Chicken + Peppers

chicken with peppers

Chicken & Peppers

serves 2

Inspired by Niki Segnit from The Flavour Thesaurus.

I know this dish sounds way too simple to be any good. But trust me, you’re in for a real treat! The red capsicum cooks down and releases its sweet juices to form the most heavenly sauce.

I like to serve this simply with a fresh green salad to mop up the juices. Steamed rice or crusty bread could also be used.

4-6 chicken drumsticks
2-3 large red capsicum (bell peppers), chopped

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F).

2. Place chicken in an oven proof dish. Top with sliced capsicum (peppers). Drizzle generously with olive oil. Season.

3. Bake covered for about 30 minutes.

4. Remove the lid and bake until the peppers are reduced and tender and the chicken is golden and cooked, about another 20-30 minutes.

vegan – replace the drumsticks with field or portabello mushrooms. You probably won’t need to cook as long.

– cook the peppers as described above without the chicken. Use the cooked peppers as a sauce to serve with pan fried halloumi.

hot! – pop in a few or more red chillies with the capsicum.

smoky – sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons smoked paprika over the chicken to intensify the sweet capsicum (pepper) flavour.

different veg – feel free to add in some chopped red onion or whole cloves of garlic. Yellow capsicum (peppers) can also be used but don’t bother trying green ones.

– reduce the amount of chicken per person and add in a drained can of chickpeas.


video version of the recipe



  • I think that goes for just about everything in life, not just cooking. You should always listen to your gut.

  • yes, listening to your gut, to your heart, to who you are! i’ve learned so much about that in the past year… although for cooking, i kinda feel like, if i’ve got a doubt about seasoning, i should just keep it simple: salt & pepper.

  • Hi there,

    Love your site. One thing I noticed in your Thai curry noodle photo–in an asian dinner, one should never rest the chopsticks “head first” into the bowl. Always at the side of the bowl or on a rest. It’s considered rude and bad luck and symbolizes all sorts of awful things that don’t really mean anything. Just thought you might want to pass that along to your food stylist!

    J. D’oh

  • Jules, I made this chicken and peppers dish last night with the addition of red onion and garlic and it was absolutely YUMM. That was so easy and delicious, that is definitely going on my repeat list, and will be trying lots of other additions too. Fabulous

  • Delicious recipe … made it for friends and it was a hit! Served with a rice salad and greens.
    Thanks, Jules!

  • Thanks for the recipe, do you think adding Potatoes or Eggplant would work with this?

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