Mmm…peanuts. If there were a way to work it into every meal, I would. On the slow carb diet, we have to use it sparingly, but that doesn’t mean it can’t liven up a meal every once in a while.
Stuffed green peppers are a classic dinner entree, and you really have a lot of options (as far as what you can stuff them with). This particular recipe has a fairly simple list of ingredients, but the flavor comes out relatively complex.
Without further ado, let’s get to it.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- 3 chicken breast halves
- 4 green peppers (larger ones are best)
- 1 1/3 onion
- Peanut oil (olive oil is a fine substitute if you don’t have peanut oil)
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1/2 tsp. of ground cumin
- salt (Kosher salt preferred)
- ground pepper
- 1 can black beans (used as a side, not part of the stuffed peppers)
1) First things first – we need to boil the chicken.
Add 3 chicken breast halves, approximately 1/3 of a sliced onion, 2-3 teaspoons of salt, and 2 garlic cloves to a large pot. Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until done (about 20 – 25 minutes).
2) While the chicken is cooking, dice a whole onion. Chop approximately 1/4 cup of cilantro.
3) Chop off the tops of the green peppers, and remove the insides (seeds, etc).
4) Remove the chicken from the pot and let it cool.
While the chicken cools, preheat your oven to 350º. We will be baking the green peppers just to make them slightly less raw. As soon as the oven is preheated, put the green peppers in the oven on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
5) While the peppers bake, crush 1/2 cup of peanuts. I like to do this using the bottom of a glass, as pictured below.
6) Once the chicken is cool, begin shredding it by holding the chicken down with one fork and scraping away at it with another fork (in the opposite direction). The chicken, if fully cooked, should shred fairly easily.
7) Heat a large pan on medium-high and drizzle pan with peanut oil. Add shredded chicken, chopped onions and cilantro, 1/2 tsp. of ground cumin, along with ground pepper and salt to taste (approx. 1/2 tsp. of each).
Cook for 6-8 minutes. As everything fries in the pan, be sure to periodically toss the ingredients so that everything is mixed well. While it’s cooking, feel free to drizzle a little bit more peanut oil over the top and mix it in. Personally, I think this adds a lot of flavor, but it obviously also adds some fat and calories, so it’s your call.
8) Fill the green peppers with the chicken mixture and add cilantro on top to garnish.
Optional: Add a few whole peanuts on top as well.
Serve with a side of black beans, or your favorite low carb side.
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