Chicken cassoulet

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A Winning French Dish with a Twist
The ingredients in a rustic, slow-cooked French cassoulet vary, but chicken isn't all that common. Yet it's surprisingly perfect: The mild flavor doesn't overpower the sausage, white beans and herbs, and it adds body and extra oomph without a ton of additional prep work (or cost).

Get the recipe: Chicken, Sausage and Bean Cassoulet
Classic Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish

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The Classic Comfort Food
Wild rice and Ritz crackers are two mainstays of traditional casseroles, and there's no denying just how satisfying the combination of toothsome rice and coarsely ground, buttery crackers can be. This meal also includes two cups of cooked chicken (any kind works, from store-bought rotisserie to poached breasts) and leeks, which are milder than the usual white onions.

Get the recipe: Classic Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish
Chicken, Sweet Potato and Bacon Casserole

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A Sweet and Smoky Supper
Instead of serving baked sweet potatoes topped with crumbled bacon alongside cooked chicken, try this easy, make-ahead dish, which combines all three components. It also features sage; the herb's fragrant aroma and warm flavor go well with sweet potato.

Get the recipe: Chicken, Sweet Potato and Bacon Casserole
Chicken Divan Crêpes with Gruyère

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The Dinner-Party-Ready Bake
If casseroles are a throwback, then a crêpe-based casserole is the ultimate vintage dinner. It's elegant, too. You roll chicken, broccoli and Gruyère into either homemade or prepared crêpes and bake. A dash of curry powder is an unexpected add-in that lends depth.

Get the recipe: Chicken Divan Crêpes with Gruyère
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

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A Superspeedy (and Cheesy) Weeknight Casserole
Most one-pot meals involve a significant amount of baking time, but not this one. As long as you have cooked, shredded chicken and steamed white rice ready, you're just a few minutes away from a delicious dinner.

Get the recipe: Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon