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In these warmer months, with fresh produce hitting gardens and store shelves in more abundance, I love cooking with fresh ingredients. This bell pepper chicken recipe uses fresh peppers, tomatoes, and lots of fresh herbs. Perfect for a garden-fresh dinner!
I love light and fresh-tasting meals in the summer. Something that reminds me that a tasty dinner is as easy as picking some fresh herbs from my garden, or a lively bunch of greens from the produce section shelves. This recipe is a perfect case in point.
For The Love Of Red Vegetables
Red veggies are so good for us! And the good news is, most of them have a terrific flavor that nearly everyone enjoys. That’s great news for the folks at your dinner table!
Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants — such as lycopene and anthocyanins — that may do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people aged 60 and older). Antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals.WebMD
Chicken With Bell Peppers
Chicken and bell peppers just go together. And the good news, you can really use any color pepper you prefer. They don’t have to be red.
Most folks prefer red peppers because they are sweeter.
Green bell peppers are bitter simply because they are red bell peppers that haven’t matured. They are picked early before they ripen, so their flavors are also on the less developed side which makes them a little more bitter. This can be a good thing in many dishes, however.
In fact, all bell peppers are the same pepper, just at different stages of ripeness. These different stages have slightly different flavors and nutrition profiles. But all of them lend themselves to making a tasty meal.
How To Use Up Your Extra Bell Peppers
Have extra peppers from the store or your garden? Here are some tasty ways to use them up quickly!
- Mexican Healthy Stuffed Peppers
- Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Chicken Fajitas
- Sloppy Joe Casserole
- Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Stew
- Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
Bell Pepper Chicken Ingredients
2¼ cups chopped red bell pepper – As mentioned above, you can use any color pepper here. Pick your favorite!
1 cup chopped purple onion – Yellow onion will work in a pinch, but purple is the better option.
2 tbsp. oil – I used coconut oil, but you can use olive oil or whatever oil you typically cook with.
1 ⅓ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts – Cut these into small, bite-sized pieces. The smaller they are, the faster they will cook. In a pinch, chicken thighs work just as well.
2 tsp. garlic powder – You can also use garlic granules or even fresh, minced, garlic cloves. If using fresh garlic, use 6 medium cloves and mince them as fine as you can get them. You can even mash them into paste if that’s easier.
½ cup fresh, chopped flat-leaf parsley – This is also known as Italian parsley. You can use curly parsley if that’s all you have, but flat-leaf parsley gives the best flavors in this dish.
1 cup chopped fresh basil – Chop this somewhat coarsely. It doesn’t have to be super fine. You could potentially use dried basil, but it won’t have the same effect. If using dry herbs, start with 1 to 2 tbsp. and adjust up only if needed.
1 cup fresh, chopped tomatoes – This can be any variety of tomatoes that you prefer.
½ tsp. ground black pepper – White pepper could work well here too if that’s what you have.
½ tsp. salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but use what you have on hand. This measurement is just a suggestion. Add as much or as little as you like.
How To Make Bell Pepper Chicken
Heat the oil in a large pan.
Sauté the bell peppers and onions at medium-high heat until soft.
Add the chicken and remaining garlic powder, and cook completely (approximately 15 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken chunks).
Turn off the heat, stir in the tomatoes and fresh herbs.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
How To Store Bell Pepper Chicken
This will keep in the fridge for up to three days. It packs well and travels well as long as you keep it cool.
Can You Freeze Bell Pepper Chicken?
Freeze it before adding the fresh herbs and tomatoes. You can stir those in at the last minutes before serving if you warm this up in a skillet after thawing.
To thaw, place in the fridge overnight or up to a full 24 hours before you want to eat it.
Need To Round Out The Meal?
This is great tossed with pasta or served on a bed of rice.
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Bell Pepper Chicken Skillet Recipe
Bell Pepper Chicken
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- Large Skillet
- 2¼ cups chopped red bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped purple onion
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 1 ⅓ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces)
- 2 tsp. garlic powder (or 6 cloves, minced)
- ½ cup fresh, shopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 cup fresh, chopped tomatoes
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- ½ tsp. salt (or more as needed)
- Heat the oil in a large skillet.
- Sauté the bell peppers and onions until soft.
- Add the chicken and remaining garlic powder, and cook completely. (Approximately 15 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken chunks).
- Turn off the heat, stir in the tomatoes and fresh herbs.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.