Smoked Chicken and Salsa Zucchini Boats

Smoked Chicken and Salsa Zucchini Boats

ZUCCHINI SEASON IS UPON US

Well, okay, it’s been upon us for a while now. It’s actually one of my favorite seasons. Every Summer, you can find me gorging on lightly sauteed zucchini and yellow squash like it’s going out of style. And it is! Summer squash season doesn’t last forever and I like to enjoy it while it’s here. Which is why this recipe was so incredibly appealing to me that I had to make it immediately.

Tacos? In zucchini?

YAASSSS.

Smoked Chicken and Salsa Zucchini Boats

Thank you Pinterest for your boundless inspiration. I found my base recipe at Persnickety Plates with her Zucchini Boat Turkey Tacos. They looked so delicious that I knew they would need to make a dinner appearance at least once.

Hoo boy. Her recipe is probably delicious, so I would recommend trying hers too. She also offers another way to cook the zucchini by boiling them first, but I wanted more firmness and crunch so my recipe reflects how I made them. Also, by using smoked or rotisserie chicken, you cut out all the middle steps for the stovetop and can immediately assemble the ingredients to stuff the zucchini. Easy peasy.

Note: If you use raw zucchini, they will sweat. In the picture below, you’ll see a puddle of salsa liquid. It doesn’t hurt the zucchini or the flavor or even the texture. Well, it didn’t for us. And trust me, no one cared.

Smoked Chicken and Salsa Zucchini Boats

My mom cans her own homemade salsa that I made very good use of, as well as a leftover chicken my step-dad smoked. I knew this would be a great combination even before I mixed it together. I accidentally made it a little salty by not watching what I was doing, but the filling is taste-as-you-go so just adjust it to what tastes good. It also makes a tasty base for any leftovers you want to use up! I added extra cherry tomato halves so they wouldn’t look so sad anymore.

Also, I am attempting to improve my food styling and photography skills. Because of this, I’m going to overload you of pictures because I’m just SO FREAKING PROUD of myself.

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Smoked Chicken and Salsa Zucchini Boats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Smoked Chicken and Salsa Zucchini Boats

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini or 6-ish small ones
  • 1 1/2 cup salsa
  • About 3 cups smoked or rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup (or so) shredded cheese, I used cheddar

Instructions

  1. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise then with a small spoon or paring knife, hollow out the zucchini pieces but leave ¼″ rim. Save the zucchini flesh and chop into small pieces.
  2. Pour ½ cup of salsa into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish and arrange zucchini halves into dish.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. To a mixing bowl, add in the chicken, green onion, zucchini flesh, salsa, and spices and mix until well combined. Taste and add any additional seasoning necessary.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the zucchini boats evenly. Press down so the filling stays in the boats.
  6. Top each half with cheese.
  7. Cover the pan with foil and bake for approximately 30 minutes until the zucchini is fully cooked and the cheese is melted.
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Smoked Chicken and Salsa Zucchini Boats

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Comments

  1. says

    Using cooked chicken is such a time-saver! I would gladly skip the boiling & have a slight crunch to my zucchini but my husband hates anything al dente 😉

    These look delish, your pics look great! Thanks for the shout out =)

    • Zylo says

      Thanks for the inspiration! Your recipe looked so delicious that I made this recipe the same day (no one complains when I cook because they eat it or just buy pizza!). It gave me a MAD craving. Thanks for stopping by!

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