Chicken Parmesan & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Parmesan & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Parm gets a fun low-carb and gluten-free twist with these cheesy stuffed peppers with chicken and quinoa. Serve with a salad for a healthy dinner that’s easy to prep too.

Prep Time: 15 mins

Additional Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 hr

Servings: 4

Yield: 4 stuffed peppers

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1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 ¼ cups water

3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

1 ½ cups lower-sodium marinara sauce

⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¾ cup sliced fresh basil, divided

4 large red bell peppers (about 8 ounces each)

2 ounces low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add quinoa; cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 seconds. Add water; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in chicken, marinara, Parmesan and 1/2 cup basil.

Trim top 1/2 inch from peppers; remove seeds and membranes. Arrange the peppers, cut-sides up, in an 8-inch-square glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap; microwave on High for 3 minutes. Remove plastic wrap. Spoon the quinoa mixture evenly into the pepper halves (about 1 1/4 cups each).

Bake the stuffed peppers until they are softened, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella. Continue baking until the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.


To make ahead: The peppers can be prepared through Step 2 up to 1 day in advance. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature while preheating the oven. Continue with Step 3.

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size 1 stuffed bell pepper

calories 559 total fat 18g saturated fat 5g cholesterol 104mg sodium 522mg total carbohydrate 49g dietary fiber 8g total sugars 13g protein 48g vitamin c 218mg calcium 245mg iron 5mg potassium 969mg

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