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Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers

Southwestern Chicken & Rice Stuffed Peppers
What do you do when you have leftover rotisserie chicken? Why, make Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers! We love stuffed peppers in our home. From the traditional stuffed peppers with ground beef and rice to my favorite slow cooker chicken enchilada stuffed peppers. Any way you make them–we love stuffed peppers, and thanks to our winter garden I’ve grown a few green bell peppers. Growing up that was the only way we had stuffed peppers, but I learned once I was older that I really enjoyed all other bell peppers other than the green variety.

So when I make stuffed peppers I make them with a mix of colored peppers, that way everyone can enjoy what they like! So let’s talk about these Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers. I combined black beans and chunky diced rotel and corn with my leftover chicken and rice. Mixed it all together with a little cheese and a few other ingredients and sliced my bell peppers in half. I stuffed them and backed them for an hour. I did not pre-boil the bell peppers like I’ve done in the past. By cooking them for so long and simply covering the baking dish with tin foil it creates enough steam and the peppers are cooked perfectly. So if your a lover of stuffed peppers definitely give my recipe a try for Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers.

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Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes

Yield: 5

Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers


  • 2 cups leftover white rice
  • 2 cups leftover shredded cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 1 15oz can of black beans, drained
  • 1 10oz can of chunky diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese (plus more for topping)
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 5 bell peppers, multi-color
  • Sour cream and cilantro for garnish


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together white rice, chicken, black beans, chunky diced tomatoes and green chiles, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, corn, salt, and chili powder. Mix well and set to the side.
  3. Slice bell peppers in half, remove the seeds. Place in a baking dish and begin to stuff with chicken and rice filling. Add the remaining rice mixture around the peppers (it helps them to stay in place). Cover with tin foil and bake for 55 minutes. Remove tin foil and sprinkle the remaining Mexican shredded cheese on top and bake for a remaining 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  4. Serve with sour cream and cilantro if desired.


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15 Responses to “Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers”

  1. David @ Spiced posted on January 9, 2014 at 8:55 am (#)

    Wow…these look delicious! I love Southwestern food…especially in the winter. Can’t wait to give these a shot sometime soon!

    • Katie replied on January 10th, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Thanks David!

  2. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious posted on January 9, 2014 at 11:42 am (#)

    I love stuffed peppers, these would actually be good for dinner tonight as I9 do have some chicken leftovers! Hmmm Thanks Katie 🙂

    • Katie replied on January 10th, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Awesome Gerry! Glad I could help! 🙂

  3. grace posted on January 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm (#)

    hollowed-out peppers make an excellent spicy chicken delivery system! the food of the southwest is my cuisine of choice and i think this looks fabulous. 🙂

    • Katie replied on January 10th, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Grace!

  4. Karen Petersen posted on January 10, 2014 at 12:35 am (#)

    Yum! These are right up my alley.
    Definitely trying these in the crockpot! I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

    • Katie replied on January 10th, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Karen–had I planned accordingly I was originally going to cook them in my crockpot. I know they will come out just as good! 😉

  5. Samantha posted on January 10, 2014 at 11:14 am (#)

    I love stuffed peppers… You can’t go wrong with adding chicken!

    • Katie replied on January 10th, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Ummm me too. I can’t get enough of them of course I could leave the side of heartburn they are currently causing me. lol.

  6. Kevin @ Closet Cooking posted on January 12, 2014 at 5:33 am (#)

    These stuffed peppers sound so nice and easy and tasty!

    • Katie replied on January 12th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Kevin–I love using up leftovers and making stuffed peppers!


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