I am married to a chef, but I can't cook. So I make a lot of food in my slow cooker when it's my night to cook. We love France and French cooking, and this recipe is a wonderfully simple, elegant cassoulet that even I can make and he loves. Wonderful for cold nights and dinner parties. Double the recipe for leftovers - it melds overnight very well.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp and brown, turning often, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels; crumble when cool. Set bacon aside.

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  • Cook and stir onion in the same skillet until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken, sausage, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and black pepper; cook until chicken pieces are browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in tomato paste.

  • Transfer chicken mixture to a slow cooker and stir in crumbled turkey bacon, great Northern beans, and diced tomatoes. Cover the cooker, set on Low, and cook until cassoulet is thickened and the chicken is very tender, 4 to 5 hours. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

522 calories; 18.9 g total fat; 68 mg cholesterol; 641 mg sodium. 52.9 g carbohydrates; 35.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (48)

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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2013
I loved this...did make changes some from preference and some from necessity...and some from laziness. Made on stove top; did not use bacon; added three carrots and three ribs of celery; used two cans diced tomatoes with liquid; added ground sage and fennel seed. I really can't imagine the canned great northern beans cooking for that long in the newer crockpots which run so hot. I cooked the onions celery and carrots then added the chicken. After chicken was cooked added tomatoes beans and seasonings and simmered for about thirty minutes. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2015
The liquid was adequate. The beans were cooked fine. The overall flavor was uninteresting. The sausage and bacon tasted like they had lost their flavor. This recipe didn't call for any salt and I didn't add any. I think it could have used some salt. Read More
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66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2013
I loved this...did make changes some from preference and some from necessity...and some from laziness. Made on stove top; did not use bacon; added three carrots and three ribs of celery; used two cans diced tomatoes with liquid; added ground sage and fennel seed. I really can't imagine the canned great northern beans cooking for that long in the newer crockpots which run so hot. I cooked the onions celery and carrots then added the chicken. After chicken was cooked added tomatoes beans and seasonings and simmered for about thirty minutes. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2013
I loved this...did make changes some from preference and some from necessity...and some from laziness. Made on stove top; did not use bacon; added three carrots and three ribs of celery; used two cans diced tomatoes with liquid; added ground sage and fennel seed. I really can't imagine the canned great northern beans cooking for that long in the newer crockpots which run so hot. I cooked the onions celery and carrots then added the chicken. After chicken was cooked added tomatoes beans and seasonings and simmered for about thirty minutes. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2012
My family (including three boys ages six and under) loved it! I used turkey kielbasa and turkey bacon to keep this lean and still the taste was delicious. My only change was to add 1 c. water to keep everything moist. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2012
My husband is French we live in France and I just acquired a crockpot so I was eager to try this recipe. The whole family loved it! I was going to say that it needed more beans but I just realized that I'd read the recipe wrong and thought it called for one can not three. I happened to have chicken quarters on hand so I used them then removed the skin when it fell off. Made it a bit fattier perhaps. My husband's suggestion was to add the sausage more at the end - he thought it got overcooked in the crockpot. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2012
I used chicken breasts and turkey smoked sausage. Couldnt find canned northern beans so I used white navy beans. This was really tasty.. will make it again as weather gets colder Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2012
My husband tries to eat very healthy and has been wanting to eat more beans for protein so i've been trying to find more "bean friendly" recipes. I made this recipe using turkey bacon turkey kielbasa and chicken thighs. My husband LOVED it! He couldn't stop talking about how good it was. I reserved the liquid from both the beans (only used 2 cans) and the tomatoes and i ended up adding some of the tomato liquid back in. I browned the turkey kielbasa after i cooked the turkey bacon and before i sauteed the onions. I also left out the tomato paste (didn't have any in the pantry) and it still came out great. Next time i think i'll leave out the chicken and just use the turkey bacon and turkey kielbasa. I cooked it on high as someone else suggested for about and hour and then turned down to low for another hour and a half. The beans were soft but not mushy and everything was cooked through. I'm sure the leftovers will be great if they don't get eaten in the middle of the night. Overall great dish and i will be making again and again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2014
Thank you for sharing this recipe. This was the first cassoulete I've ever attempted. I loved that it was easy and the house smelled amazing when it was in the slow cooker. I followed the recipe exactly. It was very good but I agree with previous reviews that it was a little on the bland side. I would try it again using a can of seasoned diced tomatoes - fire roasted or with spices. I think that would help the flavor. I used Bush's Great Northern Beans Del Monte diced tomatoes and turkey/beef/pork smoked sausage. Mine was done at 4 hours on low. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2014
I cooked it in a dutch oven at 325 for an hour instead of using a slow cooker and it came out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2014
This is a very good dish and very authentic tasting and the big plus for me it has an interesting background historically speaking. My slow cooker has a clay pot (which cooks faster) and I don't know if that helped with the flavors but I'm sure it didn't hurt. Like many recipes the flavor only gets better as a leftover dish. I serve it with a cheesy sourdough bread. I highly recommend this Cassoulet slow cooker recipe. Thank you Smart Cookie for submitting it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2015
Everyone in my family loved this. I used turkey bacon and kielbasa. The only other ingredient change I made was to add carrots. Using a slow cooker for me is about the ease of preparing the meal so I didn't pre-cook anything but the bacon. I layered the whole chicken breasts bacon sausage and onions in the dish then mixed the remaining ingredients except the bay leaves in a bowl before spreading over the top. Placed the bay leaves on top and cooked on low for 7 hours. Towards the end I shredded the chicken and mixed. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2015
The liquid was adequate. The beans were cooked fine. The overall flavor was uninteresting. The sausage and bacon tasted like they had lost their flavor. This recipe didn't call for any salt and I didn't add any. I think it could have used some salt. Read More
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