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Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

posted in Food & Drink
02/04/2015
  • Here is a healthy entree that takes a little bit of extra but it’s is well worth it in the end.
    Here is a healthy entree that takes a little bit of extra but it’s is well worth it in the end.
  • 3/4 cup dry brown rice (2 cups cooked)
    5 medium red, yellow, orange or green bell peppers
    1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 Tbsp canola oil, divided
    1 lb chicken, diced into 3/4-inch pieces
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1/4 tsp paprika
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 (10 oz) can tomatoes with green chiles
    1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 cup frozen corn
    3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
    1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
    2/3 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
    Sour cream
    Mexican style hot sauce (such as Tapatio or Cholula, optional

  • Prepare brown rice according to directions listed on package. Halfway through brown rice cooking, preheat oven to 375 degrees and begin making filling and boiling peppers.
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut peppers in half through length (top to bottom), seed and devein peppers, then boil 4 - 5 minutes (fully immersing them in the water), just until tender. Drain well and align in baking pans, set aside.

  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large and deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until golden about 5 minutes, then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer, transfer onion mixture to a plate. Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil skillet, and add chicken, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, the paprika and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, add tomatoes, onion mixture, black beans, corn, cooked brown rice, remaining 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin cumin, cilantro,

  • lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook just until heated through.
    Add a heaping 1/2 cup of the mixture to each pepper half (and slightly press as filling to fit). Pour enough water into bottom of baking dishes to reach 1/8-inch in height (careful not to pour it in peppers).

  • Cover baking dishes with foil and bake 30 - 35 minutes, until peppers are soft. Remove from oven, sprinkle tops evenly with cheese then return to oven to bake until cheese has melted, about 3 minutes longer.
    Serve warm topped with more cilantro, sour cream and hot sauce if desired.

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