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Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Course All Recipes, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine 1:1 Ratio, All, Bodybuilding Friendly, Poultry
Calories 116 kcal


  • For the enchilada sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp chipotle chile in adobo sauce more if you like it spicy
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2/3 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • For the zucchini boats
  • 4 zucchini about 32 oz total
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 8 oz cooked chicken breast shredded
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chilli powder
  • 3 Tbsp water or fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • For the topping
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • scallions and cilantro for garnish


  • For the enchilada sauce: In a medium saucepan, spray oil and sauté garlic. Add chipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to use
  • For the Zucchini Boats: Bring a large pot of water to boil
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and using a small spoon or melon baller, scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4" thick. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside
  • Drop the zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute; remove from water
  • In a large saute pan, heat oil and add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook on medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add chopped zucchini and cilantro; season with salt and pepper and cook about 4 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano, chili powder, water, and tomato paste and cook a few more minutes, then add in chicken; mix and cook 3 more minutes
  • Place 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a large (or 2 small) baking dish, and place zucchini halves cut side up. Using a spoon, fill each hollowed zucchini with 1/3 cup chicken mixture, pressing firmly
  • Top each with 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce, and 1 1/2 tablespoons each of shredded cheese
  • Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through
  • Top with scallions and cilantro for garnish and serve with low fat sour cream if desired


Shortcut this recipe by cutting up zucchini into small chunks and spreading them out in an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Spread chicken and sauce mixture over the top with cheese and bake as directed 
For the enchilada sauce:
olive oil spray  (I used my Misto)


Calories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 12gFat: 3.5gSodium: 410mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4.5g
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