4medium zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise (look for zucchini that is similar in size)
1 1/2tablespoonsolive oil, divided
2garlic cloves, minced
½red onion, finely diced
1pound(about 2 1/2 cups) cooked shredded chicken breast (can also be from a rotisserie chicken)
1cuplow sugar bbq sauce, divided (I like Stubb’s Spicy BBQ Sauce), plus more if you like it extra saucy
1 1/4cupshredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch pan with olive oil.
Using a spoon, scoop centers from zucchini while leaving a 1/4-inch rim to create boats. (See note section for what to do with leftover zucchini pulp.) Place zucchini in the greased pan; they should snuggle pretty tightly in there, but if you can’t fit them all in, you can use two pans.
Brush zucchini with a little olive oil (about 1 tablespoon or so). You can also simply spray them with an all natural oil-only cooking spray.
Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to a medium skillet and place over medium heat. Add in onions and garlic, and saute for 3-4 minutes.
Transfer to a large bowl then stir in shredded chicken, 1/2 cup bbq sauce and ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese.
Spoon bbq chicken mixture evenly into zucchini boats. Top each with 1 tablespoon bbq sauce (or a little extra if you’d like it more saucy) and 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese.
Cover with foil, and bake for 35-45 minutes or until cheese has melted and zucchini is tender.
Once done, sprinkle the tops with cilantro and green onion before serving. Serves 4; 2 boats per person.
*You can save the zucchini pulp for smoothies! It's nutritious and incredibly delicious. Here's what I suggest: Add zucchini pulp to a freezer safe container. Add to smoothies when you want a little nutritional or fiber boost. No need to thaw!
Cheesy BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving (2 zucchini boats)
Calories 398Calories from Fat 154
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 8g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.