Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

By Rena Awada |

Healthy, flavor-packed Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats are packed with chicken, enchilada sauce, and layers of shredded cheese. Stuffed zucchini is easy to make, super tasty, and perfect for using up garden-fresh zucchini!

Zucchini halved and filled with chicken and cheese.

If you’ve never had zucchini boats before, you’re in for a real treat. These Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats happen to be our seventh recipe for zucchini boats on the site! Try these Low Carb Pizza Zucchini Boats and WOW get ready to fall in love.

This new recipe includes a delicious enchilada chicken filling, Mexican blend cheese, juicy tomatoes, and fresh cilantro. Overall, this dish is pretty simple to make and OMG, it’ll make you WANT to eat zucchini. Maybe even two. I think it may have something to do with all that melty cheese!

Why we love this recipe

  • Easy: This stuffed zucchini recipe is so simple to throw together! All you have to do is prep the zucchini, make the filling, bake, and then top with fresh tomatoes and cilantro and serve! It’s super easy!
  • Healthy: These low-carb Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats use nutrient-rich zucchini instead of tortillas. They are the perfect way to add extra vegetables to your diet!
  • Family-friendly: Call these zucchini boats and let the kiddos pick them up and eat them with their hands! They won’t even notice that they’re eating a meal loaded with vegetable goodness.
  • Delicious: This flavor profile is a crowd-pleaser! And with this twist on enchiladas, you will be satisfied without going overboard on the carbs.
Zucchini halves stuffed with chicken, cheese and tomatoes.

Ingredients needed

You don’t need much to make these zucchini boats. Zucchini (of course), the filling, and some toppings all come together to create a tasty dinner! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Zucchini: The star of this recipe! We especially love using this veggie because it’s like a blank canvas that takes on savory flavors without really adding any of its own. You can sub with yellow squash if desired.
  • Chicken: Feel free to cook your chicken however you want before shredding it, or even use a rotisserie chicken.
  • Enchilada sauce: For that classic enchilada flavor, it adds spice, moisture, and seasoning with very little effort!
  • Cheese: Can’t go wrong with gooey cheese and we love a Mexican blend cheese in this recipe. Feel free to sub with cheddar cheese or even a dairy-free cheese.
  • Toppings: Chopped tomatoes and fresh cilantro add color and fresh flavor. Other great topping options are hot sauce, plain Greek yogurt, and/or guacamole.
Ingredients needed for zucchini boats divided into portions.

How to make this recipe

Making stuffed zucchini boats is really easy! There are only two main components to zucchini boats: the zucchini and the stuffing. Here’s a quick rundown of the process, but for full instructions, reference the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 400°F and spray cooking spray in a large rectangle dish that fits all the halved zucchini without overlapping.
  • Prepare the zucchini: Use a teaspoon to scoop out some of the zucchini flesh, leaving a 1/4” rim to create the boats that will hold your filling. Lay the prepared zucchini into the dish and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Scooped out zucchini.
  • Make the filling: Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the chicken, enchilada sauce, and half of the cheese blend.
  • Stuff the zucchini: Once the zucchini are done roasting, stuff with the enchilada chicken, and then sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Filling zucchini halves with shredded chicken.
  • Cook and enjoy: Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Top with chopped tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and any other desired toppings.

Tips for Success

Here are some tips to make sure your zucchini dish is incredible every single time!

  • Use similar-sized zucchini: For even baking, it’s best if all of the zucchini are the same size and medium zucchini will fit best in the dish.
  • Scooping the zucchini: Be careful not to scoop your zucchini halves too deep. Leave about a 1/4-inch rim. If you go too deep, the filling may fall out of the bottom once the zucchini boats have cooked.
  • Use the pulp: We love to save the scooped-out zucchini pulp for smoothies. It’s nutritious and you can’t even taste it! Transfer the pulp to a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze. Add it to smoothies when you want a nutritional boost. No need to thaw!
  • Pre-cook zucchini: Don’t forget to roast the zucchini halves for about 10 minutes before adding the filling. This will ensure your zucchini boats turn out nice and tender.
top view of zucchini boats topped with tomatoes on a white plate

Frequently asked questions

Are zucchini boats healthy?

Zucchini is packed with nutrients and is low calorie, low in carbohydrates, and high in fiber. Adding a healthy filling and topping, like high-protein chicken and fresh tomatoes makes for a great well-balanced meal!

Can you eat the skin?

You can definitely eat the skin on zucchini! We just recommend washing and drying the zucchini before starting the recipe. The skin actually has a variety of nutritional benefits!

What to serve with Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats?

These are plenty satisfying on their own, but you can also serve them with a variety of side dishes. We love them served with cilantro lime cauliflower rice and beans! You could also whip up a simple green salad. Just toss mixed greens with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Feel free to add toppings to your salad such as red onion, cherry tomatoes, and croutons.

side shot of zucchini boats stuffed with shredded chicken and topped with tomatoes

Storing, reheating, and freezing

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. The flavors intensify over time and these taste even better the next day, making them great for meal prep!
  • Reheat in the microwave or in the oven until heated through. 
  • Freeze: Yes, you can absolutely freeze these enchilada zucchini boats! Freeze them on a flat surface like a baking tray until they are firm, and then transfer them to an airtight container and freeze them for up to 4 months.
Zucchini halves stuffed with chicken, cheese and tomatoes.

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Zucchini boats served on a baking pan.

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top view zucchini boats topped with chopped tomatoes

Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Healthy, flavor-packed Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats are packed with chicken, enchilada sauce and layers of shredded cheese. Stuffed zucchini is easy to make, super tasty and perfect for using up garden fresh zucchini!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, tex mex
Diet: Low Calorie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini sliced in half lengthways
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced grape or Roma tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF and get a large rectangle dish that fits all the halved zucchini without overlapping. Spray with cooking oil spray.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop out some of the zucchini flesh, leaving a 1/4” rim to create the boats that will hold your filling. Lay the prepared zucchini into the dish and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the chicken, enchilada sauce and half of the cheese blend.
  • Once the zucchini are done roasting, stuff with the enchilada chicken, and then sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Top with chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

Notes

  • The serving size is one-half of a zucchini/one zucchini boat.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. The flavors intensify over time and these taste even better the next day, making them great for meal prep!
  • Reheat in the microwave or in the oven until heated through. 
  • Freeze: Yes, you can absolutely freeze these enchilada zucchini boats! Freeze them on a flat surface like a baking tray until they are firm, and then transfer them to an airtight container and freeze them for up to 4 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1757mg | Potassium: 756mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1436IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 525mg | Iron: 2mg
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