Zucchini-laden chicken enchilada

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It is that time of year when everyone's gardens are exploding with zucchini.

Except mine because I have no garden. But zucchini is cheap and plentiful at the grocery store.

Instead of making traditional enchiladas, I give things a spin by emptying zucchini and stacking them with toppings instead of using enchilada wrappers or tacos.

You won't miss any carbohydrates in these healthy enchiladas that are ready in 30 minutes and explode with flavor. My family gave them a ten out of ten and asked me when I would do them again.

The enchilada sauce soaks the chicken to keep it extra moist and juicy, there's corn and red and yellow peppers for flavor and texture, and the melted cheese is my favorite part.

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Feel free to add black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, or your other favorite Mexican-inspired fixings. My ships were already fully loaded and couldn't hold any more goodies, although I was tempted to try.

Zucchini-laden chicken enchilada

Instead of making traditional enchiladas, I hollowed out the zucchini and piled them with toppings instead of using tacos. You won't miss any carbohydrates in these healthy enchiladas that are ready in 30 minutes and explode with flavor. The enchilada sauce soaks the chicken to keep it extra moist and juicy, there's corn and red and yellow peppers for flavor and texture, and the melted cheese is my favorite part. Feel free to add black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, or your other favorite Mexican-inspired fixings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium / large zucchini
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken (use store-bought roasted chicken to save time)
  • 3/4 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, diced small (I used red and yellow)
  • 1/2 cup corn (used to freeze straight from the freezer)
  • 1 Cup of grated Mexican cheese mixture
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • optionally add or garnish with black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, etc.

Addresses:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a large baking dish or 9×13-inch skillet with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Trim the zucchini ends, cut them in half lengthwise, and use a spoon to hollow out the centers to create jars, leaving a 1/8-inch margin intact. Discard the hollowed out meat (or add it to the hummus, soup, or homemade soup).
  3. Place the zucchini on a prepared plate and bake for about 20 minutes, or until soft.
  4. While the zucchini is baking, in a medium bowl add the shredded chicken, the enchilada sauce and stir to combine.
  5. Remove the zucchini from the oven and evenly distribute the chicken over the hollow part of the zucchini.
  6. Sprinkle evenly with bell peppers, corn, and cheese.
  7. Bake for about 8 minutes or until cheese melts to your liking.
  8. Sprinkle coriander evenly and optionally garnish with your choice of ingredients and serve immediately. Zucchini is warm and fresh, but will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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