The hearty, chicken and bean dish from Southwestern France known as cassoulet is considered the ultimate one-pot meal.


  • 1 whole chicken

  • plain flour

  • salt and pepper

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 1 bulb of garlic

  • 6 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 small red chilli, chopped

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • ½ bottle of red wine

  • 4 rosemary sprigs

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 x 400g cans tomatoes, drained

  • 110g/4oz lentils (brown or green)

  • 1 x 250g can cannellini beans

  • 1 x 250g borlotti beans

  • 1.2 litres/2 pints stock

  • 1 tsp Dijon or English mustard

  • 1 lemon, grated zest and juice

  • ½ tsp sugar


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Heat up a casserole with a little oil.

  • 2.

    Cut up the chicken into 8 pieces. Coat them in flour seasoned with salt and pepper and seal in a casserole dish. Remove the chicken from the pan and place to one side.

  • 3.

    Add the onions, carrots, and chilli to the pan. Cook gently for 10 minutes.

  • 4.

    Then add the whole garlic bulb and the balsamic vinegar, followed by the wine, rosemary and bay leaf. Reduce the liquid by half over a moderate heat.

  • 5.

    Pour in the drained tomatoes, reduce the liquid again by half, then add the lentils and beans. Stir and add the stock and mustard. Bring to a simmer.

  • 6.

    Place the chicken back in the casserole. Add the lemon juice and zest, the sugar and a good twist of salt and pepper. Cover the casserole and put it in the oven for about 2 hours.

  • 7.

    Serve several pieces of chicken and several ladles of the cassoulet per person in a bowl with some crusty bread.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (16 servings)

  • Energy 313kj
  • Fat Total 15g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 16g
  • Carbohydrate 19g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Sodium 671mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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