Tuesday, October 25, 2016

{Recipe Files}:Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

You guys ready for another delicious and pretty healthy recipe?
My friend Trish told me about buffalo chicken zucchini boats and I was all over trying them--luckily I did and they were a HUGE hit in our house!
What You Need:
~2 large zucchini
~1 can chicken breast, drained (or 1 lb chicken shredded)
~2 Tbsp flour
~1/2 tsp pepper (original recipe called for 1/2 tsp salt, but I dont think you need it)
~1 carrot, shredded (I used a few baby carrots and my food processor)
~1 rib of celery, diced (I left this out since I didn't have it)
~3/4 C shredded cheddar cheese, divided
~3 Tbsp buffalo sauce
~3 tbsp ranch or blue cheese dressing
*Optional: 1/4 C blue cheese crumbles (I left this off, but they would be delicious)

What You Do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350F then line a baking sheet with foil (and spray) or a baking mat (no spray needed). 

2. While the oven is heating up, cut your zucchini in half lengthwise, then using a melon baller or a spoon, scoop out the middle of each half. I left a little bit of a lip at both ends so it would help hold the filling in on either side. (I had a grapefruit spoon which really helped). Reserve about 1/2 cup of the scraped portion for the filling.

3. In a bowl, mix the chicken (make sure there are no chunks if using the canned chicken breast), flour, pepper (and salt if using), carrot, celery, the 1/2 C of zucchini filling, 1/2 C cheddar cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch/blue cheese dressing and the blue cheese crumbles, if you're using them.

4. Place the zucchini with the scraped side up, and fill each boat with the mixture. It's ok if these are heaping (this makes a lot). Top with the remaining cheddar cheese.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes and enjoy!
We had ours with an extra side of the blue cheese dressing and it was delicious! They were also still good as leftovers the next day!

19 comments:

  1. I've done zucchini boats but never with chicken; what a brilliant idea! These look fantastic, filling and husband approved!!! YUM!!

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  2. My husband would be all over this! And it's a good way to sneak in a vegetable haha! Love this idea!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  3. stop it right now. i love anything buffalo chicken and this is a great way to eat it. and i mean, presentation too :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  4. Jenn-
    I love zucchini boats! The buffalo chicken is a fun twist to the Italian version!
    Thanks
    Michelle

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  5. You always post the yummiest looking recipes! Buffalo chicken anything is just plain delicious, but adding the zucchini makes it healthier, win-win!

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  6. Lord have mercy! These look delicious! And totally healthy because zucchini right?! :) XOXO, R

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  7. these seriously look amazing, KC would LOVE them. i know i have seen buffalo cauliflower, so i might try these with half cauli for me and chicken for KC.

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  8. This looks wonderful and would definitely fit in with my way of eating!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh wow - best way ever to sneak in some veggies! This looks so delectable!!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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  10. Oh my goodness, I love anything with a zucchini boat! This is really unique, too! I'll have to try them!

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  11. Super fun way to eat veggies! Yum!

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  12. OMG this is amazing! I make zucchini boats and I love buffalo chicken! I will be amkign this and linking back to you when I blog about it!

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  13. These look so good. I don't know if my husband would go for it, so I may have to make it on his next work trip.

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  14. I have never even thought to try buffalo chicken in zucchini boats!! Although I love zucchini boats, lol. Thanks for the recipe friend. I'm saving this one! <3

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  15. I love the zucchini boats. I didn't do them enough this summer when zucchini was fresh!

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  16. This is a great way to get in veggies in a delicious way! This looks yummy!

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  17. Delicious! I haven't had buffalo chicken dip in a while and I love how you can turn it into a meal with zucchini boats. Ok now I'm craving this and luckily I have some canned chicken so I know what I'm making this week ;-)

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