Chicken and Couscous Stuffed Peppers #SundaySupper

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
Chicken Couscous Gallo Merlot
They say, “Every picture tells a story.” I’ll take it one step farther and say as a food blogger, the best recipes have a story behind them.

Connecting with people through food has always been a passion of mine. As a Master Gardener I taught kids where their food comes from through hand-on activities. Adults at a local adult daycare center, where I started a patio garden, shared their love of food through stories of beautiful gardens they had and delicious recipes they made for their families. We strived to let them recreate some of those memories.
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It has only been the past two years that I’ve blogged about food and cooking. Sharing myself through this outlet has led me to meet so many wonderful friends. I feel like we are all part of a family.

It was so nice of Gallo Family Vineyards to extend a warm, “Welcome to the family!” to me in their letter. It meant a lot coming from a wonderful family-oriented company like Gallo.

The letter included an invitation to this March 23rd Sunday Supper and Gallo Family Vineyards event.

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For my recipe contribution, I chose to make stuffed peppers. In my family stuffed peppers always meant comfort food. You got your own personal little filled pepper boat for dinner. I’d pile mine with Parmesan cheese.

I thought I’d switch it up with ground chicken. Lately I’ve been substituting chicken in my favorite meat recipes. That’s fine with my guy. He would eat chicken every day if I made it. I’m not bragging. He just likes chicken!

We also eat a lot of rice. Normally I keep a variety of rice on hand: brown, Arborio, long grain blends and although not technically rice, wild rice.

My guy caught me rooting through the stash trying to decide which one would be best. “Not rice again.”

“Of course not,” I said and grabbed the couscous I was saving for stuffed mushrooms.

It turns out that couscous was the right choice. Those stuffed peppers were light and not overly filling. I also saved time since couscous cooks faster than rice. Oh and those mushrooms didn’t go to waste either.

Chicken and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
• 2 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
• 1 lb ground chicken
• 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
• 1/2 cup uncooked couscous
• 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
• 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 sliced baby portabella mushrooms
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 tablespoons butter
Sauce
• 1 cup tomato puree
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/2 cup Gallo Merlot
• 1/2 cup light cream or half and half
• 1 teaspoon thyme, minced
• 1 teaspoon, sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• pepper to taste
Instructions
1. Blanch peppers for 2 minutes in boiling water. Transfer to a baking dish.
2. Sauté chicken, onions, thyme, salt and pepper in olive oil until chicken is no longer pink, about 10 minutes to reach 170 degrees. Set aside.
3. Bring broth to a boil. Add couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
4. While chicken is cooking, sauté mushrooms in butter until golden brown. Set aside.
5. To make sauce, combine puree, garlic, thyme, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add Merlot and cook an additional 5 minutes. Stir in cream and cook until thoroughly heated.
6. Combine chicken and couscous then stuff the peppers. Top with sauce and mushrooms.
7. Bake uncovered until thoroughly heated, about 15 minutes.
8. Serve with a salad or side of greens. Pairs perfectly with a glass of Merlot.

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For the sauce I decided to make a rose with Gallo Merlot.

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Gallo describes their Merlot as blended flavors of black cherry, ripe plum and hints of oak that create a velvety richness.

Since Merlot matches very well with a wide range of foods including pork roast, pasta with rich tomato sauce, poultry, as well as grilled meats and vegetables, it seemed like a natural for this chicken, pasta, tomato sauce and peppers dish. Learn more about their Merlot here.

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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50 Responses to Chicken and Couscous Stuffed Peppers #SundaySupper

  1. Renee says:

    I very much enjoy couscous and can see how it would work so wonderfully with these stuffed peppers. I need to try using it in other dishes more often. I seem to always forget about it and use rice.
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  2. Liz says:

    I love, love the idea of stuffing peppers with couscous! Yummy! And I admire you for the volunteer work you’ve done :)
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  9. I didn’t know you were a Master Gardener!!! I love that, Cindy! and your chicken and couscous stuffed peppers look great! so lovely that you shared a family “comfort food” favorite!
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  10. Boy am I glad you started blogging two years ago… it has been great connecting with you through food.
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  13. Katie says:

    Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite dishes for certain!!! I love that they are little individual portions, and the presentation is really pretty!
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  14. I love your story! Connecting people to their food is a passion of mine. These stuffed peppers sound fabulous. I have never thought to stuff them with couscous. Love it!

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  16. I have long admired your work as a master gardener. I have gardened my whole life, but am not a trained expert. Oh, how I wish you were my next door neighbor. We’d have some fun in the yard AND the kitchen!
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  18. Gosh I haven’t made stuffed peppers in a while! I always had it with meat and rice and honestly love the idea of couscous…maybe even quinoa? Beautiful dish! Happy #SundaySupper
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  19. Love this recipe, Cindy! The first stuffed peppers I ever made were actually with couscous (a Giada DeLaurentiis recipe), and I’ve made them that way ever since. I feel like you can stuff a TON of couscous into each one, so you feel like you’re getting a huge meal out of just one pepper per person!
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  20. Hezzi-D says:

    Love the idea of stuffing the peppers with couscous. We often have rice daily as well and get tired of it. So cool you were a master gardener!
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  21. MealDiva says:

    Stuffed peppers are a favorite here! I usually stuff them with rice or sausage… I’m now inspired to try some couscous! Great recipe!

  22. Lovely dish :) I haven’t made stuffed peppers in such a long time. I am inspired to try them with couscous now!
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  23. These sound wonderful! I can easily make them gluten free by using quinoa!
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  24. These look so refreshing…light and perfect for Spring!
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  25. What a great recipe, and I love the story behind it! I think Everyone can garden a little, even if it is just in a little pot :) It’s great to be able to consume something you grew.
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  26. Alida says:

    These stuffed peppers look wonderful and I LOVE that you used couscous!
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  27. I love the idea of using couscous instead of rice in a stuffed pepper! And that’s so cool to learn you were a Master Gardener! I need you to teach me a few things! :)
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  28. I’ve never made stuffed peppers with chicken but this recipe will definitely make me give it a try! Love the addition of mushrooms as well!
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  29. Shaina says:

    Yum! I love stuffed peppers, great ingredients!
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  30. We always stuff green peppers, but I love that you stuffed red ones here!
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  31. Sydney says:

    These look delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  32. Amy says:

    Couscous is an ideal stuffer! Looks and sounds great! And it is so awesome to see you connecting with the local community through food and cooking…something I need to work on!
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