Oh, I had fun making these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers. And, they were so delish, they’ve become one of our favorite meal prep meals – lunch AND dinner! They’re incredibly easy to make (as are all my recipes) and taste like a spicy dream. Loaded with chicken, cheese, scallions and topped with blue cheese – you will absolutely love this easy dish (I hope)!
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A one-dish, low carb and grain-free meal
Bell peppers are super rich in Vitamin C and have landed themselves on the top 15 list of foods for Vitamin A. And, they make one of the best veggies for meal prep meals because if you’re prepping in large batches and freezing, they actually retain their nutrients (which doesn’t often happen once a veggie is frozen).
These stuffed peppers are one of the best meal prep meals to make because they carry your protein and veggies all in one, gorgeous little pumpkin-like container (that you can eat!). They are low carb, grain-free, sugar-free and totally keto-friendly for those of you that need it. And, you can make stuffed peppers a million and one ways to keep things fresh and exciting each week. We also love these Pizza Stuffed Peppers and Cauliflower Rice Stuffed peppers – stay tuned for Taco Stuffed peppers coming to the blog this month!
How to stuff peppers
I have a few stuffed pepper recipes on the blog (cauliflower rice stuffed peppers and pizza stuffed peppers are the latest!) and will stuff them one of two ways, either cutting them lengthwise to create “boats” and filling the boas, rather than “stuffing”. Or, the way I made these ones, slicing off the top and stuffing the inside with all the goodies.
Either way works great, so it’s a matter of preference! I find that stuffing them the way I have these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers is the cleanest, especially when considering the dish as one of your weekly meal prep meals. The boats tend to overflow and often loose part of the stuffing when you transfer them from your baking dish to your lunch container. So, my new fave way is to stuff em’, pumpkin style. And, I mean, don’t they look cute for Fall?
Roasting peppers are pretty foolproof. But there are a few little hacks I swear by (especially for these ones) that might be useful for you as you make this meal!
Clean out the center
I personally like to make sure my peppers are completely “cleaned out”, free from seeds and those little white membranes you see inside the pepper. For this recipe, I simply sliced off the top of the pepper (with the stem) and slid a knife around the insides to loosen it and then pulled it out with my hands. Once the main membrane was cleaned out, I used my knife again to slice out any thick white pieces (I don’t know if you’re supposed to that, but this is my preference)!
Make them stand up straight
Peppers can be really wobbly when stuffing them, pumpkin style – they are never the same size and are kind of lumpy on the bottom. A simple trick that I use to make them stand up straight for baking is to slice a very (very) thin layer off the bottom of the pepper. In doing this, you create a symmetrical, flat surface without completely opening up the bottom of the pepper and losing those glorious buffalo chicken and cheese ingredients you’ve stuffed inside!
Choosing fresh or canned chicken
These stuffed peppers are one of my favorite meal prep meals because you can plan to make them on the same day you’re roasting chicken, or, if you don’t have time to roast chicken first (and don’t want to deal with waiting for it to cool, cutting it up, etc) you can totally use chicken from a can. Now, before you panic about chicken from a can, know there are tons of wonderful brands out there that fill their cans with organic, chicken and sea salt (that’s it, no additives. Nothing gross.). Thrive Market has the Wild Planet Brand and you can also get it here on Amazon!
This time around, I chose canned chicken (in fact, I always have some in my pantry to make buffalo chicken stuffed peppers on a whim!). I wasn’t making any roasted chicken and didn’t have time to roast chicken and then roast the peppers (I was making these pumpkin spice latte cupcakes instead!). So, canned chicken is how I went and it drastically decreased my prep time (to maybe 15 minutes or less?).
Other stuffed pepper meals for meal prep
Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers: This is a great vegetarian alternative to buffalo chicken or a grain stuffed pepper. Instead of stuffing it with rice or another grain, I prepared some simple cauliflower rice (you know I love to use frozen veggies for easy-peasy-ness), adding some spices and cheese. I like to pair it with a little spinach salad and a bunch of almonds, to up my protein.
Pizza Stuffed Peppers: These ones will totally fill the pizza void if you’re avoiding grains and high carb dough-y foods. I add ground turkey to this recipe to provide a little protein and beef up the filling. They are filled with super melty cheese and topped with pepperoni…because….pizza!
Other meal prep meals I love
I meal prep and plan every Sunday and on Monday, share my favorite meal prep meals and complete 5-day meal plans on the blog in my Meal Prep, Links + Loves posts. These posts are meant to help you plan for the week, so I always include direct links to the recipes and baking tips to shorten your time in the kitchen. All of my recipes are low carb, sugar-free and grain-free! A few faves are:
- This Baked Caprese Chicken
- This Broccoli and Feta Breakfast Casserole
- These Coffee Cake Muffins
- TheseChocolate Cream Cheese Muffins (one of my most viewed recipes!)
I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. There are so many ways you can modify this recipe to make it your own. We like to top ours with a little crumbly blue cheese, but you could mix a little blue cheese dressing right into the stuffing to ensure that flavor bakes and melts into the dish. You could also add onion or amp up the heat with a little extra Red Hot. Either way, I hope you enjoy them!
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