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Chicken Stuffed Peppers

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chicken stuffed peppers

Chicken stuffed peppers are wonderful because bell peppers are easy vegetables to be stuffed unlike cabbage leaves, hence lazy cabbage rolls. Overall, I am a huge fan of stuffing food with food if it doesn’t take too long – stuffed portobellos “Philly Cheesesteak”, quinoa stuffed eggplant and easy Parmesan mushrooms recipe. And then there is crock pot stuffed pepper casserole when I feel like stuffed peppers but want them later.

Bell peppers are on Dirty Dozen list so I’m taking advantage of Fall farmer’s market while I can still get bell peppers grown without pesticides and herbicides. Organic bell peppers are pricey and we usually use them for snacks in winter.

chicken stuffed pepper ingredients in blue bowl

This time I stuffed my bell peppers with brown rice, ground chicken (I had only 10 oz of homemade chicken ground from the drumsticks, so I added a bit of red lentils = great filler!), portobello mushrooms (amazing flavour booster and filler) and organic tomato pasta sauce. I had leftover sauce which saved me a lot of time!

chicken stuffed peppers

My mom loved making chicken stuffed peppers. As a kid I loved the stuffing but didn’t like the soft baked bell peppers. My kids are the same. We usually serve stuffed bell peppers with plain organic yogurt and whole wheat bread for dipping into the sauce.

Do not throw out the tops. Bake them tucked in between the peppers. The lid on my dutch oven didn’t fit tightly so I placed a piece of parchment paper under the lid for better moisture retention and it took 1 hour to cook. You could also cut peppers in halves and place them in layers in a deeper dish.

Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Brown Rice and Chicken Stuffed Peppers - super easy to make healthy peppers with chicken, rice, mushrooms and tomato pasta sauce.
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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 1 cup any brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 8 large bell peppers tops and seeds removed
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 8 oz any mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken turkey or beef works too*
  • 1 1/2 cups organic tomato sauce divided**
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano or basil dried
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • Rinse rice well with cold water and drain. Add to a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until water has evaporated. Set aside.
  • In the meanwhile, preheat non-stick skillet on low-medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms; cook for 5 - 7 minutes or until translucent and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large bowl along with rice, chicken, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper; mix well with your hands.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Fill each bell pepper 3/4 full with meat and rice mixture; place in a heavy bottom pot/pan with a lid or a dutch oven. Place pepper tops in between (do not throw them out!).
  • In a small bowl, mix water and remaining tomato sauce and pour over peppers and some at the bottom of a pan. Cover with a lid and bake for 40-60 minutes, depending how tight your lid fits (mine didn’t so it took 60 minutes for me). Remove from the oven and serve hot with plain yogurt and whole wheat bread, if desired.

Store in a glass airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


    • *If you want to use less meat, add a bit of red lentils.
    • **I used Simply Natural organic tomato sauce with basil. Any flavoured pasta sauce works (preferably organic).


    Serving: 1pepper | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 721mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3726IU | Vitamin C: 154mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. Hi Olena,
      I’m going to try this recipe because it seems to be what I’m looking for. My question is: if
      I cut the peppers lengthwise, will they still take an hour to cook?

    2. Could you make the filling as a freezer to Instant Pot version and then just stuff the peppers with the hot mixture and roast for a shorter time?

        1. I love all your freezer to instantpot recipes, so I was thinking of assembling and freezing the raw filling ingredients as a meal prep version. Then on a weeknight, I can bring the frozen filling out and cook in the Instantpot, stuff the peppers and roast at a higher temperature for a shorter time. Do you think it would work?

    3. 5 stars
      I made this recipe before and last night I made it again. I use lean ground beef instead of ground chicken. I know it’s not necessary but I cook the meat first and let it drain to get rid of the ‘fat’ meat juices. I think your recipe is very tasteful and we all love this dish. My eldest girl is not too fond of bell peppers so I made her tomatoes with the same filling.

    4. This looks great. I was going to add shredded cheddar to this. Do you recommend that and if so should I blend it in or sprinkle on top and broil at the end?

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