BBQ Chicken and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients

For the Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

For the Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

For the Filling

  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Other

  • 6 large bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your preferred cheese)

Instructions

1. Cook the Quinoa

  • Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine-mesh sieve.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and set aside.

2. Prepare the Chicken

  • While the quinoa cooks, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken, onion, salt, and pepper. Cook until chicken is cooked through and onions are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in BBQ sauce and cook for an additional minute.
  • Remove the chicken mixture from heat.

3. Mix the Filling

  • In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, chicken mixture, corn, red bell pepper, and cilantro. Stir well.

4. Prepare and Stuff the Peppers

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove seeds and ribs.
  • Evenly fill each pepper with the chicken and quinoa mixture.

5. Bake

  • Place stuffed peppers in a baking dish. Lightly sprinkle the tops with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until peppers are tender, and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

6. Optional

  • Broil: For an extra golden topping, broil the peppers for 1-2 minutes after baking. Keep a close eye on them to avoid burning.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle fresh cilantro on top for a pop of color and freshness.

Other Tips

Customize the filling: Add black beans, diced tomatoes, other veggies, or your favorite spices for a flavor twist!

Make it spicy: Use a spicy BBQ sauce or add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Cheese variations: Try Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or a Mexican blend.

Leftovers: Stuffed peppers reheat well and are a great lunch option!

Enjoy this hearty and satisfying meal!

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