Chicken Parm gets a fun low-carb and gluten-free twist with these cheesy stuffed peppers with chicken and quinoa. Serve with a salad for a healthy dinner that's easy to prep too.

Robin Bashinsky
Source:, October 2019


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add quinoa; cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 seconds. Add water; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in chicken, marinara, Parmesan and 1/2 cup basil.

  • Trim top 1/2 inch from peppers; remove seeds and membranes. Arrange the peppers, cut-sides up, in an 8-inch-square glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap; microwave on High for 3 minutes. Remove plastic wrap. Spoon the quinoa mixture evenly into the pepper halves (about 1 1/4 cups each).

  • Bake the stuffed peppers until they are softened, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella. Continue baking until the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.


To make ahead: The peppers can be prepared through Step 2 up to 1 day in advance. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature while preheating the oven. Continue with Step 3.

Nutrition Facts

559 calories; protein 47.7g 95% DV; carbohydrates 49.4g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 8.4g 34% DV; sugars 12.9g; fat 18.4g 28% DV; saturated fat 4.9g 25% DV; cholesterol 104mg 35% DV; vitamin a iu 5914.8IU 118% DV; vitamin c 218.3mg 364% DV; folate 172.8mcg 43% DV; calcium 245.4mg 25% DV; iron 5.2mg 29% DV; magnesium 149.3mg 53% DV; potassium 969mg 27% DV; sodium 521.5mg 21% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 34% DV.

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11/06/2019 I so love to cook. Have been enjoying many recipes from Eating well. Thank you so much. I made these stuffed peppers and it went over amazing. Will be a staple recipe for my home. Read More