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Michael's Chicken & Vegetable Stuffed Peppers
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A chicken and vegetable dish similar to beef-stuffed peppers, with a twist.

Michael Mackey

Serves/Makes:4 or more

  • 5 assorted color bell peppers (one per person/1 for filling)
  • 4 shredded, cooked chicken breasts (1 per person)
  • 1/2 lb (.2 kg). button, cremini or other fresh available mushrooms of your choice (seasonal availability), thinly sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 yellow summer squash, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, finely diced
  • 4 oz (112 grm). cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 oz (56 grm). Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz (56 grm). Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) balsamic vinegar (good quality)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) onion powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) garlic salt (good quality)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) oregano OR sweet basil (oregano preferred)
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) creamed horseradish root--NOT sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) sage
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) lemon juice
  • In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil, onion powder, garlic salt, sage, creamed horseradish and sugar and whisk together with a wire whisk until emulsified. (Or pour the ingredients into a blender and blend on LOW speed until emulsified.)Set aside.
  • Wash the chicken breasts well and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Pierce the chicken in several places with the tines of a fork; place the chicken into a shallow baking dish and pour the freshly made sauce over the chicken, turning to coat evenly.
  • Place the pan in a preheated 350 degree (175 C.) oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and shred the meat with two forks or your fingers; refrigerate until cool.
  • Place the mushrooms, onion, squash and finely diced pepper and tomatoes in a large bowl and toss together gently.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese, Asiago cheese and Parmesan cheese with the lemon pepper, cracked pepper, oregano and lemon juice; mix well.
  • Gently fold the vegetable mixture into the cream cheese mixture along with the cooled chicken, folding gently but well.
  • Cut the tops off of the remaining peppers, reserving the tops for later use. Clean the ribs and membranes out of the peppers carefully and poke a small hole in the bottom of each of the little "cups" with a skewer or a small knife. This is so the moisture from the filling can drain out of the peppers as they bake.
  • Stuff the pepper(depending on the size) with 3-4 heaping tbsp of the filling mixture (or more as needed) and place into a loaf pan or a baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the tops of the filling with a little more Parmesan, replace the pepper tops, (stems up) and cover with foil.
  • Bake in a 350 degree (175 C.) oven for 30-45 minutes or until the filling is hot, cheeses are melted and the peppers are tender. Serve at once.
NOTE: This can be made a vegetarian dish by simply omitting the chicken.

This recipe was created while trying to figure out a different way to make stuffed peppers with what I had in the refrigerator. I am trying to get my partner to eat healthier, less fatty meals with some vegetarian options as a base.

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