Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper Rings

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Thick slices of red peppers are stuffed with a cheesy, yet lightened up version of chicken alfredo then topped with Sargento® Chef Blends™ Shredded 6 Cheese Italian and broiled to a golden bubbly perfection.  Serve as a heavy appetizer or a light weeknight meal.

Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper RingsThis recipe came about as a challenge from Sargento Cheese and The Food Network.  Do you watch the TV show, Chopped?  It’s a cooking contest where the contestants are given the ingredients they need to use and make up a creative dish.  It’s totally intense because there is a time limit and the chefs don’t even know their ingredient list until the last minute.  So, there’s no pre-planning involved!  Sargento Cheese has challenged me to get Chopped At Home by creating a delicious recipe in my own kitchen using four ingredients they chose:  red peppers, chicken breasts, Greek yogurt, and Sargento® Chef Blends™ Shredded 6 Cheese Italian.

 

Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper RingsDo you like the challenge of using just a few ingredients to create a unique dish?  If so, let me encourage you to enter the Chopped at Home contest for a chance to win $10,000!  Put your own culinary skills to the test and develop a recipe using Sargento shredded cheese.  Submit your recipe to the Chopped at Home challenge!

We absolutely loved these chicken rings!  Although we’ve only had them for dinner, they would be a fantastic appetizer idea, too.  The red pepper broils nicely to a delicately crisp perfection, and the two layers of cheese will make anyone fall in love. (I broiled a base layer of the Sargento shredded cheese in each pepper ring to help keep in the filling).

Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper Rings

Believe it or not, these fancy shmancy looking red pepper rings are a quick weeknight meal if you have your chicken already cooked and shredded.  I prepare shredded chicken once a month and store it in 2 cup portions in my freezer.  I have many chicken recipes that come together within minutes because I can skip cooking the chicken part.  That’s perfect meal planning, in my opinion!

Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper RingsBUT… we’re talking about Chopped here, where planning is not typically allowed.  Good thing this is Chopped at Home, so go on and start planning that awesome recipe you’re going to enter to the contest!  🙂

Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper Rings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Serving Size: 2 pepper rings

Thick slices of red peppers are stuffed with a cheesy, yet lightened up version of chicken alfredo then topped with Sargento® Chef Blends™ Shredded 6 Cheese Italian and broiled to a golden bubbly perfection. Serve as a heavy appetizer or a light weeknight meal.

  • 4 red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing peppers
  • 6 ounces Sargento® Chef Blends™ Shredded 6 Cheese Italian
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breasts
  • fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Preheat the broiler on high. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease with cooking spray; set aside.

Cut off the ends of the red peppers. Slice the peppers into thick rings (about 2-3 rings for each pepper). Discard the pulp and seeds. Place each ring onto the lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of the shredded cheese to create a thin layer in each ring. Broil for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Press in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir in the chicken stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil and let simmer until slightly reduced. Remove from heat. Whisk in Parmesan, yogurt and nutmeg. Toss in the shredded chicken until coated.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the chicken alfredo into each pepper ring, dividing the mixture evenly. Sprinkle another tablespoon of the shredded cheese on top of each ring. Return to the oven and broil another 3-5 minutes, until cheese is golden. Serve immediately.

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Available in 30 versatile varieties, unique blends and distinct cuts, Sargento Shredded Cheese is always cut from blocks of 100% real, natural cheese. For more inspiration, check out the Sargento Pinterest page  or visit Sargento.com for more information. The Chopped at Home Challenge gives viewers a chance to create their best recipe using the selected basket ingredients, including Sargento Shredded Cheese, for a chance to win $10,000!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sargento®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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