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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