Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stuffed Peppers with Chicken and Orzo

I've never made stuffed pepper before EVER!  Our Mom used to make them when we were growing up but I have no idea what she put in them and I don't remember liking them all that much.  I had these gorgeous colored peppers and I didn't want to make the usual sausage and peppers so I decided to try my own version of the typical stuffed peppers using orzo instead of rice and ground chicken instead of the typical ground beef.  I also wanted to kick up the usual tomato sauce and decided on this version of a sweet and sour sauce so this is what I came up with.  They came out delicious.......this new recipe is a keeper! 


4 peppers cut in half
1/2 lb  cooked orzo pasta (very aldente)
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of ground ginger
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1-6 oz can of tomato paste
1/2 can (6-8 oz) jellied cranberry sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese


Heat oil in a skillet and add onion, garlic, ginger saute for a minute.  Add chicken and cook chicken until cooked through and white in color.  Add tomato paste, water soy sauce and cranberry sauce and stir and cook for about 10 minutes.  Add cooked orzo and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Stuff pepper halves and top with parmesan cheese.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35-45 minutes until parmesan cheese is browned and peppers are soft.

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  1. Ellen, These look delicious. I make mine differently. I definitely have to try making them your way!

  2. These sound so good! My husband loves stuffed pepper but I've never been thrilled with the recipes I've found. There's a new pepper in town and we'll be giving the recipe a try very soon!


  3. Jo, this recipe is really, really good! I just realized that I haven't made it in a long time (probably because I haven't been eating carbs) but it's one of my husbands and oldest daughters favorites. If you try it let me know how you liked it.

  4. Yum! This sounds like a great take on the classic stuffed pepper...can't wait to try it!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos


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