Basmati Rice and Turkey Stuffed Peppers


These stuffed peppers with ground turkey and rice are perfect for a nutritious weeknight meal with the family that even the kids will love. Any leftover stuffing can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
8 bell pepper halves


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ¾ cup brown basmati rice (such as Trader Joe's®)

  • ½ onion, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, divided

  • ¼ cup tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Bring water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes. Keep covered and set aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, parsley, and garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Add turkey, salt, and garlic powder. Cook and stir using a wooden spoon until meat is no longer pink and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth and tomato sauce; bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in cooked rice until well combined.

  4. Fill each bell pepper half with rice mixture. Arrange evenly in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle each stuffed pepper with cheese. Pour remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth into the bottom of the baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese is browned, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

216 Calories
9g Fat
19g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 216
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 375mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 107mg 537%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 338mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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