Chicken cassoulet

A hearty French stew that's perfect for warming you up on cool evenings.
chicken cassoulet

This classic French stew contains hearty haricot beans, sausages and chicken is full of fresh vegetables and is beautiful served with crusty bread.

When the weather cools down, we naturally turn to heartier, more comforting food. At the top of our list? A warming winter stew or casserole.

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1.In a large bowl, cover beans with water. Stand overnight; drain. Rinse under cold water; drain.
2.Preheat oven to 180°C.
3.In a large saucepan of boiling water, cook sausages, uncovered, 2 minutes; drain.
4.Remove skin from chicken; cut breasts in half.
5.Heat oil in 5-litre (20-cup) flameproof casserole dish; cook chicken and sausages, in batches, until browned. Drain on absorbent paper; slice sausages thickly.
6.Add bacon to dish; cook, stirring, until crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.
7.Return chicken to dish with beans, garlic, spices, vegetables, wine, the water and tomato paste. Cook, covered, in oven 1½ hours.
8.Add sausages; cover. Cook about 30 minutes or until sausages are cooked. Season to taste. Serve sprinkled with bacon and parsley.

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