Smoky Chicken Stew with Kale & Pinto Beans


Chipotle chile powder is made from smoked jalapeño peppers that are dried and ground, giving this stew a hint of smoky flavor.

Smoky Pinto Bean & Kale Stew with Chicken
Photo: Dera Burreson
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed

  • 1 large bunch kale, stemmed and torn into bite-size pieces (7 cups)

  • cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • Lime wedges, sour cream & hot sauce for serving


  1. Heat oil in an electric pressure cooker set to Sauté mode. Add onion and cook until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, chile powder and salt and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in broth, chicken and beans. Use a wooden spoon to press all the ingredients down into the broth. Close and lock the lid. Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.

  2. Release the pressure manually. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board.

  3. Shred the chicken with two forks. Stir the chicken back into the soup along with kale, cilantro and lime juice. Garnish with more cilantro and serve with lime wedges, sour cream and hot sauce, if desired.


Electric pressure cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

237 Calories
4g Fat
24g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 237
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Vitamin A 2033IU 41%
Sodium 749mg 33%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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