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Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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These Stuffed zucchini boats are easy, Keto friendly and low carb. Stuffed with chicken, marinara and topped with cheese, they make a quick and easy meal

  • Author: Yumna Jawad
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You can call it the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Ketogenic Diet, or just plain Low-Carb Diet, I know a lot of us are trying to eat less carbs especially during the weekday. I love carbs as much as the next gal and I don’t deprive myself of it but I do try to have at least one low-carb meal during my day, usually at dinner. And that’s why you’ll see lots of low-carb recipes on my site and this newest edition: Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats!

Final plating of the stuffed zucchini boats topped with fresh basil and showing a spoon full of marinara sauce to the side

How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Essentially, you scoop out the flesh to make boats and then you stuff them! That’s the jist of it, but let’s go over it step-by-step to make sure it’s the best darn stuffed zucchini boats of your dreams! I start by cutting the zucchini in half lengthwise and scooping out the flesh or inside seeds. I like using a melon baller to do this. You can also use a regular small spoon.

What do you do with the flesh that you scoop out? I like chopping it up and adding it to stir fry or using it in an omelette. You can also throw it in soup. Definitely don’t discard it though.

Collage showing 6 zucchini halves lined up on a pan on the left. On the right is the same image but with the flesh scooped out of the zucchini boats

That zucchini will go in the oven while we cook the chicken and then mix that chicken with the marinara sauce.

Grid showing the chicken stuffing for the stuffed zucchini boats. On the left is the chicken cooked with the seasoning. On the right the marinara sauce is added.

And then – you guessed it – the chicken gets stuffed in the zucchini. After I do that, I sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and mozzarella (the combination is wonderful!) and I place it back in the oven just until the cheese melts. At this point the zucchini is already cooked, so it’s just about getting that cheese to melt for a few minutes.

Zoomed in view of the zucchini halves stuffed with the chicken mixture, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese

And before you know it, the recipe is ready to devour! Each boat is about 140 calories and loaded with 16 grams of protein! I’m usually stuffed after eating two of them. It’s a low carb, high protein and wonderfully tasting meal that is so easy to put together!

If you’ve tried this healthy-ish feel good Stuffed Zucchini Boats recipe or any other recipe on FeelGoodFoodie, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

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Final plating of the stuffed zucchini boats topped with fresh basil and showing a spoon full of marinara sauce to the side
Stuffed zucchini boats
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These Stuffed zucchini boats are easy, Keto friendly and low carb. Stuffed with chicken, marinara and topped with cheese, they make a quick and easy meal

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Stuffed Zucchini, Zucchini Boats
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 284 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
  • 3 zucchinis
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 lb. chicken breast cut into cubes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 

  2. To prepare the zucchini, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then use a spoon or melon baller to scoop the center flesh and seeds from the zucchini. Repeat for the remaining zucchini. 

  3. Place the zucchini in a baking dish or cookie sheet cut-side up and lightly coat with cooking spray. Place in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes until the zucchini cooks slightly and becomes tender.

  4. Meanwhile, to prepare the chicken, heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken along with the seasoning, salt and pepper.

  5. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Add the pasta sauce and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Scoop the chicken mixture into the zucchini boats. Top the chicken with parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Return the zucchini boats to the oven for 5 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted. 

  7. Sprinkle with fresh basil and parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Make Ahead: You can make the scoop out the flesh of the zucchini one day in advance to make the recipe quicker the day you're ready to eat it.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. If you'd like to substitute the chicken for ground chicken, turkey or even ground beef, that's totally fine.

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed zucchini boats
Amount Per Serving (2 boats)
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 848mg 35%
Potassium 1133mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 16.5%
Vitamin C 49.4%
Calcium 18.5%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Reply
    March 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Tried this tonight and we loved it. I added in the scooped zucchini with the chicken and it was great! (I was afraid I wouldn’t use it later, so tossed it in. I will cook the boats a little longer next time because mine were a little crunchy. Thanks for the great low calorie recipe. It will definitely show up on our table often.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      So glad you loved this recipe and plan to make it again! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and I think it’s a great idea to add the scooped zucchini to the chicken too. Thanks for that tip!

  • Reply
    Stephanie Smith
    February 25, 2019 at 8:04 am

    This was so good!! Will definitely make again!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      February 25, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    January 3, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    The Zucchini Boats are absolutely delicious!! My husband and I loved them! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      January 3, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      That’s so great to hear! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Reply
    October 16, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Love it

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