Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers with Brown Rice and Spicy Chicken
To make the tomato sauce
4cupstomatopeeled and seeded
1teaspoonsalt(or to taste)
¼teaspoonpepperfreshly-cracked, or ground, (or to taste)
To make the stuffing
1large red oniongrated
1poundground chicken[0.45 kg] or ground turkey
1½teaspoonsalt(or more, to taste)
½teaspoonblack pepperfreshly-cracked, or ground
1teaspoonchili flakes or chili powder
To assemble the stuffed peppers
A bunch of basil leaves to garnish
To make the tomato sauce, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Add the tomatoes and garlic.Cover and simmer until the tomatoes are cooked through, mash them with a potato masher. Add oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Make the filling by soaking the rice in enough water to cover it, plus an inch. Let it rest for an hour.Heat the oil over very low heat, add the onion and garlic, cook and stir until they start to release their aroma. Stir in the chicken, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Increase heat to medium and simmer covered for five minutes.
To cook the rice, remove all rice from the water. Add the rice to the pan and stir. Add 1 cup of the water in which the rice was soaked and a cup of the tomato sauce you prepared previously (set the rest aside), and chicken stock.Simmer until almost all the liquid evaporates. Cover tightly, lower heat to the minimum, and simmer for five minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Mix in the chopped basil.
Preheat oven to 400 ºF [200 ºC].
To clean the cubanelle peppers, cut a slit in the cubanelle peppers and scoop out the seeds and white parts with a small spoon.Stuff the peppers with the chicken mixture.
Pour the remaining tomato sauce on a baking pan big enough to accommodate the peppers, or divide between two smaller pans (which is what I did). Place the peppers in the tomato sauce. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven, garnish with the basil leaves and serve.
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