Baked Chicken Ziti Stuffed Peppers

Baked Chicken Ziti Stuffed Peppers

Colorful bell peppers stuffed with a skillet chicken ziti for a delicious twist that brings two classics together in a new way. The stuffing is made of diced tomato sauce, ricotta and mozzarella with vegetable rotini pasta and bites of tender chicken.

The filling comes together in a skillet and then gets stuffed into the peppers and baked. For ease you can use leftover or rotisserie chicken but if you don’t have either on hand it’s simple to bake up the chicken while you’re making the sauce and pasta.

If you’re looking for a way to shake up your baked ziti routine then this is a great way to do it. The natural sweetness of the peppers and the acidic tomatoes balance each other out and are perfect with the chicken and chewy pasta. Stuffing peppers is becoming routine in my house.

I love reinventing them.

Chicken Ziti Stuffed Peppers

Baked Chicken Ziti Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Baked Chicken Ziti Stuffed Peppers

Colorful bell peppers stuffed with a skillet chicken ziti for a delicious twist that brings two classics together in a new way. The stuffing is made of diced tomatoes, ricotta and mozzarella with vegetable rotini pasta and bites of tender chicken.

INGREDIENTS:

1 + 1/4 pounds chicken breast (about 2 + 1/2 cups cooked & chopped)
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14 ounce) cans petite-diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips
6 ounces vegetable rotini pasta (or any medium-sized pasta)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 + 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup half & half
6 bell peppers, sliced in half lengthwise or with the tops cut off, seeds removed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Season the chicken well with salt and pepper and bake until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile in a large saucepan heat the oil over medium-low heat and saute the onion and garlic until softened. Add the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, about a teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a simmer and stir often.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions.
  4. On a cutting board slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Turn off the sauce and remove about 3/4 cup of it - set it aside. Mix the ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and half & half into the sauce. Stir in the chicken and cooked pasta.
  6. Lightly grease the bottom of a deep-sided roasting pan and spread the cup of sauce in the bottom. Spoon the filling into the peppers and set them in the roasting pan, if they're touching that's ok.
  7. Cover with foil and bake 25 - 30 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the tops with mozzarella. Bake 10 - 15 more minutes.

Notes:

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/baked-chicken-ziti-stuffed-peppers/

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Cream Cheese Chicken Enchilada Peppers

Tex-mex meets a classic and becomes fast friends in these baked bell peppers stuffed with my favorite enchiladas. Filled with chicken, rice, corn, spinach and cheddar cheese in a spicy cream cheese and green chile sauce. Stuffed peppers will never be the same.

These are nothing like the stuffed peppers I was raised on! Those are now obsolete. They just can’t hold a candle to the cheesy comforts found right here. In case all that cheese is too much for you to handle there’s corn and spinach too! Plus there’s the pepper itself. Vegetables. You know, to help balance out the richness.

Chicken Enchilada Peppers

The real secret is in the sauce. Without it all you have is a flavorless pile of chicken, rice, corn and spinach. The sauce is made of chicken broth, Ro-tel green chiles and tomatoes, cream cheese and sour cream. The green chiles are pretty mild. If you wanted something spicier you can add red pepper flakes or a chipotle pepper.

One of the nice things about this recipe is you can use leftover chicken or rotiserie chicken and if you happen to have leftover Chinese rice kicking around in your refrigerator like I often do you can use that too. White or brown. Otherwise you can start the rice first and prepare the other ingredients as it cooks.

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Tex-mex meets a classic and becomes fast friends in these baked bell peppers stuffed with my favorite enchiladas. Filled with chicken, rice, corn, spinach and cheddar cheese in a spicy cream cheese and green chile sauce.

INGREDIENTS:

olive oil, for sauteing
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized pieces (or 2 + 1/2 - 3 cups cooked)
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 cup corn
1 cup cooked brown or white rice
1 packed cup finely chopped fresh spinach
2 heaping cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 - 5 bell peppers
Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (11 ounce) can Ro-tel diced green chiles and tomatoes
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream, plus more for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add a tablespoon olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper then cook, turning to brown on all sides.
  2. Once the chicken is cooked through remove to a large bowl and mix with the rice, corn, spinach and 1 + 1/2 cups of the cheese.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat, stir in the flour and cook 2 - 3 minutes, stirring often. Whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer 3 more minutes, stirring often.
  4. Turn heat down to low and mix in the Ro-tel. Add the cream cheese and sour cream to a medium bowl with a ladle of the hot broth. Work it together with a spoon then add another ladle of broth. Stir it together then add it to the sauce. (This is to prevent curdling.) Whisk until it is completely combined. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a large roasting pan.
  6. Wash the peppers and cut off the tops. Remove the seeds and the white centers. Place in the roasting pan.
  7. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Mix about 1 cup of the sauce into the chicken mixture to start, adding more if needed, you want it to be well coated but not swimming in it.
  8. Spoon the stuffing into the peppers. Top with the remaining cheese. Spoon or slowly pour the remaining sauce into the bottom of the pan.
  9. Bake 35 - 40 minutes until peppers are tender. If the tops start to brown too much cover with aluminum foil.
  10. Let sit 5 minutes before serving. To serve spoon sauce onto a plate or dish then top with a pepper and a dollop of sour cream, if desired.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/cream-cheese-chicken-enchilada-stuffed-peppers/

Chicken Cream Cheese Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Stuffed bell peppers reincarnated in a soup! With ground beef, rice, peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese in a spicy broth.

Is it wrong that I like this soup better than an actual stuffed pepper – the traditional version my Mom tried to feed me growing up?

She made them all the time. They were regulars in our dinner rotation and I loathed them with all my pepper-hating heart. Occasionally I would pick the stuffing out of them, which I loved, but mostly. . . I pretended like they didn’t even exist. If I ignored them maybe they would go away. Back into the ground where they came from. Forever.

Skip forward to today and I find myself cooking with bell peppers all the time! I’m making up for lost time and paying them back with lots of attention. They add unbeatable flavor to my soups and sauces. For the soup I used two of the biggest, fattest peppers I could get my hands on. One red and one green. Christmas colors.

For the broth I use a mix of beef and chicken – use what you have on hand or like best. I serve it with brown rice that I cook separately and rather than mixing it all into the soup at once I spoon a small pile into a bowl and ladle the soup over it. This way it doesn’t have a chance to soak up all the broth and turn my soup into a stew.

This totally turned me into a die-hard fan of the stuffed pepper.

Success.

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Stuffed bell peppers reincarnated in a soup! With ground beef, rice, peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese in a spicy broth.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 big bell peppers, diced (I used one green and one red)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 + 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes
3 cans (14.5 ounces) low-sodium beef or chicken broth or a mix (I used 2 beef + 1 chicken)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
1 + 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish
about 1 + 1/2 cups cooked brown or white rice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat the oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet and add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and Italian seasoning. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often until tender about 10 minutes. Remove to crock-pot.
  2. In the same pan brown the ground beef over medium heat, breaking it apart as it cooks. Drain off the grease and add the meat to the crock-pot.
  3. Mix in the tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, about 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6 - 8.
  4. During the last hour skim off any grease that rises to the top. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Taste and re-season as needed. Mix in the cheese.
  5. To serve spoon some rice into a bowl, ladle the soup over it and mix together, garnish with a little cheese. Alternately you can mix the cooked rice right into the soup - it may soak up some of the broth so I like to keep it separate.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/slow-cooker-stuffed-bell-pepper-soup/

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