French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken

By June 23, 2012

Submitted by Lily J.

French Cassoulet French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken Ingredients: Makes 8 servings

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Two 1/2-inch-thick slices of pancetta (4 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 pound French green lentils
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 large head of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled * Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 lemon-pepper  rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 pound garlic salami, sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 ounces lean slab bacon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley


In the inner pot, use Saute function to heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the pancetta and onion and cook until the fat has been rendered, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, thyme, water, chicken broth, garlic, chicken, salami, and bacon.

Put cover on cooker. Use Manual mode to cook for 15 minutes.  Wait 10 minutes. Ensure that pressure is fully released and remove the lid.

Discard thyme and add salt to taste. Run the Saute function to thicken the sauce. Stir in parsley and serve.

* Peel garlic cloves quickly by immersing them in boiling water for a few seconds.

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4 Responses to “French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken”

  1. Susan says:

    I would love to make this recipe, but use white beans instead of lentils, and perhaps a smoked sausage instead of salami. Has this been tested with another type of legume besides lentils? Do you think it might need more liquid?


    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Susan,

    I think it’s possible to change the beans. However the amount of liquid may be different. Please experiment or google for a recipe on line.


  2. Linda Reynolds says:

    Why does this say to “increase heat to high and bring to full pressure”, and later, “reduce heat to low to maintain pressure”? The Instant Pot has no such adjustments. Then it says to “return uncovered pressure cooker to burner”. This recipe has not been tailored to the Instant Pot at all.

    Has anybody tested this?


    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for noticing the incompatible instruction. My guess is that this recipe is adapted from a conventional pressure cooker recipe. Please ignore those parts of instructions.


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