Thai Stuffed Chili Peppers

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: serves 2 to 5
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
898 Calories
34g Fat
28g Carbs
115g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 2 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 898
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 403mg 134%
Sodium 1186mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 115g
Calcium 172mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you like spicy, you'll love these hot red chili peppers! This fun recipe starts with an assortment of chili peppers which are anywhere from 2 to 4 inches long. Experiment with jalapeno, red peppers, or banana peppers (these are especially hot). Stuffed with shrimp or chicken meat plus Thai herbs, these peppers are then dipped in a simple batter and fried. Superb for an appetizer, or enjoy them with a Thai salad for a complete meal!

As a bonus, these chilies can be stuffed ahead of time, then quickly fried when your guests arrive.

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10 chilies (try red hot peppers, jalapeno, or banana peppers)
  • 1 cup shrimp (cooked, or 1 cup cooked chicken/turkey - leftover roasted chicken or turkey works well)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 handful peanuts (roasted)
  • 1 galangal (or ginger fresh thumb-size)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 green onions (only the lower "white" part sliced - reserve long green stems for later)
  • 1 egg
  • A handful coriander (fresh)
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup (oil for frying or more as needed - canola works well)
  • 1/2 cup flour (mixed with 1/2 cup water, plus 1/4 tsp. salt)

Steps to Make It

  1. To clean the peppers, put on a pair of rubber or latex gloves. If you don't want to wear gloves, just be careful not to touch your eyes after handling the chilies.

  2. Make a single cut from just below the stem down to the tip of each chili (be careful not to slice through to the other side). Try to leave the stem on, as this will make the chilies easier to handle, and also the stems are quite decorative.

  3. Gently open up the chili (you may have to tear the top a little to open it). Using a teaspoon, remove the seeds plus the inner lighter-colored rind, leaving the chili empty. Run the chili under cold water; this will wash away any seeds that are left. Set cleaned-out chilies aside.

  4. Place shrimp or chicken, fish sauce, peanuts, galangal (or ginger), garlic, spring onion bulbs (reserve green stems for later), egg, coriander, and black pepper together in a food processor or chopper. Process well.

  5. Using a teaspoon, stuff this mixture into the peppers. Don't over-stuff. The peppers should nearly be able to close.

  6. To keep the peppers from coming open, use the spring onion stems reserved from earlier. Wrap a stem around the middle of each pepper and very gently tie it (if you pull too hard, the stem will break). You don't need to knot the stem - just tighten it and then cut off the excess (if it's too long).

  7. To make the batter, simply mix 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 cup water plus 1/4 tsp. salt. Stir until the batter is more or less smooth. Use a whisk if you have one.

  8. Heat oil in a small frying pan, or in the bottom of your wok; the oil should be at least 1 inch deep. When the oil begins to "snake" (move) across the bottom of the pan, it should be hot enough. If you're not sure, dip an end of one of the peppers into it. If the oil sizzles around it, it's ready.

  9. Turn heat down to medium.

  10. Working quickly, dip the stuffed peppers one at a time into the batter and then carefully place them in the hot oil. Allow to cook for at least 3 minutes on each side, or until peppers are golden-brown (they may also start to resemble roasted peppers).

  11. When done, remove and allow to drain on an absorbent towel or paper towel.

  12. Eat the peppers while they're still hot from the pan.