    teaspoon salt

  • ¼

    teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon olive oil, divided

  • 1

    large onion, chopped

  • 2

    garlic cloves, minced, divided

  • ½

    cup white wine or chicken broth

  • 1

    can (14-½ ounces) diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 1

    teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 1

    teaspoon minced fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2

    cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • ¼

    pound smoked turkey kielbasa, chopped

  • 3

    bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

  • ½

    cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs

  • ¼

    cup minced fresh parsley

Directions

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, brown chicken in 2 teaspoons oil in batches. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute onion in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Add 1 garlic clove; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme and chicken; bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Add beans and kielbasa; cover and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaf. Stir in bacon. Combine the bread crumbs, parsley and remaining garlic; sprinkle over cassoulet. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown. Freeze option: Transfer baked chicken mixture to a baking dish, reserving bread crumb topping for baking. Cool; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Reheat cassoulet, covered, until heated through and a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Prepare bread crumbs as directed; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, until bread crumbs are golden brown.


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