Carrie Minns: Chicken Sausages with Tomatoes & Shallots

      Chicken Sausages with Tomatoes and Shallot
      Course: dinner
      Author: Carrie Minns
      Prep time: 12 mins
      Cook time: 40 mins
      Total time: 52 mins
      Serves: 5

      This recipe is one of my family's favorites when the fresh stuff is slim. Most of the ingredients are canned goods you have in your pantry. I buy my chicken sausages at my meat counter. They always have a selection of "flavors" and I usually choose a few such as chicken and apple and chicken, feta and spinach. I like to serve this with brown rice but white rice, couscous, or quinoa would be equally as good. A side of steamed broccoli rounds out the meal, although, if you can get your hands on some fresh asparagus, I'd go for that instead. For the fresh thyme, I use some pretty scraggly stuff from out in my yard and it doesn't seem to affect the taste so snip away at any thyme you may have creeping around.


      • 2 tbsp olive oil
      • 2 tbsp butter
      • 5 chicken sausages, uncooked, any flavor
      • 3 large shallot sections, peeled and coarsely chopped
      • 3 garlic cloves sliced lengthwise
      • 2 Bay leaves
      • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
      • salt & pepper to taste
      • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
      • 1 15-oz can white beans (cannellini, garbanzo, etc.) drained and rinsed


      • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
      • Heat a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot such as a Le Creuset over medium heat.
      • Melt and heat your butter and olive oil.
      • Add in your sausages and brown about 1-2 minutes on each side.
      • Sprinkle in your shallots and using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently press them down to where they can cook in the oil and butter for about 3 minutes.
      • Add your garlic and do the same as with the shallots for about 1 minute.
      • Add your spices: salt & pepper, Bay leaf and thyme.
      • Pour tomatoes and all of their juices over the top of the whole thing.
      • Take the pot off the burner and put the whole thing in the oven with the lid off.
      • Bake for 30 minutes.
      • Stir in your white beans.
      • Bake for another 10 minutes. Check your sausages for doneness.
      • Spoon over the top of brown rice.
      • Enjoy!!