30-Minute Pressure Cooker Chicken With Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Chorizo Recipe

Chickpeas, smoked paprika, chorizo, and chicken in a 30-minute pressure cooker stew. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Why It Works

  • A pressure cooker intensifies the flavors of smoky chorizo, smoked paprika, roasted tomatoes, and chickpeas as the chicken cooks.
  • Minimal ingredients and only a few steps make for an easy, one-pot, ready-in-under-an-hour meal packed with flavor.

The pressure cooker is an amazing device for making flavor-packed stews in very short order. In this version, canned chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, smoked paprika, and chorizo come together to form a flavorful base for fall-off-the-bone tender chicken legs. It all cooks in under half an hour start to finish.

Recipe Facts



Active: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • 8 ounces Spanish-style chorizo, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted (such as Muir Glen)

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), cut into 8 serving pieces, or a mix of bone-in, skin-on breasts, drumsticks, and/or thighs

  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken stock

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add chorizo and cook, stirring, until just starting to crisp around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add paprika, chickpeas, tomatoes, chicken pieces, and broth. Season gently with salt and pepper.

  2. Seal pressure cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook for 15 minutes. Cool pressure cooker under a cold running tap (if using an electric cooker, use the quick release valve), and open. Return to high heat and cook, stirring gently, until it achieves a thick, stew-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley and serve, drizzling with more extra-virgin olive oil at the table.

Special equipment

Electric or stovetop pressure cooker (get our full review)

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
901 Calories
50g Fat
48g Carbs
70g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 901
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 283mg 94%
Sodium 2160mg 94%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 14g 49%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 70g
Vitamin C 21mg 106%
Calcium 152mg 12%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 1437mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)