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BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats

  • Author: Nancylynn
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Weeknight dinner is a breeze with these delicious BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats! Tender zucchini boats are stuffed to the brim with juicy shredded chicken, tangy BBQ sauce, melty cheddar cheese, and savory red onions. Freezer friendly and perfect for meal prepping, this zucchini recipe is a dream boat!


  • 2 large zucchini 
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • ¼ tsp salt + an extra dash for zucchini
  • 1 pound of shredded or diced chicken 
  • ¾ (ish) cup homemade BBQ sauce (you can sub store bought low sugar BBQ sauce)
  •   cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided (you can double this if you have extra blue)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • dash of black pepper (optional)
  • ¼ of a red onion, diced or sliced (optional)
  • garnish – just a couple sliced or diced jalapenos, green onion, and/or cilantro


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Slice each zucchini in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the zucchini seeds and pulp to create a boat.  Save the pulp and freeze – then sneak them into your kids smoothies!
  2. Line up your zucchinis onto a baking sheet, or in a casserole dish – I like to line my baking sheet with parchment paper.  Spray the zucchini with olive oil spray, then sprinkle boats with a little salt.   Pre-cook zucchini in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the flesh starts to get tender.  If you find that any moisture is collecting at the bottom of the boats, just blot carefully with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel.
  3. Mix chicken, spices, ⅓ cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and ½ cup of BBQ sauce in a medium bowl.
  4. Divide chicken mixture into zucchini boats, then top with a sprinkle of red onion, additional 1-2 Tbsp BBQ sauce and 1 1/2 Tbsp of shredded sharp cheddar cheese on each boat.
  5. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the filling gets bubbly, the cheese starts to brown and the zucchini is fork tender. I like to broil for the last minute or so to get the cheese topping extra crispy!  Garnish with sliced jalapeno, green onion, and/or cilantro (if desired). Enjoy!


Makes 4 servings

21 Day Fix:  1 RED, 1 GREEN, 1/2 BLUE (you might need to count sweetener teaspoons for your BBQ sauce) per zucchini half

WW link for personal points: BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats


  • Serving Size: 1 boat

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