Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

This was our dinner tonight and oh boy it was gooood!  I saw the recipe a while back on Kevin’s site and had to try it.  And now since it’s summer, zucchini’s at it’s best.

Since we already ate our own garden’s stock, I stopped at the local farmer’s stand on the way home a picked up a bunch. With zucchini, peppers and onions in season right now this meal is not only healthy, but affordable.

Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

These little boats are full of veggies making this a great low carb recipe. It could also easily be made vegetarian by skipping the chicken and adding a can of black beans.

I made this with my recipe for homemade enchilada sauce, but you could easily substitute for the jarred stuff if you are short on time.

Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

We actually had some leftover so we will be having this yumminess  for lunch the next couple of  days.

Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

Adapted from Kevin at Closet Cooking

Zucchini Boat Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder or regular chili powder
  • 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce (see below)
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Enchilada Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil or  butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 5 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1  6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Zucchini Boat Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.  
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add zucchini halves and boil for 1 minute. Remove and let cool. Once cooled hollow out the zucchini halves with a small spoon reserving the flesh.  
  4. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and peppers and sauté for 5-7 minutes.  
  5. Add garlic, cumin, and chili powder and sauté for 1 minute.  
  6. Add reserved zucchini flesh, chicken, corn, oregano, 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce and cilantro. Cook for a few minutes until heated through and remove from heat.  
  7. Spread 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce over the bottom of a large baking dish. Place zucchini in the dish and stuff them with the chicken filling and top with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
  8. Bake in oven for about 30-40 minutes or until zucchini is tender.

Enchilada Sauce Directions

  1. Heat oil or butter in a sauce pan.
  2. Add flour to pan to make roux.
  3. Add spices and tomato paste. Stir until well blended into roux.
  4. Add water gradually, stirring constantly.
  5. Heat until boiling.
  6. Continue simmering and stirring until desired thickened. About 4 minutes.

This sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.


10 thoughts on “Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

  1. This is in the oven as I type.

    I made a couple of modifications in the interest of expedience and personal taste: I took the easy way and used commercial enchilada sauce. Also, I’m baking on convect at 400° for 15 minutes, then will sprinkle with cheese (commercial four cheese mix) and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.

    Just an FYI: the recipe needs a little editing, because the corn and oregano ingredients are together on one line.

  2. Holy cow, this took so much prep time! While I should have figured that out, it wouldn’t hurt to list that with the recipe.

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