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A few weeks ago, I got a huge bag of zucchini from the farmer’s market. What do you do when you’re swimming in zucchini? You make chicken stuffed zucchini boats!
Slice a zucchini in half, carve out a bit of the center, and it makes a perfect container for all kinds of toppings. Not only do they make an easy, low carb one-pan dinner, they can also be frozen for later. That’s a must when you have more zucchini than you can eat before it goes bad. Everyone in my family likes spicy food, so this time I wanted something with a little kick.
These buffalo chicken stuffed zucchini boats are one of my favorite variations of stuffed zucchini. (If you’re looking for other ideas, try my shiitake Swiss stuffed squash or zucchini bruschetta boats.) They are incredibly savory and have a spicy kick at the same time. The chicken filling is very tender and practically melts in your mouth.
If you love buffalo chicken, they are an absolute must-try! They have the same delicious flavor, without the mess of buffalo chicken wings.
They also happen to be low carb, keto-friendly, THM approved, and gluten-free.
I was hoping we’d have leftovers of these buffalo chicken stuffed zucchini boats, but we actually didn’t. “Too good for leftovers!” My husband said. Wow, that has to be one of the best compliments.
Actually, the chicken stuffed zucchini boats were so delicious that I decided to make another batch to freeze before we left for our Europe trip. I tested freezing them once already, and was pleasantly surprised that it worked out well. A wonderful surprise despite the mayonnaise and cheese in the recipe!
Just make sure that you don’t freeze them raw, or the enzymes in the zucchini will begin to degrade the flavor. Instead, complete all except the last step in advance. Simply freeze them after adding the filling to the pre-roasted zucchini. When you’re ready to eat the chicken stuffed zucchini, you can place them in the oven frozen and just check on them occasionally. They’ll be ready when they are heated through and the filling is bubbly.
We’ll be enjoying the frozen extras of this recipe in a couple of weeks. Right now we’re in Lyon, France, and we spent last week in Paris and Provence in the South of France. I’m absolutely loving all the French food, but after heaps of crepes and foie gras, I know I’ll just want a boatload of veggies when we get back.
I’m certain that these low carb buffalo chicken stuffed zucchini boats will hit the spot. Meanwhile, I hope they help you out in using up all your zucchini. I promise, they are one of the best ways to do it!
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe:
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (grease lightly if using foil).
Cook the chicken breast. Heat an oiled skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breast, cook for one minute without moving, then flip. Cover, turn the heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes without removing the lid. Turn off the heat and leave the lid on for another 8-10 minutes, until fully cooked (don't lift the lid until at least 8 minutes have passed).
- Meanwhile, slice the zucchini length-wise. Use a melon baller or small spoon to partially hollow out the center of each zucchini half (this is where the filling will go).
Arrange the zucchini on a baking sheet, cut side up. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the zucchini are just starting to soften. Blot any accumulated moisture in the cavities with a paper towel.
Stir together the buffalo sauce, mayonnaise, blue cheese, minced garlic, and chopped tomato. When the chicken is done, chop it finely and add to the sauce.
Spoon the filling into the zucchini halves. Bake 7-10 more minutes, until the chicken is golden. Garnish with chives if desired.
Serving size: 1 zucchini boat
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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