Your Halloween dinner party guests will turn into ravenous monsters when you bring these orange jack-o’-lantern chicken and rice stuffed peppers, inspired by Everyday Jenny, to the table.
Orange bell peppers carved into edible jack-o’-lanterns and stuffed with spicy shredded chicken and brown rice become a scary good dinner for Halloween gatherings, harvest parties, and fun family meals.
As a bonus, they’re a healthier take on the traditional ground beef and white rice-stuffed peppers. If you’re looking for healthy, hearty recipes to balance out the extra holiday sweets and treats, put this festive dish on your list!
To make your Halloween party prep easier, cook the chicken breasts or thighs ahead of time and refrigerate until you need them. You can also pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store that’s cooked, hot, and ready to go.
Place the shredded chicken in a pan and generously season with cumin, garlic salt, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Stir in a can of diced tomatoes and chilies.
The secret to delicious brown rice
To bring out the naturally nutty flavor of brown rice, toast it in olive oil before adding tomato sauce, chicken broth, and seasonings. (We recommend toasting all of your rice before adding liquid! You’ll love the little boost of flavor.)
Simmer the brown rice until tender.
Prep the jack-o’-lantern peppers
Cut off the tops of the bell peppers and hollow out the insides.
Create jack-o’-lantern face
Use a paring knife and cut jack-o’-lantern faces into the peppers.
Cook the peppers
Place the peppers and tops in boiling water, cook for a few minutes or until just tender. Transfer the peppers and tops to a bowl of ice-cold water to halt the cooking.
Prepare the filling
Combine the chicken and rice with black beans and shredded cheddar cheese.
Stuff the peppers
Place the peppers in a baking dish. Fill each pepper with the chicken mixture.
Get ready to devour
Sprinkle with additional shredded cheese, and cover with the bell pepper tops. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the peppers are tender. Serve immediately: Your hungry Halloween ghouls are waiting!