Ground Chicken Stuffed Peppers, or any stuffed veggies, are one of my favorite meals. It's so fun to stuff a delicious filling mixture into veggies and bake, or grill them. You get a whole meal in one package, and it's delicious, too. And bell peppers are the perfect stuffing vessel.
Lean ground chicken is a good low fat way to get your protein. It's not only low in fat, but so versatile. You can use it in place of ground beef in most recipes. If you follow here, you've probably noticed that I use lean ground poultry a lot for recipes that require ground meat. I always buy free range, humanely raised organic poultry and eggs. You may have noticed labeling for eggs and poultry like “free run” and sometimes “free range”. Neither one uses cages for their chickens. The difference: free run chickens are still confined to a barn, while free range chickens have access to the outdoors as well.
Unfortunately, organic, humanely produced food is usually more expensive. Those amazing farmers incur extra costs, and they have to pass them on. Personally, I don't mind paying a couple of dollars more for food that's better for our bodies, as well as our conscience. And because we buy very few packaged, processed, and junk foods, we make up the savings there. And it's just a healthier way to eat.
I used a Moroccan style filling for these ground chicken stuffed peppers, and also grated some zucchini to sneak in some more veggies. And, I used bulgur to keep with the Moroccan theme. If you aren't familiar with bulgar wheat, it's a whole grain wheat that has been cracked and partially cooked. You can learn more about bulgar at The Spruce, in this great article: What is Bulgar Wheat? However, If you don't have bulgur, or are gluten free, short grain brown rice also works just as well. The Moroccan flavours of mint, cinnamon, and cumin make the filling super flavourful. And it smells amazing, too. If you love them too, and want to try more Moroccan inspired dishes, try Moroccan Chicken & Lentils.
And if you are a fan of stuffed peppers, like me, check out these Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro and Salsa Verde. Or, for a vegetarian option, check out these Black Bean and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers.
Look for harissa spice in the spice section at the grocery store, or you can substitute cayenne or red chili flakes, instead. Subs are always good. It's how we learn to cook authentically. Recipes are wonderful, but never forget that they are really just guidelines.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 lb lean ground chicken breast
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp harissa spice
- 2 cups cooked bulgur wheat
- 2 cups chicken stock
- juice of one lemon 1 small zucchini, grated
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 4 red bell peppers, cut in half length wise, cored, and seeded
- Cook bulgur according to your package directions. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, and when hot add onion and garlic. Cook until softened.
- Add ground chicken. Cook, breaking up with a spoon, for about until browned, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in cinnamon, cumin,and harrissa spice, stirring until fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in bulgur, grated zucchini, mint, one cup of the chicken stock and the lemon juice.
- Taste and add salt and pepper.
- Preheat oven to 400°
- Cut peppers in half length wise and remove seeds.
- Fill each pepper half with the chicken mixture, mounding over the tops, and place in a shallow oven safe baking dish or skillet.
- Pour the remaining one cup of chicken stock around the stuffed peppers, and cover with foil.
- Bake for one hour, then remove the foil and bake uncovered, a further 15 minutes.
- Garnish with parsley and serve hot.