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Italian style stuffed peppers are packed with delicious ingredients for a hearty meal. You’ll want to add this healthy dinner to your weekly rotation. 

Italian style stuffed peppers

One of my favorite things about stuffed peppers is how versatile they are. The peppers make a great vessel to fill with some of your favorite food combinations, all while getting the benefits of eating the peppers themselves.

These Italian style stuffed peppers are one my family’s favorite and each pepper is filled to make a hearty meal.

Stuffed with seasoned ground chicken, rice, tomatoes, and topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, these are sure to become a favorite for your family too. 

Italian style stuffed peppers

What are the benefits to eating bell peppers?

Bell peppers are rich in many vitamins and antioxidants and are very high in vitamin C. Other vitamins and minerals in bell peppers include vitamin K1, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate, and potassium.

Italian style stuffed peppers

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Great for the whole family
  • Great for meal planning
  • Flavorful, hearty meal
Italian style stuffed peppers

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Bell peppers
  • Ground chicken
  • Diced tomatoes 
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Long grain rice
  • Tomato sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
Italian style stuffed peppers

How to make this recipe

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Remove and discard the tops, seeds and membranes of the bell peppers. Then parboil them. 

3 – To parboil the peppers, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add peppers to the boiling water and cook until barely tender, about 5 minutes. Remove peppers from boiling water and arrange in baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward.

4 – Place the ground chicken, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 5-10 minutes. Drain any excess grease.

5 – In a large bowl, add the cooked chicken, cooked rice, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato sauce. Stir until well combined. 

6 – Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each pepper and bake for 15 minutes.

7 – Remove peppers from the oven and top with more tomato sauce and the mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is melted. 

Italian style stuffed peppers

How do I store my stuffed peppers?

Place cooled peppers in a shallow airtight container and store in the refrigerate for 3-5 days. Reheat when ready to eat again. These are great for meal prep.

Can I freeze my stuffed peppers?

Yes! Wrap each pepper in aluminum foil, then place them into airtight freezer bags and freeze. They will last about 3 months in the freezer.

You can reheat stuffed peppers, bake them at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.

Calories per serving (1 pepper): 246

Yield: 6 Servings

Italian Style Stuffed Peppers

Italian style stuffed peppers

Italian style stuffed peppers are packed with delicious ingredients for a hearty meal. You’ll want to add this healthy dinner to your weekly rotation. 

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers, any color
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cooked long grain rice, leftover rice works great
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 16 oz can tomato sauce, divided
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Remove and discard the tops, seeds and membranes of the bell peppers. Then parboil them. 
  3. To parboil the peppers, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add peppers to the boiling water and cook until barely tender, about 5 minutes. Remove peppers from boiling water and arrange in baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward.
  4. Place the ground chicken, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 5-10 minutes. Drain any excess grease.
  5. In a large bowl, add the cooked chicken, cooked rice, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and half the tomato sauce. Stir until well combined. 
  6. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each pepper and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove peppers from the oven and top with the rest of the tomato sauce and the mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is melted. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 799mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 21g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ashley Marie Lecker

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

I love that you used tomato sauce and ground chicken for an Italian twist! These sounds delicious and super easy for the weeknight meals. I know my kiddos will love them!

simplylowcal

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Thanks! They really do make a great family meal. :)

Kay

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

This stuffed pepper recipe looks amazing, i never knew how much goodness bell peppers had in them until I read this blog, brilliant info :) Thanks for sharing I will try this out very soon !!

simplylowcal

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Thanks, Kay. I hope you enjoy them. :)

Pavani

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

That is such a colorful and inviting looking stuffed peppers. The filling sounds delicious. Perfect for a family meal.

simplylowcal

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Thanks, Pavani. :)

Jacque Hastert

Monday 20th of July 2020

This dinner is hearty and healthy! It's perfect for lunch or dinner and will make an apperance on our table again very soon. Thank you!

simplylowcal

Monday 20th of July 2020

Thanks so much, Jacque. :)

veenaazmanov

Monday 20th of July 2020

Yummy filling and so colorful too. This is cheesy and the platter looks festive.

simplylowcal

Monday 20th of July 2020

Thanks, Veena. :)