Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb, high protein meal.  They’re the healthier way to enjoy the flavors of chicken parmesan! {GF}

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb, high protein meal. They're the healthier way to enjoy the flavors of chicken parmesan! @FlavortheMoment

We’re going boating today!  This form of boating has nothing to with water and everything to do with zucchini, so I hope you’re ok with that.  These Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are lightened up summer comfort food, which is way better than regular boating.

And you don’t have to worry about a sunburn. 🙂

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb, high protein meal. They're the healthier way to enjoy the flavors of chicken parmesan! @FlavortheMoment

All kidding aside, I’ve been dreaming up so many zucchini boat recipes lately and I finally decided to do a play on classic chicken parmesan.

If you love the flavors of chicken parm you’ll definitely want to check out my Easy Chicken Parmesan Burgers too!

Classic chicken parmesan is breaded, pan fried, and typically served with pasta.  It’s the epitome of comfort food and is pretty high in calories.

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb, high protein meal. They're the healthier way to enjoy the flavors of chicken parmesan! @FlavortheMoment

I’m not terribly big on fried food, so I prefer these Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats so much more.  They’re bikini-friendly, which is a good thing in the summertime.

These zucchini boats have got your back. 🙂

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb, high protein meal. They're the healthier way to enjoy the flavors of chicken parmesan! @FlavortheMoment

We all love zucchini noodles smothered in pasta sauce (see here and here if you do!), so it should come as no surprise that the tender zucchini is the perfect compliment to the marinara sauce.

The chicken, cheese, and basil don’t hurt either!

There’s a little prep involved as you need to hollow out your zucchini, but that can be done in advance and it is kind of fun.

One little note…I couldn’t stand the thought of throwing out the flesh of the zucchini, so I chopped it up and cooked it up with the chicken for the filling.  It resulted in a bit of excess liquid, which I drained off before adding the marinara sauce.

The zucchini also resulted in making a bit more filling than I needed for my boats, so expect to have a little extra even after stuffing your boats with a generous amount of filling.

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You may also assemble your Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats ahead of time as well, and bake them when you’re 30 minutes away from dinner time.

Then prepare yourself to indulge in the best form of boating.

Zucchini boating! 🙂

And now it’s Eat Seasonal time, where a group of bloggers join up to share recipes featuring seasonal produce!  This month I used herbs, tomatoes, and zucchini from the list we were given.

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Thank you to our wonderful host Becky from The Vintage Mixer, and be sure to visit her August Seasonal Produce Guide for even more recipe inspiration this month!

You can get in on the fun too, using the hashtag #eatseasonal to share your seasonal recipes as well.  Be sure to visit the links below for the other Eat Seasonal blogger’s recipes!

Healthy Turkey, Zucchini & Rice Casserole by Cookin’ Canuck

Caramelized Onion Galette by The Vintage Mixer

Roasted Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Waffle Cones by Food for My Family

Italian Plum Upsidedown Cake by Suitcase Foodist

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Panzanella Salad by Completely Delicious

Coconut Cherry Cobbler by Kitchen Confidante

Healthy Berry Crisp with a Coconut Oat Crumb Topping by Joy Food Sunshine

Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, and Gorgonzola Bites by Letty’s Kitchen

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb, high protein meal. They're the healthier way to enjoy the flavors of chicken parmesan! @FlavortheMoment

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb, high protein meal.  They’re the healthier way to enjoy the flavors of chicken parmesan! {GF}

Ingredients:

  • 4 large zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic,  minced
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cups Easy Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce (or your favorite)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place 3/4 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of a 13×9″ baking pan and 1/4 cup in an 8×8″ pan.  Set aside.
  2. Using a melon baller, carefully scoop out the flesh of each zucchini half, leaving 1/4″ border on the bottom and along the sides.  Chop the flesh or process briefly in your food processor and set aside (optional).
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan.  Add the onion and cook 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute 30 seconds more.
  4. Add the chicken and chopped zucchini flesh along with salt and pepper to taste, and break up the chicken with the back of a spoon.  Cook 3-5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.  Drain the majority of the excess liquid carefully.
  5. Add the remaining marinara sauce and stir to combine.  Simmer over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Place the zucchini halves in the prepared pans.  Fill generously with the meat the mixture and cover both dishes with foil.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.
  7. Top the zucchini boats with the parmesan and mozzarella, and bake until melted and bubbly.  Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Nutrition information is a rough estimate all marinara sauces are not the same.  I advise to use one low in sugar and sodium to keep it close to these numbers.
  • Make sure your zucchini are the same time to ensure even cooking.
  • The zucchini boats and filling may be prepped ahead, and the entire meal may be assembled in advance.

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 zucchini boats, Serving Size: 1 zucchini boat

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 226
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg
  • Sodium: 341mg
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 20g

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb, high protein meal. They're the healthier way to enjoy the flavors of chicken parmesan! @FlavortheMoment