This zucchini boat recipe is stuffed full of just ground chicken, pasta sauce and cheese. Sounds simple, I know, but it’s a family favorite meal that can be thrown together in no time.
If you’re looking for easy keto dinner ideas, these chicken parmesan stuffed zucchini boats are a slam dunk. Even my kids love this simple, last minute dinner idea.
The zucchini provides the perfect crunch, and the chicken stuffing is super cheesy and flavorful. The parmesan gets that irresistible toasty goodness that makes all the difference.
A quick & easy low carb dinner recipe made with just 5 ingredients.
How To Make Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats
1Ground chicken makes this recipe completely hassle free. Simply cook and chop it up, and then mix in a few cups of pasta sauce and lots of cheese for the delicious filling.
2Cut your zucchinis in half, and then use a melon baller or spoon to dig out the guts. You can finely dice it and throw it into your stuffing, save it for later to make zucchini fritters, toss it into your morning omelet, or sneak it into all kinds of casserole recipes.
3Once you’ve got your boats made, line them up in a large 9×13 greased baking dish.
4Generously stuff them with your chicken mixture, and then top with lots of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
5Bake for about 25 minutes, and then say HELLO to the most delicious low carb dinner on the planet!
These zucchini boats really are a family favorite, even to those that aren’t trying watch their carbs. I usually serve them with garlic bread on the side for the kids and hangry husband to enjoy; this adds a little more substance for big appetites.
This easy keto dinner recipe is not only healthy, it's made with just 5 simple ingredients and is excellent for the entire family! The ground chicken makes them quick and easy to make without a lot of mess or pre-baking. You don't have to be on a low carb diet to fall in love with these delicous chicken stuffed zucchini boats.
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 3 large zucchinis (or 4 small)
- 2 cups marinara or pasta sauce
- 3 cups freshly shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup shredded parmesan
- salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and chop the ground chicken until no longer pink. Season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Mix in about 2 cups of tomato sauce with the chicken and turn the heat to low so it can simmer and absorb the sauce for a bit (you don't want it to be too runny, so if you're using a thin sauce you may need to use a little less).
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
While the chicken and sauce are simmering, de-stem and cut your zucchinis in half length wise. Use a spoon or melon baller to carve out the guts. *See tip in notes for what to do with the guts.
Mix in 2 cups of shredded mozzarella and 1/2 cup of your parmesan to the chicken and sauce mixture; stir until melted.
Spoon the mixture onto your zucchini boats, and then sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan over top.
Bake uncovered in the center rack for 25 minutes, and then switch your oven to broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese.
- *I like to chop up the gutted zucchini and save it for zucchini fritters, mix it into my scrambled eggs the next morning, toss it with a salad, or add it to a dinner casserole the next night. You can also throw some of it in with your chicken and sauce mixture if you'd like, but I prefer to leave it out.
- I usually end up with a little extra chicken mixture that I eat for lunch the next day.
- I use Rao's Marinara and pizza sauce for most recipes because it's lower in carbs than most. You can find it in most grocery stores.
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