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Chicken Parm Stuffed Zucchini

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Chicken Parm Stuffed Zucchini combines the delicious flavors of classic chicken parmesan with a healthier twist by using zucchini boats as the base. This dish is perfect for a low-carb dinner option that doesn’t compromise on taste. Easy to prepare and packed with flavor, it’s sure to become a favorite in your household.

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Preparing the Zucchini

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  2. Prepare the Zucchini:
    • Wash the zucchini and cut them in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and some of the flesh, creating a boat-like shape. Set aside the scooped-out flesh for later use.
  3. Bake the Zucchini:
    • Place the zucchini halves cut-side up on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until slightly tender. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Preparing the Filling

  1. Cook the Chicken:
    • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground chicken, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic. Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add Marinara and Zucchini Flesh:
    • Stir in the marinara sauce and the reserved zucchini flesh. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is heated through and well combined. Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Assembling the Stuffed Zucchini

  1. Fill the Zucchini:
    • Spoon the chicken mixture evenly into the zucchini boats. Top with shredded mozzarella and grated parmesan cheese.
  2. Add Breadcrumbs:
    • Sprinkle the breadcrumbs evenly over the cheese-topped zucchini.
  3. Bake:
    • Return the stuffed zucchini to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

Serving

  1. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove the stuffed zucchini from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley if desired.

Cook’s Tips and Variations

  • Cheese Options: Feel free to experiment with different cheeses like provolone or asiago for a unique flavor.
  • Meat Substitution: Ground turkey or beef can be used instead of chicken if you prefer.
  • Extra Vegetables: Add finely chopped bell peppers, onions, or spinach to the chicken mixture for added nutrients and flavor.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if you’re following a gluten-free diet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I prepare this dish ahead of time? A: Yes, you can prepare the stuffed zucchini ahead of time. Assemble the zucchini boats and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. When ready to bake, just pop them in the preheated oven and extend the baking time by a few minutes.

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Q: How do I store leftovers? A: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through.

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Q: Can I freeze stuffed zucchini? A: Yes, you can freeze stuffed zucchini. Assemble the zucchini and freeze before baking. When ready to cook, bake them from frozen, adding additional baking time to ensure they are heated through.

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Q: What can I serve with Chicken Parm Stuffed Zucchini? A: This dish pairs well with a simple side salad, garlic bread, or a light pasta dish. For a low-carb option, serve with cauliflower rice or a mixed vegetable medley.

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Q: Can I use store-bought marinara sauce? A: Yes, store-bought marinara sauce works perfectly for this recipe. Choose your favorite brand or make your own homemade marinara sauce.

Chicken Parm Stuffed Zucchini is a delicious and healthier take on the traditional chicken parmesan. By using zucchini as a base, this dish offers a lower-carb alternative without sacrificing flavor. It’s easy to make, packed with protein, and loaded with cheesy goodness. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, this recipe is sure to delight your taste buds. Enjoy your cooking!

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Indulge in the comforting flavors of Chicken Parm Stuffed Zucchini. This easy-to-make dish is perfect for those looking to enjoy a low-carb, flavorful meal. Happy cooking!