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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Before I started this new diet I could eat protein and some veggies.  One of the veggies on the ok list was Zucchini.  (Now this new diet is no veggies - If it moves I can it eat ... lol.  It's by a doc so don't worry).  So back to this yummy dish, I found it on my favorite website Skinny Taste for Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats.   Now I loved this one, the boys were on the fence post, they liked the insides but they couldn't get beyond the zucchini's ... lol.  And Rick well let's just say as soon as I said zucchini he decided he was not having dinner.  Hey I loved it which made for left overs for me!


For the enchilada sauce:
  • olive oil spray  (I used my Misto)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 or 2 tbsp chipotle chile in adobo sauce, more if you like it spicy
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2/3 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

For the zucchini boats:
  • 4 (about 32 oz total) medium zucchini
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 8 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 3 tbsp water or fat free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Topping:
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar
  • chopped scallions and cilantro for garnish

For the enchilada sauce: In a medium saucepan, spray oil and sauté garlic. Addchipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Zucchini Boats: Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Preheat oven to 400°. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and using a small spoon or melon baller, scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4" thick. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside.

Drop the zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute; remove from water.

In a large saute pan, heat oil and add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook on medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add chopped zucchini and cilantro; season with salt and pepper and cook about 4 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano, chili powder, water, and tomato paste and cook a few more minutes, thenadd in chicken; mix and cook 3 more minutes.

Place 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a large (or 2 small) baking dish, and place zucchini halves cut side up. Using a spoon, fill each hollowed zucchini with 1/3 cup chicken mixture, pressing firmly.

Top each with 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce, and 1 1/2 tablespoons each of shredded cheese. 

Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through. 

Top with scallions and cilantro for garnish and serve with low fat sour cream if desired.

Now her's turned out so much more prettier then mine.  I put the cheese on half of it (since I couldn't have cheese on my diet) so it made it look not as pretty.

Hope you enjoy!  Have a wonderful day!

What is on your menu tonight?


  1. Now, I think these sound fabulous, but no one else in my house would eat these.....sigh.

  2. I've noticed in your past couple posts we share some favorite websites ... I pin nearly every recipe from Skinnytaste (lol) & love A Year of Slow Cooking too (she posted some really tasty looking slow cooker "Super Bowl Food" yesterday! :))
    Looks like there are always plenty of tasty eats to be found on your table! Gotta go now...I'm suddenly very hungry! ;)

  3. Love how healthy these look. I think I am going to try them eventually... that is when I can stay home long enough.

  4. That looks delicious! I see you found a way for the Pinterest button to show up on blogger!! Do you mind letting me know what you used so I can pass this along to others?

  5. Yeah, those pesky vegetables are hard to deal kids (and I) are the same way. I'll eat zucchini, but only when I have an abundance coming from the garden and don't want to waste it! I'm curious about this new diet...

  6. Wow, that looks awesome & flavorful! Thanks for visiting and for the sweet comments. Now following you, would love if you could follow me back :)

  7. Look at your all first to link up!! This looks YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!


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