Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats | Inspired by Charm

I’m fairly certain that 90% of the recipes here on IBC involve dessert or buffalo chicken. I can’t help what I love. It’s a problem.

Anyway, I hope you won’t be mad for long because these Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats are bangin’! If you like buffalo chicken and want to find a way to get more veggies in your diet, look no further. Also, with a couple substitutions (light dressing and low-fat cheese), this recipe can be fairly healthy. I opted for the full-fat version, however, because that’s how I roll.

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats | Inspired by Charm

This recipe is my brainchild after seeing lots of zucchini boat recipes on Pinterest. It’s a quick and easy meal that will certainly satisfy.

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats | Inspired by Charm

The recipe starts off with cooked chicken breast. My favorite way to cook chicken is to put it in a sheet pan and sprinkle it with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. I bake it at 300 degrees F until it’s cooked through. This keeps the meat nice and moist. Depending on the size of the breast, it will take about 20 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats | Inspired by Charm

While the chicken is baking, slice your zucchinis in half lengthwise and hollow out each half with a melon baller. You’ll want to save about 1/2 cup of the zucchini for your filling.

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats | Inspired by Charm

Once the chicken is cooled and cut up and the zucchinis are prepped, you’re ready to mix everything together and bake!

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats | Inspired by Charm

For the filling, I used blue cheese dressing. I also added some blue cheese crumbles. If you don’t care for blue cheese, what’s wrong with you? Ha! Just kidding. If you prefer, use ranch dressing and omit the crumbles.

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats | Inspired by Charm

Also, I used celery and carrots in my filling as they go really well with buffalo chicken. However, if you have something else on hand, use that. You could even use a bell pepper or tomato for your “boat” if zucchini isn’t your thing.

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats | Inspired by Charm

Other than that, you’re good to go. The recipe is below so you can whip up a batch of the Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats in your own kitchen. Hope you enjoy them!

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Here's what you'll need:

2 zucchinis
1 pound cooked chicken, diced
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 carrot, shredded
1 rib of celery, diced
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (optional)
3 tablespoons buffalo sauce
3 tablespoons blue cheese (or ranch) dressing

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil. Set aside.

Cut each zucchini in half horizontally. Then with a melon baller (or spoon) carefully scoop out the center of the zucchini. Reserve 1/2 cup of the center and dice it up for your filling.

In a bowl, mix together chicken, flour, salt, pepper, carrot, celery, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, blue cheese crumbles (optional), buffalo sauce and dressing.

Place zucchini, hollow side up, on the prepared baking sheet. Fill the boats with your buffalo chicken filling. The filling should be heaping. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the zucchini have achieved desired softness.

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MORE BUFFALO CHICKEN DISHES:

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit’l Smokies
Buffalo Cheese Ball
Blue Cheese-Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs

Comments

  • Gabby at

    I live off of chicken and desert too, well, I eat chicken so I can eat desert and feel less guilty. These look amazing!

  • Claire @ A Little Claireification at

    Ok, I love ANYTHING with buffalo chicken and must have these ASAP. And YES!! Always Bleu Cheese, not ranch!! LOL Pinned!

  • Jordan@the2seasons at

    Wow these look amazing. Off to pin this and make next week one night!

  • Dawn Rene at

    You crack me up! Love you, love your recipes and I can see we are going to be BFF’s (whether you like it or not!) Can you move to the A-T-L? Oh and I am in agreement with Claireification…Bleu Cheese.

  • amanda at

    this looks SO GOOD!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’ll love them Kim!

      xo Michael

  • Mandy at

    I made this dish last night and my husband and I loved it. He said, “I wasn’t going to say anything, but I didn’t think mixing buffalo chicken with zucchini was a good idea…Turns out it’s awesome!”

  • JoEllen at

    I made these for my family this week (you can’t have too many good zucchini recipes this time of year) and my non-veggie eating husband gobbled them right up! The buffalo sauce was a bit spicy for my kiddos, but I will definitely be hanging on to this recipe!! It was a great way to use up some leftover chicken and some of those zucchini that are multiplying out in the garden. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  • eloise at

    just needed to report back and tell you that i tried this recipe, and it was one of the most well-received dishes i’ve ever made! a friend who “hates” zucchini had no problem scarfing two boats down. it’s such a wonderful dish, and i will definitely be keeping in my repertoire! thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂

  • Cheri at

    My husband and I have recently become fans of all the “Buffalo” recipes. This looked like an amazing way to use up leftover chicken and zucchini I just bought from the farmers market. Turned out it was just that … AMAZING!!! Thank you so much Michael for posting this to Pinterest. It is now among our favorite recipes!!!

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