Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Break out the hot sauce and grab some bell peppers, we’re making Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers for dinner! 

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Of course no less than a day after I put the finishing touches on my 6 Ways to Stuff a Pepper post, another glorious stuffed pepper combo popped into my head. Is this a problem? Guys, I think I have a problem!

Whatever, it’s delicious.

I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with hot sauce lately and, as a result, drizzling freshly made buffalo sauce on pretty much everything in sight. We’ve buffalo sauced our pizzas, salads, dips, tacos, spaghetti squash, and now we’re taking things back to basics with one of my favorite OMGWHAT’SFORDINNER options out there: stuffed peppers.

These beautiful bells are stuffed to the brim with buffalo chicken, bell peppers, onion, and jalapeño, then loaded with pepper jack and cheddar cheese. Serve them up with a veggie-filled side salad and get ready to rock your weeknight dinner routine!

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers

This recipe is proof that busy weeknight eats can be anything but boring!

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Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Break out the hot sauce and grab some bell peppers, we're making Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers for dinner! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6 pepper boats
Calories 161 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - peas and crayons

Ingredients

  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion white or yellow
  • 2 small jalapenos seeds and stems removed (3 TBSP diced)
  • 1 heaping cup chopped cooked chicken*
  • 4 oz grated cheese (I used pepper jack + cheddar)
  • 3 TBSP Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 1 TBSP butter melted
  • salt and pepper to taste

CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE TOPPINGS:

  • chopped green onion
  • 1 small jalapeño sliced thin
  • extra hot sauce to taste
  • red pepper flakes a fiery garnish!
  • ranch or blue cheese dressing
  • crumbled blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook chicken via your preferred method if you're not using up leftover chicken from a previous meal or meal prep-a-thon. See notes for tips and options!
  3. Next slice the top off of one of the peppers (horizontally like a lid) and chop the ring of bell pepper around the stem so you have 1/3-1/2 cup of diced bell pepper. Set aside.
  4. Slice each remaining bell pepper in half.
  5. Hollow out each pepper, removing stem, seeds, etc...
  6. Lay pepper halves on a baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes until al-tente or for 10-15 minutes for softer peppers.
  7. While the peppers cook, sauté your onion, jalapeños and bell pepper until tender.
  8. Add your chicken along with roughly 75% of the cheese, hot sauce, and melted butter.
  9. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. Stuff your peppers to the brim with filling and top with remaining cheese.
  11. Return peppers to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes until hot and melty.
  12. Top with your choice of toppings from the list above and dig in!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is a fabulous use for leftover or rotisserie chicken! If making it fresh (or in advance to use in speedy weeknight dinners) feel free to use your favorite cooking method. Grilled, poached, pressure cooked, slow cooked, baked... anything goes!

I cooked up two frozen chicken thighs and had the perfect amount of chicken for this recipe! They were speedily cooked in pressure cooker with zero thawing needed. Super awesome, right?!

Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Recipe calculated before customizable toppings; adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 410mg 17%
Potassium 314mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 43.5%
Vitamin C 100.6%
Calcium 14.5%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I typically buy bone-in skin-on chicken thighs for the chickpea and freeze them for later. My favorite method of cooking chicken? In my pressure cooker! It’s perfect for recipes where we’re chopping/shredding the chicken to include it in a stuffed veggie dish or casserole. With the InstantPot I can toss them in frozen and have the entire meal completed in under 20 minutes. Love it so!

These Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers were a total hit!

Bell Peppers

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers before baking

serving suggestions:

If you’re here looking for some epic party fare, you’ve come to the right place! Though we were happy to call these cheesy buffalo chicken stuffed peppers dinner, you can also serve them up as game day fare or as an appetizer for your next shindig! Anything goes!

Serve them up with a big side salad or with a mountain of celery and carrot sticks with blue cheese or ranch dressing/dip for dunking. The recipe itself yields 6 pepper halves but is easily doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled to feed a hungry crowd.

You can also stuff the filling into sweet mini peppers for bite-sized, easy-to-dip deliciousness!

See? I told you they were versatile!

Isn’t everything more amazing in a bell pepper?

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers

If you get a chance to try these buffalo chicken stuffed peppers, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
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  • April


    Love this idea – I always do the same old thing with stuffed peppers. Can’t wait to try it

  • Ashley F


    These are amazing! We love finding new ways to make stuffed peppers and these are a real hit.

  • If I come to your house will you make these for me? I love stuffed peppers and I love buffalo… so this would be the perfect meal for me!

    • Yes! But only if you make your buffalo pasta salad… and those apple pie dessert thingies that always drive me crazy from Pinterest! <3 Heart you so!

  • Yum! These sounds so good!!! I love buffalo chicken. 🙂

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