Liz’s Kitchen: Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats Recipe
This is probably one of the quickest meals I've made it awhile and bonus, it's not bad for you! If you're looking for a quick meal for the summer this is the one for you! I know that when I had a garden zucchinis were popping out everywhere and this is a great was to do more with them that roast them up and sauté them. In about 45 minutes you can have a great meal on the table. I found this recipe at thewholesomedish.com, but I cut it half and took some liberties. Enjoy.
Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats
- 4 medium zucchini
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup pasta sauce
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Optional: sliced fresh basil for topping (I just sprinkled Italian seasoning on before putting it the oven).
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and take your zucchini and slice the ends with the stem off, then cut them in half lengthwise.
Then you'll wants to scoop out the insides to make the boat. Make sure you don't scoop out the end that you cut off completely, leave an edge. You want to make sure the mixture doesn't fall out. See picture above.
Next add a little olive oil into a pan and add your garlic. The recipe has this in a different order but I like to season the pan with it. Cook it quickly (you don't want it to bun) and then add your ground chicken. Break the chicken up while it cooks. Don't forget to season with salt and pepper.
Once the chicken is cooked bring the the temp down to low and add the sauce. Mix in and let cook for about three minutes. This is where I broke from the recipe and added some of the mozzarella cheese to chicken mixture and let melt.
Place the zucchini in a dish and scoop the mixture into each one and make sure they're in there good.
Sprinkle the parmesan and the mozzarella over the zucchinis and this is where i sprinkled a little Italian season over them too. In the future I would put the seasoning in when I was cooking the chicken. That would have developed the flavors a lot better. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
Let cool for a few minutes before you serve. Enjoy! Get the original recipe HERE.