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28 November 2018

Looking for the perfect stuffed pepper recipe? Try these succulent Anaheim chili peppers stuffed with seasoned shredded chicken and cheese. These are great as an appetizer or a full meal.

Stuffed chili peppers are amazing. There are so many chili pepper varieties in the world, and so many of them are ideal for stuffing. They’re the perfect vessels for all sorts of delicious goodness, it makes my head spin. One of the most popular peppers around is the Anaheim chili pepper.

The Anaheim is a mild pepper with a thick enough flesh to be slightly meaty in texture, especially when roasted. You’ll find them in most grocery stores in the fresh fruit and vegetables section, along with other more popular peppers.

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers - On a plate

I believe they are popular because they are so mild and can be incorporated into any number of dishes.

Stuffed chili peppers are an excellent choice for these peppers. Serve up one or two of these and you have yourself a full meal. For this particular recipe, I went with some Creole seasoned chicken breast, along with onion and garlic, feta cheese and a bit of dried oregano.

Fresh oregano works nicely as well, but dried works just fine. We finished them off with freshly squeezed lemon juice for a flavor pop and additional moisture, but try topping them with a bit of hot sauce as well.

Sriracha is good, or any of your favorites for added heat and moisture.

Let’s talk about how we make these stuffed Anaheim peppers, shall we?

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers - Ready to Eat

Making These Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers – the Recipe Method

First, heat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Next, place the Anaheim peppers on a baking sheet and bake them about 20-25 minutes, flipping once through, or until the skins become charred and puffy. Or, you can char them over open flame on the stove top, like I have done here.

Roasting the Anaheim peppers

It only takes a few minutes to roast them this way, over an open flame.

Flip them occasionally to let the skins char and bubble up. Learn more about how to roast peppers here.

Remove the peppers from heat and cool slightly, then place into a plastic baggie to steam for several minutes. Once cooled enough, peel off the skins and discard. Set the peppers aside until ready to use.

While peppers are roasting, heat a pan to medium heat and add some olive oil.

Roughly chop the chicken breast, then season it with Creole seasonings, salt and pepper. Cook the chicken along with the onion, about 5 minutes, stirring a bit to sear all sides of the chicken.

Add the garlic and cook another minute.

Add about 1/4 cup of water or chicken stock to the pan and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Shred or chop the chicken and place into a mixing bowl along with the feta cheese and oregano.

Chicken and Cheese stuffing in a bowl

Slit each pepper down the center and scoop out the insides.

Spoon the chicken-cheese mixture into the peppers and set them into a baking dish.

Stuffing the Anaheim peppers

Bake the stuffed Anaheim peppers for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and set onto serving plates.

Slice the lemons and squeeze lemon juice over the stuffed peppers.

Top with cilantro and hot sauce, if desired.

Alternatives to Anaheim Peppers

If you’re unable to find Anaheim peppers for this recipe, look for Cubanelle Peppers, which are usually pretty easy to find at your local grocer. They offer a similar flavor.

Bell peppers are also a great alternative in a pinch, though they are usually much larger and you’ll need to adjust your cooking times accordingly.

Also, many varieties of Hatch chili peppers are wonderful for making stuffed peppers.

Patty’s Perspective

What makes this recipe so good is the nicely seasoned chicken and the mild flavor of the Anaheim peppers. Taken all together, this really became a whole meal with great balance.

Also, if you enjoy stuffed pepper, check out our cookbook – Jalapeno Poppers and Other Stuffed Chili Peppers. We created it!

Check Out Some of My Other Popular Stuffed Chili Pepper Recipes

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers - Served up on a plate with hot sauce on the side

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

4.89 from 9 votes
Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers - Served, with hot sauce
Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Looking for the perfect stuffed pepper recipe? Try these succulent Anaheim chili peppers stuffed with chicken and cheese.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Anaheim, stuffed peppers
Servings: 4
Calories: 152 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 4 Anaheim chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasonings
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 lemon
  • Chopped cilantro for serving
  • Hot sauce if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat an oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place Anaheim peppers on a baking sheet and bake about 20-25 minutes, flipping once through, or until the skins become charred and puffy. Or, you can char them over open flame on the stovetop.
  3. Remove from heat and cool slightly, then place into a plastic baggie to steam for several minutes. Once cooled enough, peel off the skins and discard. Set the peppers aside until ready to use.
  4. While peppers are baking, heat an oven proof pan to medium heat and add olive oil.
  5. Season chicken breast with Creole seasonings, salt and pepper. Sear the chicken on each side 3-4 minutes to blacken. Add about 1/4 cup of water or chicken stock to the pan and allow to steam.
  6. Set the pan into the oven at 400 degrees F. and bake 8-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove.
  7. Shred or chop the chicken and place into a mixing bowl.
  8. While the chicken is baking, cook the onion in the same pan, about 5 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute, stirring. Remove from heat and add to mixing bowl with chicken.
  9. To the mixing bowl, add feta cheese and oregano. Mix well.
  10. Slit each pepper down the center and scoop out the insides.
  11. Spoon the chicken-cheese mixture into the peppers and set them into a baking dish.
  12. Bake for 15 minutes.
  13. Remove from heat and set onto serving plates.
  14. Slice the lemons and squeeze lemon juice over the stuffed peppers.
  15. Top with cilantro and hot sauce, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Mild. Anaheim peppers are quite low on the heat scale. You can easily add in some hotter chopped peppers when you cook the chicken with the onion, or use a spicy Creole or Cajun seasoning blend.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 258mg11%
Potassium 365mg10%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was updated on 11/27/18 to include new photos and information. It was originally published on 3/27/15.

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

Here are the same peppers with a bit of hot sauce!

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

 

27 comments

  1. 5 stars
    Great flavor! Would appreciate having a measure (weight or cups) for a “medium” chicken breast as sizes vary greatly in the markets. Also, I used a bone-in skin on breast, then removed the skin and bone before shredding. Even so, the final product was dry. Cooked according to the instructions, boneless, skinless would have been far too dry!

  2. 4 stars
    I made this with my homegrown Anaheim peppers. It was good. The creole seasoning makes it tasty and the feta and lemon add a nice bit of tang. I was able to make about 7 stuffed peppers (mine are about 8″ long and 1-1/2 to 2 inches wide at the shoulder). It took longer than 45 minutes to make (and I’m an experienced cook). I find that most recipes take longer than the ‘total time’ posted. Unless you are a pro or super organized. The 5th and 6th bullets in the instructions could benefit from clarification. The one says to says to add chicken stock to pan and allow to steam, and the next says to set pan in oven. I think it should just say to add stock to the pan and set into the oven. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks for the comments and feedback, Laurie. I do appreciate it.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Maia, I refer you to this page: How Do You Spell Chili Pepper? Is it Chili, Chilli or Chile? https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/frequently-asked-questions/how-do-you-spell-chili-pepper-is-it-chili-chilli-or-chile/.

      The name of peppers can vary from region to region, hence the different spellings. Depending on where you go, it is either “chili pepper”, “chilli pepper”, or “chile pepper”. Chile is the Spanish name, and while adopted in parts America, particularly the southwest region, it was also Anglicized to “chili” and is used by far more Americans, Canadians and Germans. In fact, “chilli” is used in more parts of the world than anywhere else. I accept all terms. Unfortunately, there is no standardization of the name. Perhaps we should just use “capsicums”.

  3. I haven’t tried this yet, but plan to. Like Marilyn, I have wondered why all the Anaheim chili recipes seem to require roasting and skinning. To be honest, I find this a bit tedious to do (I know the tricks, but, still, it’s tedious). Last year I grew Poblanos. This year, I have two kinds of Anaheims. I’ve pretty much been using them the same way that I would a green bell pepper and I notice no additional heat (sometimes if I eat a bit raw from near the stem, it will taste a little heat, but I don’t notice it after cooking). Anyway, today I harvested about 30-40 Anaheims between the two varieties, and I don’t know what to do with them (after making this recipe!). Ideas?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Laurie, you don’t have to roast them, but the roasted peppers have a wonderful flavor to them that is different from non-roasted. Tedious, yes, but worth it. However, if you don’t want to spend the time, you can blanche the peppers before slicing and stuffing them to soften them up a bit, or just slice and stuff them to your preference. They’re good that way, but will require more cooking time to soften up to your preference. With such a large harvest, I would slice and freeze some, would probably pickle some as well. They are great right out of the freezer, pre-chopped, just thaw them a bit for general everyday cooking. You can freeze stuffed peppers and reheat them for later. Check out the Preserving section at the top of the site for some ideas to help. So many ways to use up peppers. Take a look and let me know if you’d like some other suggestions.

      1. Barbara Bolez

        5 stars
        Delicious and easy especially good with heirloom tomato and cuke salad with grapes and olives, balsamic dressing…yum!

  4. Mike, why did you char and peel the peppers first? Are the skins too tough? I grew Anaheims for the first time and have just harvested a bunch. Have never cooked with them before. Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Marilyn, I did so for the charred flavor, but also to soften up the peppers. Often when you stuff peppers without cooking them a bit first, they can be slightly undercooked if you bake them with the stuffing. They’re definitely still good that way, so go for it. As an alternative, you can boil/blanch them for a few minutes first to soften them slightly, then stuff and bake them. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh, this looks AMAZING! I am wondering where this recipe has been all my life! I love this idea stuffing the peppers with a flavorful chicken mix. I saved it to my Yums to make one day.

  6. 5 stars
    I love stuffed peppers, although here in Italy we mostly stuff bell peppers as the chili peppers are too small and too spicy. Love the sound of your filling though! Definitely want to try that!

  7. 5 stars
    I’m a big fan of stuffed peppers, any type of pepper is perfect for me! I especially love Anaheim peppers! Your stuffed peppers look so delicious!

  8. 5 stars
    I agree, stuffed peppers ARE amazing:) I think they are fun to make too. I like how you stuffed yours with meat, I usually do cheese. Going to have to try this, the pictures are fabulous. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. How many servings does it make

    REPLY: Harriet, this will make 4 stuffed halves. They’re each a good size, so could serve 4. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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