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Stuffed Peppers with Shredded Chicken and Brown Rice

These stuffed bell peppers made with shredded chicken and brown rice are easy, healthy and downright delicious.

This easy stuffed peppers recipe is a weeknight staple at our house. I whip up a batch of shredded chicken every couple of weeks, and I have everything I need for this recipe, these barbecue chicken sliders, and my all-time favorite, chicken noodle soup casserole. Yum!

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INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

Stuffed Peppers Recipe Step 1 - pot of boiling water for parboiling peppers

Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut the tops off peppers and remove seeds and membranes. Parboil for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and dry on paper towels.

Stuffed Peppers Recipe Step 2, combine rice, meat and veggies in large bowl.

Step 2: Cook rice according to package directions. Cook meat if necessary. Chop herbs and vegetables. Combine rice, veggies, herbs and meat filling in a large bowl.

Stuffed Peppers Recipe Step 3 - fill peppers and place in 9x13 baking dish

Step 3: Spoon meat, veggie and rice mixture into each bell paper. Place in a 9×13 pyrex dish.

Baked Sweet Pepper Bowls with Shredded Chicken and Brown Rice

Step 4: Bake for 30-45 minutes or until heated through.

Hint: If your filling seems to dry, stir in some chicken broth or tomato sauce.

VARIATIONS

From cheese to meat and grains, there are so many ways to customize this recipe. That’s why it’s one of our favorites!

SWITCH UP THE PROTEIN

While I prefer to use shredded chicken, you can change the entire flavor profile by switching up the meat. Here are a few of our other favorites:

  • Lean ground beef
  • Ground turkey
  • Italian sausage

If you’re changing up the meat, be sure to cook it first. I recommend sauteeing it in a skillet with olive oil. Drain well prior to using.

SWITCH UP THE CHEESE

Traditional dairy doesn’t agree with me, so I reach for goat cheese when possible. But you can do a 1:1 substitute for shredded mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese.

TRY A DIFFERENT STARCH

Sick of brown rice? Try white rice, long grain rice, quinoa, couscous or cauliflower rice.

STORAGE

LEFTOVERS

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

TO FREEZE

You can freeze before or after baking. To freeze before baking, freeze in a covered 9×13 baking dish. Thaw in the fridge overnight and bake for 35 minutes until heated through.

To freeze after baking, freeze individually or together in a baking dish. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in a 350°F oven until thoroughly heated.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of peppers are best for stuffing?

Any bell peppers work well for stuffing, but the red, yellow, and orange varieties are often preferred for their sweeter flavor and vibrant colors.

Can I use a different type of meat or a meat substitute?

Yes, the recipe is versatile. You can use ground beef, turkey, chicken, or even a meat substitute like crumbled tofu or plant-based protein.

How do I prepare the peppers before stuffing?

Cut the tops off the peppers, remove the seeds and membranes, and blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes to soften slightly. This pre-cooking step ensures the peppers are tender when baked.

Can I make stuffed peppers ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the stuffed peppers a day in advance and refrigerate them. Bake them when ready to serve for a convenient and time-saving option.

What can I use instead of rice?

Quinoa, couscous, or even cauliflower rice can be used as alternatives to traditional rice for a different flavor or lower-carb option.

How do I prevent the stuffing from getting too dry?

Ensure the stuffing mixture is well-moistened before baking. Adding ingredients like diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, or broth to the filling can help keep it moist.

What side dishes pair well with stuffed peppers?

Stuffed peppers go well with a variety of sides, such as a simple salad, garlic bread, or a side of roasted vegetables.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?

Absolutely! Substitute the meat with plant-based protein like lentils, black beans, or crumbled tofu. Also, ensure any cheese used is plant-based for a vegan version.

How do I know when the stuffed peppers are done cooking?

The peppers are done when they are tender, and the filling is cooked through. The internal temperature of the filling should reach a safe temperature for the type of meat used.

What kind of cheese is best for topping stuffed peppers?

Shredded mozzarella, cheddar, or a Mexican blend work well for topping stuffed peppers. You can also experiment with other cheeses based on your preferences.

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Stuffed Peppers with Shredded Chicken and Brown Rice

These stuffed peppers made with shredded chicken and brown rice are easy, healthy and downright delicious. You can customize the ingredients at every turn, making this a versatile and fun weeknight recipe.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 45 red, orange, or yellow peppers, seeded and cored
  • 23 cups shredded chicken (2-3 chicken breasts – click here to see the easiest way to make shredded chicken.)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms (chopped)
  • 23 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves (remove stems) and finely chop
  • 1 medium yellow or red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare peppers by cutting off the tops and removing seeds and membranes.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Parboil peppers for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon or fork and drain on paper towels.
  4. Prepare brown rice per cooking instructions.
  5. Place all peppers in your favorite 9×13 pan or a large baking pan.
  6. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients (except goat cheese) together.
  7. Spoon into the peppers, filling right to the top.
  8. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.
  9. Bake for 30 -45 minutes or until heated through.

Hint: If your filling seems to dry, stir in some chicken broth or tomato sauce.

Notes

SWITCH UP THE PROTEIN

While I prefer to use shredded chicken, you can change the entire flavor profile by switching up the meat. Here are a few of our other favorites:

  • Lean ground beef
  • Ground turkey
  • Italian sausage
  • If you’re changing up the meat, be sure to cook it first. I recommend sauteeing it in a skillet with olive oil. Drain well prior to using.

    SWITCH UP THE CHEESE

    Traditional dairy doesn’t agree with me, so I reach for goat cheese when possible. But you can do a 1:1 substitute for shredded mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese.

    TRY A DIFFERENT STARCH

    Sick of brown rice? Try white rice, long grain rice, quinoa, couscous or cauliflower rice.

    • Author: Anna Luther
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 45 minutes
    • Category: Healthy, Lunch, Dinner
    • Cuisine: American

    Keywords: stuffed peppers, healthy, clean eating, shredded chicken, fast, easy, dinner

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