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Zucchini boats are a healthy, flavorful meal, that’s keto friendly and low-carb. It’s an easy weeknight dinner option that only takes 5 minutes to prepare and cooks in just 30 minutes.
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  1. Simple Stuffed Zucchini Boats
  2. Why We Love This Recipe
  3. Ingredients/Shopping List
  4. How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe
  5. Variations / Options / Add-ins
  6. How to Store Leftover Zucchini Boats
  7. Other Easy Low-Carb Recipes
  8. Zucchini Boats Recipe

These Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a healthy, flavorful meal, that’s keto friendly and low-carb. It’s an easy weeknight dinner option that only takes 5 minutes to prepare and cooks in just 30 minutes.

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Simple Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I absolutely love zucchini. It has to be one of the most versatile vegetables out there! It can be found in rice form, noodle form, served as fries, and now as boats! 

These Zucchini Boats are so easy to make and it’s a great way for me to sneak more veggies into my family’s life. They love that they get to eat a “boat” and because it’s smothered in a zesty pasta sauce and melted cheese, they don’t even notice that it’s a vegetable! I love it because it’s ready in under 30 minutes and totally diet-friendly and low-carb. Everyone wins!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Quick prep and cook time
  • Healthy dinner option
  • Keto & diet-friendly
  • Low carb dinner
  • Easy to double this recipe for a bigger group
  • All in one meal, no need to make side dishes
  • Kid-approved (great way to get them to enjoy veggies)
zucchini boats on a plate

Ingredients/Shopping List

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1½ cups pasta sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 3 zucchini
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe

This recipe is so simple to put together quickly. The prep time takes only 5 minutes. Then, just pop it in the oven and let it bake for 30-35 minutes. 

Melt butter and add onion and garlic to cook.

onion and garlic on a pan

Cook chicken in the pan.

adding chicken in the pan

Add pasta sauce to simmer.

add sauce into the pan

Add mozzarella cheese and stir. Remove from heat.

add cheese into the pan

Cut the zucchini down the middle lengthways and scoop out the insides to make a boat.
Pro-Tip: When scooping out the inside of the zucchini to make your boat, be sure that you scoop deep enough to hold the filling! Otherwise your ingredients will be spilling out all over the place.

Cut the zucchini down the middle lengthways and scoop out the insides to make a boat

Spoon the chicken mixture into each boat.

Spoon the chicken mixture into each boat

Top with parmesan.

cheese on top of the zucchini

Place in a baking dish and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve immediately!
Pro-Tip: If you don’t like the zucchini to be too soft and prefer your it to have a bit of a crunch, take 5 minutes off the cooking time. Alternatively, if you like it softer, you can add 5 minutes to the cooking time.

baked zucchini boats

Variations / Options / Add-ins

  • GROUND CHICKEN: You could use ground chicken instead of breasts.
  • GROUND BEEF & TURKEY: You could also substitute the chicken for ground beef or ground turkey in this recipe.
  • PASTA SAUCE: You can totally change up the pasta sauce in this recipe! There are so many different types of red sauce that have added ingredients and flavors.
  • VEGETARIAN: While I haven’t tried it, this recipe is fairly easy to make as a vegetarian option. You can use a mixture of eggs, breadcrumbs, and parmesan to make your filling, or simply swap out the meat for a mixture of veggies like mushrooms, onion, and tomato!

How to Store Leftover Zucchini Boats

Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The chicken sauce could also be made in advance and frozen for up to 3 months. Zucchini is not very good frozen, it becomes mushy when you try to thaw it. So, it’s best to buy it fresh for this recipe.

stuffed zucchini boats on the plate

Other Easy Low-Carb Recipes

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese | Chaffle| Whole Roasted Cauliflower Head | Sheet Pan Stir Fry | Simply the Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust | Easy Vegetable Chowder | Cauliflower Fried Rice | Cloud Bread | Zucchini Noodles | Stuffed Celery | Zucchini Fritters

5 from 2 votes
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Zucchini Boats

Serves — 3
Zucchini boats are a healthy, flavorful meal, that’s keto friendly and low-carb. It’s an easy weeknight dinner option that only takes 5 minutes to prepare and cooks in just 30 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 38 mins
Total Time 43 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb chicken breasts chopped into small pieces
  • cups pasta sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 3 zucchini sliced in half lengthways
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
  • Melt butter in a skillet and add chopped onion. Cook until translucent.
  • Add garlic and cook a further 2 minutes.
  • Add Chicken and brown on all sides. Add Pasta sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add Mozzarella cheese, stir into sauce and remove from heat.
  • Cut Zucchini down the middle lengthways.
  • Use a spoon (or melon ball tool) to remove the inside. Scoop out to create little boats.
  • Place facing up in a baking dish and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the chicken mixture into each boat and top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 1636mg | Potassium: 1579mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1710IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 649mg | Iron: 3mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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