Easy Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats

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These Easy Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats are so delicious! Zucchini stuffed with lean chicken tossed in a flavorful marinara sauce and topped with melted mozzarella. These Zucchini Boats are a great low carb, high protein dinner that’s fast and easy to make. 

Looking for more zucchini boat recipes? Some of our favorites are the Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats, the Ground Beef Enchilada Zucchini Boats or the BBQ Chicken Zucchini Boats.

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An Easy Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats Recipe

Growing up, Chicken Parmesan was my dinner of choice when we’d go to The Olive Garden. Now, I can’t remember the last time I went to the Olive Garden and have since found out that their Chicken Parmesan dish is 1060 calories PER SERVING. Holy Moly y’all! When I was a teenager that was fine, but now that I’m older those calories don’t just disappear like they use to!

So for today’s recipe I’m making a healthy take on that classic Italian dish everyone loves! And I’m doing it with a few simple swaps! Instead of breading and frying the chicken I saute it to give the chicken some night browning then simmer it in marinara sauce and add parmesan cheese to thicken it up and give the chicken that classic Chicken Parmesan taste. Instead of serving this lightened up Chicken Parmesan over pasta I scooped it into low carb zucchini boats and topped them with cheese. You’re going to love the flavors in this dish!

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How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a great simple way to make something a little more low carb. To make the stuffed zucchini boats first you need to start with the boats. Slice the stem off the zucchini and then slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop about 1/2″-1″ of the flesh out of the zucchini half – creating what looks like a boat. Place scooped out zucchini halves in a baking dish, flesh side up.

How to Make Easy Chicken Parmesan

  1. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add avocado oil and diced red onion. Saute until translucent, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in cubed chicken breast. Saute until cooked, stirring throughout, approximately 4 minutes.
  3. Then pour pasta sauce over chicken and add parmesan cheese. Bring to a slow simmer. Remove from heat.
  4. In a 13×9 inch baking dish, add zucchini boats flesh side facing up. Scoop the parmesan chicken mixture into the “boat” part of the zucchini.
  5. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve.

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Can Chicken Parmesan Be Frozen?

Yes, the Chicken Parmesan part of this dish can be frozen. I would recommend making the chicken and the sauce, then placing it in a freezer safe storage bag. Can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you are ready to make this dish, just remove the Chicken Parmesan from the freezer and thaw. Scoop contents out of the bag and into the zucchini boats then continue to follow the directions below for baking times and temperatures.

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I seriously cannot wait for you guys to try these Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats! I make A LOT of zucchini boats, but this one version might be taking the cake. It was hands down the most comfort food-y zucchini boat recipe I have made. And honestly, it really does taste like Chicken Parmesan. You could totally pour a glass of wine and make this a healthy date night IN recipe for you and that special someone, or it’s also easy enough to make on a quick school night for the family! And trust me, your kiddos will love it!

Maddie and Cason both devoured this one! I mean what’s not to like? Tender chicken covered in sauce and cheese? Yes please! All the deliciousness helps your kids or those picky eaters eat the zucchini! 

Bon Appetit friends! 

What to serve with Chicken Parmesan?

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The Best Easy Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 26 min
  • Total Time: 36 minutes
  • Yield: 6 zucchini boats 1x
  • Category: Chicken, Low Carb,
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

These Easy Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats are so delicious! Zucchini stuffed with lean chicken tossed in a flavorful marinara sauce and topped with melted mozzarella. These Zucchini Boats are a great low carb, high protein dinner that’s fast and easy to make.


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Ingredients

  • 3 large zucchini, halved and scooped out
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • garnish: chopped fresh basil

Chicken Parmesan:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups Muir Glen tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add avocado oil and diced red onion. Saute until translucent, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in cubed chicken breast. Saute until cooked, stirring throughout, approximately 4 minutes.
  4. Then pour pasta sauce over chicken and add parmesan cheese. Bring to a slow simmer. Remove from heat.
  5. In a 13×9 inch baking dish, add zucchini boats flesh side facing up. Scoop the parmesan chicken mixture into the “boat” part of the zucchini.
  6. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  8. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 zucchini boats
  • Calories: 190
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 562 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 44 mg

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