Easy to make CHICKEN ENCHILADA ZUCCHINI BOATS!  A tasty way to eat more veggies that the whole family will love! 

A fun alternative to a traditional enchilada with tortillas, making this a gluten free dish,and a tasty way to ensure we’re eating more veggies!

Baking dish filled with zucchini boats loaded with chicken enchilada filling. Topped with tomato and cilantro.

Zucchini Boat Chicken Enchiladas! Maybe my new favorite way to eat zucchini. These zucchini boats are loaded with shredded chicken and cheese.  Topped with enchilada sauce and all the favorite toppings!

What is a Zucchini Boat?

Basically, we will be hollowing out a zucchini and filling it with our enchilada filling.

We cut the zucchini lengthwise and then using a spoon scrape out all the seeds and create a boat shape in the middle.  This makes it easy to stuff the zucchini with whatever deliciousness you want.

Make sure you save the zucchini you scrape out too.  Just toss that in a frying pan with a tiny amount of olive oil, some salt and pepper and you have a tasty snack!

Hollowed out zucchini ready to be made into chicken enchilada zucchini boats.

Not feeling the chicken?  You can always substitute another meat in here.  Or even just stuff the zucchini with cheese and some green chiles to make this meatless if you want.  Or leave out the cheese and just have meat.  Enchiladas are such an easy thing to change up.

The most important part?  The sauce.

I love making my own homemade Enchilada Sauce.

Two chicken enchilada zucchini boats on a plate topped with sour cream.

And of course theres the toppings.  That’s probably my favorite part of any mexican style dish.

Some of my favorites include: cilantro, tomatoes, green onions, sour cream.  You could add olives if you want.  Pretty much whatever you would put on your tacos you can toss on top of enchiladas.

Make a batch of some Mexican Rice and Homemade Refried Beans and you’re all set!

Close up of chicken enchilada zucchini boats topped with tomato and cilantro.

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Baking dish filled with zucchini boats loaded with chicken enchilada filling. Topped with tomato and cilantro.

Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats


  • Author: Serene
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x

Description

Easy to make CHICKEN ENCHILADA ZUCCHINI BOATS!  A tasty way to eat more veggies that the whole family will love! A fun alternative to a traditional enchilada with tortillas, making this a gluten free dish,and a tasty way to ensure we’re eating more veggies!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (approximately half a small onion)
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles
  • 2 cups jack cheese (divided)
  • 46 medium size zucchinis
  • Enchilada Sauce

Optional Toppings

  • diced tomato
  • diced green onion
  • sour cream
  • olives
  • cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil. Add the chicken. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Cook about 7 minutes on each side until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from the skillet and place on cutting board.
  3. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and allow to cook for a few minutes until the onion is softened and translucent. Remove from heat.
  4. Shred the chicken and place in a bowl. Add the garlic powder, cumin, cooked onion, green chiles, and 1 cup of the jack cheese. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  5. Cut the zucchini lengthwise and using a spoon scoop out the center of the zucchini leaving about a 1/4 inch barrier around the edge forming a boat shape.
  6. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Line the zucchini in the casserole dish with the boat part facing up. Spoon the chicken and cheese mixture into the zucchinis.
  7. Pour enchilada sauce over the top. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of jack cheese and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven allow to cool for about 5 minutes, serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

Serve with Homemade Refried Beans and Mexican Rice

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Protein: 25 g

Keywords: zucchini, enchiladas, tex Mex, dinner,