STUFFED BELL PEPPERS WITH CHICKEN, SMOKED MOZZARELLA AND BASIL

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS WITH CHICKEN, SMOKED MOZZARELLA AND BASIL (for four)

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salt

4 medium red, yellow, orange or green bell peppers (about 6 ounces each), ½ inch trimmed off tops, cores and seeds discarded

½ cup white, long-grain basmati rice

1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped fine (about 1 cup)

12 ounces ground chicken

3 medium garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

one 14-1/2 ounce can diced plum tomatoes, drained

4 ounces smoked mozzarella, shredded (1 cup)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs


  1. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and bell peppers.  Cook until peppers are just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon, remove peppers from pot, drain off excess water and place peppers cut sides down on paper towels to drain.  Return water to a boil, add rice and boil until tender, about 13 minutes.  Drain rice and transfer it to a large bowl.  Set aside.
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350*.
  1. Meanwhile, heat oil in 12 inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add chicken and cook, breaking it into small pieces with spoon, until chicken becomes opaque, about 4 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Transfer mixture to bowl with rice and stir in tomatoes, cheese, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Place peppers cut sides up in a 9 inch square baking dish. Using a soup spoon, divide filling evenly among peppers. Spoon 2 tablespoons bread crumbs over each filled pepper.  Bake until filling is heated through, 25 to 30 minutes.  Serve immediately.

 

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from Here in America’s Test Kitchen

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