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Cheesy BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Delicious, low carb BBQ chicken stuffed zucchini boats topped with melted cheddar cheese. These flavorful, easy  zucchini boats are a great way to use leftover chicken and make the perfect weeknight dinner. Options to add your favorite flavors or even make them vegetarian!

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, Nut Free, Poultry
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq chicken stuffed zucchini, bbq chicken stuffed zucchini boats, healthy chicken stuffed zucchini boats, low carb chicken stuffed zucchini boats
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 398 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • Olive oil, for greasing pan
  • 4 medium zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise (look for zucchini that is similar in size)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound (about 2 1/2 cups) cooked shredded chicken breast (can also be from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 cup low sugar bbq sauce, divided (I like Stubb’s Spicy BBQ Sauce), plus more if you like it extra saucy
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • To garnish:
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch pan with olive oil.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5.  Transfer to a large bowl then stir in shredded chicken, 1/2 cup bbq sauce and ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. 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.
  7. Cover with foil, and bake for 35-45 minutes or until cheese has melted and zucchini is tender. 
  8. Once done, sprinkle the tops with cilantro and green onion before serving. Serves 4; 2 boats per person.

Recipe Notes

*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!

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving (2 zucchini boats)
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 154
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.1g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Carbohydrates 24.9g8%
Fiber 3.9g16%
Sugar 12.1g13%
Protein 35.8g72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.