Dinner Tonight: Pesto Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers look so fancy but they are just so simple!  I’ve made several varieties and I just can’t seem to stop mixing and matching the method!  Such a simple and fun dinner!
This recipe makes up 4 stuffed peppers.
Shopping List
2 large bell peppers, any color
1 pound shredded, cooked chicken (click here to see how I get my chicken)
1 box frozen spinach, defrosted and all of the excess water squeezed out
1 cup store-bought Pesto (any variety…I used Basil Pesto)
1 cup breadcrumbs or Panko
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper (S&P)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Slice each bell pepper in half length-wise.  Remove the stem and seeds from peppers.  Place all 4 halves of the two peppers (because 2 peppers split in half would make 4 halves…) in an 8×8 inch baking dish.  Drizzle EVOO over the tops of the peppers and bake about 10 minutes.
While the peppers are baking, combine your cooked chicken, spinach, pesto, breadcrumbs and 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese in a bowl with a good pinch of S&P.
Remove peppers from the oven and stuff with your chicken mixture (keep the peppers in the baking dish).  Sprinkle remaining cheese down over all 4 peppers.  Pop peppers back in the oven and cook another 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve.
This is just so simple!  And it’s full of veggies that your family will love.
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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} August 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I absolutely LOVE a stuffed pepper. SO pretty and SO delicious! This one looks fantastic!

  • Grace Beekman August 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    YUM! Pesto is a favorite of mine, so this I will definitely be trying tonight! šŸ™‚

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • The Woolfords August 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Any easy, delicious side dishes that you would suggest pairing with these? They look great, and EASY! Thanks!

  • Mod Commonplace August 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    This is a STAPLE in our house! BTW, I love LOVE your one pound series. Sounds like my kind of series! Thank you!!

    Ginny
    http://www.moderncommonplacebook.com

  • Mix and Match Mama August 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I would pair your stuffed peppers with a Caesar salad or roasted cherry tomatoes!

  • Holly August 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Do you ever make it w/o the peppers? More just the pesto chicken? Thinking my 4 kids would eat it more likely that way!

  • Mix and Match Mama August 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    You can totally make it without the peppers! It would be yummy either way!

  • Anonymous August 27, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Hi Shay
    I saw this recipe this morning and happened to have all the ingredients on hand. I made it tonight and it was AWESOME. I will definitely be adding this to my recipe binder.
    Cathy

  • jen August 27, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Yes, please! This will be added to rotation!

  • allisonwest August 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    We're having stuffed peppers tonight, the way I had them growing up-beef, tomato, corn, rice, cheese- but these sound great too, I'll have to try them in a few weeks! I've bookmarked this one. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mod Commonplace August 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I thought you might want to see my "Perfect Stuffed Pepper Formula" (no recipe needed!) – its a Mix and Match kind of idea :).

    http://www.moderncommonplacebook.com/easy-stuffed-pepper/

  • Shoshanah August 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

    This looks amazing! I love stuffed peppers, but I've never tried making them. I've always assumed my husband wouldn't be a huge fan. But since he loves pesto and spinach, I think he'd likely really enjoy this!

  • Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples August 29, 2013 at 1:11 am

    This looks amazing. I'm so glad I found your blog through Caroline and now following along via reader and Instagram. I'm currently going through IVF #2 halfway across the country. Yikes! Your success story gives me hope.

  • The Rimke Chronicles December 9, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Loved these tonight! Almost like a chicken meat loaf!! Yum šŸ™‚

  • B @ The Sequin Notebook January 22, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I love stuffed peppers! Thanks for giving me a new way to try them out!

  • The France Family January 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Making these for dinner tonight!!

  • Barb Hain June 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I made these for dinner last night and they were amazing!!! Everyone loved them! Such a great idea for stuffed peppers that I never would have thought of! Thanks for all your variations on traditional recipes!

  • Amanda Hain June 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Sorry, posted last comment under wrong name šŸ™‚ I made these last night and they were amazing!!! Everyone loved them! Such a great twist on stuffed peppers that I never would have thought of! Thanks for thinking of new ways to prepare traditional meals!

  • Whitney September 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Made this tonight and it was so good! Love mix and match mama supper nights!