Italian-Style Chicken & Peppers Recipe
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Italian-Style Chicken & Peppers Recipe

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I found my mom's well-stained recipe card for chicken and green peppers and was flooded with memories. I'd forgot how good it was! Hope you enjoy. —Donna Miller, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups meatless pasta sauce
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/4 cup sauce: 394 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1030mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 34g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place pasta sauce in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave, covered, on high for 3-4 minutes or until hot, stirring halfway.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add green pepper; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in cream cheese.
  3. Arrange chicken in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon pepper mixture onto chicken. Pour warmed sauce over top. Place cheese over sauce. Bake, covered, 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Italian-Style Chicken & Peppers in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p34

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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pooflady User ID: 2516460 229832
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"The mozzarella cheese was black and crusted after 25 minutes. Husband said to throw the recipe away and I agree."

Dale2650ford User ID: 2553271 193615
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"Real easy to make and tasty. Just what the submitter said it would be. It was a tad longer than 30 min if you allow for prep time. Will be making this again!"

Leah0509 User ID: 7981259 192104
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"easy to make and turned out to be very yummy! We used our homemade tomato sauce and it kicked everything up to the next level. I weill be making this again!"

annepaulette User ID: 5500739 111725
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"Made this a 'meal 4 two' cutting recipe in half, used sweet red pepper. came together quick and easy - will definitely make again."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 184602
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"We enjoyed this. The chicken breasts I used were too thick so I had to bake them longer. Next time will cut them in half. Recommend adding the cheese after the first 10 minutes of baking time. I added garlic & Italian seasoning (in addition to that which is in the sauce) and mushrooms. Yummy. I might try ricotta instead of cream cheese."

tastycook1 User ID: 565995 133287
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"quick & easy and delicious. I'll be making this a gain, for sure"

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 179376
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"Delicious recipe! Since I had just made a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce and had an abundance of green peppers from our garden, this recipe appeared at the perfect time for me. I doubled the recipe since I had really large chicken breasts that I cut in half to make thinner portions. I really liked that it was diabetic friendly for my husband, too!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 212564
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"I happened to have these 5 ingredients and was in the mood to try something a little different, so I gave this recipe a shot. It didn't disappoint. Good flavor, very easy."

luv2swim_AZ User ID: 6067029 111724
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"I didn't change anything except added a sprinkle of granulated garlic to chicken. This was very easy and very moist. I baked it 30 minutes and my cheese was slightly more done than I would have wanted, so I would either add it later in the cooking time or check after 25 minutes. This reminded me a lot of my salsa chicken recipe except with Italian flavors instead of Mexican flavors."

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