Sausage, Chicken, and White-Bean Gratin


The celebrated French cassoulet influenced our version, which substitutes chicken breast for the traditional duck or goose. Sweet sausage and white beans add heft to this hearty one-pot meal.


  • 1 ½ cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs

  • ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 teaspoon thinly sliced fresh sage leaves

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 ounces bacon (about 5 slices)

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves (about 1 pound total), cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 ½ pounds sweet Italian sausage (casings removed), cut into ½-inch-thick pieces

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 2 cans (14 ½ ounces each) navy, great Northern, or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 can (14 ½ ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice

  • 1 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together breadcrumbs, cheese, 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon sage, 1 tablespoon parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper; set aside.

  2. Cook bacon in a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven over medium heat until browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

  3. Brown chicken all over in fat in pot, about 6 minutes total. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a plate. Cook sausage in pot, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate.

  4. Add garlic and onion to pot; cook stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine, and deglaze pot by scraping up any brown bits from bottom with a wooden spoon; cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.

  5. Stir in chicken, sausage, beans, tomatoes, and stock; the remaining teaspoon each rosemary and thyme; the remaining 1/2 teaspoon sage and 2 tablespoons parsley; and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top; pat down with a wooden spoon.

  6. Cover pot; transfer to oven. Bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes. Uncover; bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Crumble reserved bacon on top. Let cool slightly before serving.

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