Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Stew Recipe

Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

The pressure cooker is an amazing device for making flavor-packed stews in very short order. In this version, black beans are stewed together with spicy Hatch chiles, smoky Andouille sausage, and fall-off-the-bone tender chicken legs. It all cooks in under an hour start-to-finish.

Why this recipe works:

  • A pressure cooker will get your chicken fall-off-the-bone tender in just about the same time as it takes to cook the black beans.
  • Minimal ingredients and only a few steps make for an easy, one-pot, ready-in-under-an-hour meal packed with flavor.

Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 8 ounces smoked sausage, such as andouille or kielbasa, sliced into 1/4 inch disks

  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 (4-ounce) cans diced green chiles (preferably Hatch)

  • 8 ounces dried black beans

  • 12 stems cilantro, leaves roughly chopped, stems tied together with a piece of kitchen twine

  • 4 chicken legs, divided into thighs and drumsticks (about 2 pounds)

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

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Sour cream, for serving

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add sausage and cook until starting to crisp around edges, about 2 minutes. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes longer. Add cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chiles, dried black beans, cilantro stems, chicken, and stock. Season gently with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

  2. Seal pressure cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook for 40 minutes. Cool pressure cooker under a cold running tap (if using an electric cooker, use the quick release valve), and open. Using tongs, transfer chicken pieces to a bowl. Discard cilantro stems. Return beans to high heat and continue cooking, stirring, until reduced to a thick, stew-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, shred chicken from bones and discard skin and bones.

  3. Stir chicken into beans, season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in half of chopped cilantro, and serve, passing sour cream, lime wedges, and remaining cilantro at the table.

Special equipment

Electric or stovetop pressure cooker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
467 Calories
22g Fat
31g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 467
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 1512mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 24mg 118%
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1167mg 25%
*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.)