Sunday, January 31, 2021

Bean and Chicken Cassoulet #SundayFunday

This quick and easy bean and chicken cassoulet has all the flavor of those long, slow recipes so that you can enjoy it anytime.

Bean and Chicken Cassoulet

You might wonder how I am sharing this for the Sunday Funday theme of Croissants.......
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My friend Cam of Culinary Adventures wth Camilla is hosting our Sunday Funday group today.  Cam asked us to share recipes that feature Croissants.  It seems that yesterday was National Croissant Day....who knew?

So this is what Cam had to say about it......

"Let's share favorite recipes for MAKING croissants or just USING already made croissants (croissant bread pudding with store-bought croissants, anyone?!). Just have fun."

Let's see what everyone decided to share today......

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You might be wondering how a Bean and Chicken Cassoulet got made for a Croissant Event.  Well...it's a long story.......

You see, we bloggers are planners.  We plan our menus weeks and months in advance of events, especially if, like me, your posts are also your meals.  So when Cam suggested this theme I had planned on making some Croissants.  I had made them before when I shared these Chocolate Croissants and they turned out well, so I was excited to try my hand at them again, just plain or perhaps with some cheese.  

Bean and Chicken Cassoulet

Then life happened.  The Monday after Christmas my husband had a stroke and ended up in the hospital.  The dinner I had planned and was going to serve the croissants with was canceled.  My husband spent a few days in the hospital and was sent home on the evening of December 29th.  

I began researching different diets to help control high blood pressure as this appeared to be the only cause of his stroke.  I made up a menu that did not include croissants LOL....

On December 31st, my husband, again, began showing signs of stroke.  Back to the hospital he went where he spent a week undergoing tests and being treated for high blood pressure.  While he was in the hospital, I spent my time researching recipes that were low sodium, heart healthy and nutritious dinners to try to get him back to top condition. 

The week he was home was amazing.....he was doing better than he had since the Powered Parachute Crash.  Then a week later he was again showing symptoms of a stroke.  Back to the hospital where they found a brain bleed and put him into ICU.  

This cassoulet was on the menu for the night he went back to the hospital.  I had taken the chicken out of the freezer and had bought the croissants to stale up so I could turn them into croutons.

Bean and Chicken Cassoulet


That first night, I ended up picking up fast food on the way home for the Teen and I.  The following day, our eldest son flew home from VA.   On the way home from the airport he stopped and picked up Chinese.   The following night I told him I had to make this casserole because I had taken the chicken out for it.  I went to grab the croissants...The Teen had eaten them.  Chuck ran up to the store and bought me some more so my croissants were not stale when I used them but they still worked out beautifully.

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it and this cassoulet is a stick to the ribs type dinner without the 
time needed for the classic dish.  Enjoy.......


One Pot Dinners, Chicken, Beans, Casseroles, Entrees
Entrees, Chicken, Casseroles
American
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Bean and Chicken Cassoulet

Bean and Chicken Cassoulet

This quick and easy bean and chicken cassoulet has all the flavor of those long, slow recipes so that you can enjoy it anytime.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

  • 2 T. olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 Chicken Italian Sausages
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2 t. dried Italian herbs
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can prepared baked beans
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 2 croissants, cubed
  • 1/2 t. lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 T. minced parsley

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tablespoon of the oil in a dutch oven over med high heat.  Add the chicken and brown on both sides.  Add the sausage and cook until browned all over.  Add onions and Italian herbs, cook for a minute or two until onions start to soften.  Add the tomatoes with their juice, beans and broth.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and place into a preheated 400* oven for 25 minutes.
  2. Toss croissant cubes wth the remaining olive oil, lemon pepper and parsley.  Scatter on top of the ingredients in the pot and return to the oven, uncovered for another 15 minutes, until browned and slightly crisp.

Notes:

Adapted from a recipe found at Taste of Home

Calories

730.46

Fat (grams)

39.30

Sat. Fat (grams)

12.66

Carbs (grams)

37.98

Fiber (grams)

5.29

Net carbs

32.70

Sugar (grams)

14.70

Protein (grams)

58.54

Sodium (milligrams)

1064.82

Cholesterol (grams)

252.00

20 comments:

  1. I so hope the hospital visits are in the past for Frank. It's not a great time to be there (if there ever is one). Best laid plans, right? It looks like this turned out beautifully. I bet your family was glad to dig into a good comforting meal like this.

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    1. Yes, my son isn't a chicken lover at all but he was happy with it and thought it was good.

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  2. Life happens. I am so grateful that Frank is home and healing. Happy that you joined in the fun with this delicious looking recipe.

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  3. The fact that you even got this made and posted is amazing. You are a trooper. Much love to both of you.

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    1. Well, the fact that I couldn't visit the hospital had a lot to do with that.

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  4. I've always wanted to try a cassoulet! This sounds amazing and I love your perseverance, still making the meal & posting during such a stressful time!

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    1. It helped to have something else to occupy my mind, especially since there were no visitors allowed in the hospital.

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  5. Looks delicious ! Prayers for Frank and you and your family.

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  6. So sorry to hear about your husband. I love a good cassoulet so this a great post! Hope things are looking up for you all.

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  7. You guys have been through the ringer over the past year Wendy!! Continued healing thoughts and prayers for a calm, happy, peaceful remainder of the year! (And this dish looks delicious!)

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  8. Those lovely browned croissant pieces on top make this dish extra special. I'm so glad that Frank is home again!

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    1. Me too Stacy, and every day he improves so much....A lot of thankfulness in this household.

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  9. Glad to know that Frank is home and recovering, take care of yourself too Wendy! This cassoulet does sound amazing and look delicious.

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  10. This sounds heavenly...a great way to use croissants. Hope Frank is feeling better now and things are going a bit more smoothly!

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    1. Frank is nearly back to normal. As I sit here and blog, he is doing clean up duty after dinner.

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