Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine and Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 thighs and 4 pepper halves)

For a great tasting weeknight dinner with lots of bold flavor, try Jerk Chicken and Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers. The mini bell peppers will be a big hit, and the creamy filling will help tame the heat of the jerk chicken.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. After preheating, reduce one side to low.

Step 2

Combine 1/4 cup green onions, 1/4 cup shallots, sugar, 2 tablespoons juice, oil, allspice, garlic, and serrano in a mini food processor; process until smooth. Combine half of onion mixture and chicken in a medium bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with salt.

Step 3

Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Cover and grill 5 minutes on each side. Move chicken over low heat. Cover and grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Brush chicken with remaining onion mixture.

Step 4

Combine remaining green onions, remaining shallots, remaining juice, cheese, cilantro, and sour cream. Halve bell peppers lengthwise; discard seeds. Divide cheese mixture evenly among pepper halves. Place peppers on grill rack coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Grill 7 minutes or until peppers are lightly charred.

Ratings & Reviews

Nice change of pace!

September 06, 2016
Maybe it wasn't authentic jerk chicken but it was very flavorful. I did add a bit of nutmeg and used boneless skinless thighs and marinated them for about an hour while I prepped the peppers and my side dishes.

Lauren's Review

July 13, 2015
My husband and I loved this meal!  I saw other reviewers mention marinating the chicken longer so I did mine for 6ish hours and I thought it had great flavor.  I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said about the stuffed peppers, except maybe that all the great reviews are well deserved.  This is a great summer meal and I'm sure we'll make it again! 

ksmith6103's Review

January 09, 2015
This was a great meal. I'd have to agree that the stuffed peppers were the star, however. The marinade used in the "Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin" had a much better flavor profile than this one. Next time I make this dish I will use that marinade instead.

jodioschmidt's Review

June 15, 2014
Definitely marinate for longer. Honestly, while we like the chicken the stuffed peppers were the big hit. I'll be making the peppers again

Jestep's Review

November 26, 2013

daneanp's Review

September 27, 2013
Great meal. I seeded the serrano thinking it might be too hot for us, but next time I won't. I also want to marinate the chicken a bit longer. My market didn't have mini peppers so I cut up some small, regular peppers. Huge hit. We'll definitely have this again. Served with Napa Cabbage and Snow Pea Salad (also from Cooking Light). Great combo.

Barbara24's Review

September 06, 2013

LaraRR's Review

August 16, 2013
I gave this 4 stars for the stuffed peppers. We will double the peppers next time - they were great. The chicken was just ok. I've had more flavorful jerk chicken recipes like Cooking Light's "Caribean Style Jerk Chicken".

mrsjroe's Review

June 03, 2013

IreneG's Review

May 21, 2013
Awesome recipe!! This produced juicy, delicious chicken and super yummy peppers. I agree with the others that those peppers would make a great, stand-alone appetizer! I substituted the serrano with a whole jalapeno and it was just enough spice for us.