Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats are the perfect low carb dinner that can satisfy everyone. The boats are full of flavor, healthy, and quite easy to prepare. With some ground chicken, bacon, ranch seasoning, and cheese you can enjoy a delicious and crisp, tender meal.

We love utilizing zucchini in our dishes. They are healthy, low carb, nutritious, and ideal for the Keto diet. If you enjoy zucchini dishes as much as we do, we recommend trying the Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boats or Zucchini Lasagna.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats

Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats

Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats are great as a main meal if you are looking for a low carb dish. We usually eat the boats as is, but they can also go as a side dish or appetizer. Most people don’t even realize that zucchinis are some of the best low carb veggies you can have.

Due to their benefits, we try to use them as much as possible. In addition, you can always find them in stores, so they can pretty much be used year-round.

By all means, this recipe is very easy to make. Simply, carve out the zucchini boats with a spoon, and then fill them with the chicken mixture. If you end up with an extra filling, save for later in the fridge. The filling can be used in a stir fry or with some spaghetti with some marinara sauce. These zucchini boats also store well and can be reheated for lunch or dinner the following day.

Is Zucchini good for the keto diet?

Zucchini is perfect to consume on a keto diet. It is one of those veggies that are very low in carbs at only 3 grams net carbs per cup. In addition, it has a good source of vitamin C and can lower blood sugar levels, or help with weight loss.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats

What do you need for Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats?

  • Zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • Ground chicken
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Ranch seasoning
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats?

Follow the steps below. Also, feel free to watch the recipe video tutorial attached. 

  1. First, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise.
  2. Then, using a teaspoon, scoop out the flesh, leaving a bit at the top and bottom to create a front and end of the boat. Do this carefully so you don’t rip the zucchini. Should leave about 1/4 inch size shells
  3. Fill the zucchini boats with the chicken mixture.
  4. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 25-30 minutes.
  5. To make sure the zucchini is cooked all the way, I cover the pan with foil for the first half of baking. Then after about 15 minutes mark, I uncover and sprinkle with more cheddar cheese.

HOW TO STUFF ZUCCHINI BOATS?

  • First, rinse the zucchini.
  • Then, with a sharp knife cut them in half lengthwise.
  • You can use the avocado cutting method, to cut and scoop out the seeds, and some of the flesh.
  • Make sure when you scoop out the zucchini to have enough left for the boat. Leave about 1/4 inch size shells.
  • With a spoon, fill the zucchini shells with meat mixture.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats

AT WHAT TEMPERATURE DO YOU BAKE THE ZUCCHINI BOATS?

It is important to bake the zucchini boats at the right temperature. Make sure the oven is preheated to 400°F. If you are setting the temperature lower, the baking time should increase.

However, it is not recommended to cook the zucchini boats at a higher temperature than 400°F. We bake our boats at 400 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

CAN I FREEZE Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats?

  • The zucchini boats freeze well. We recommend using an airtight container or a zip bag when freezing.
  • Then, store in the freezer for up to three months.
  • When ready to serve, reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes.

Watch Recipe step by step video:

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 zucchini boats
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 4  medium zucchini  (cut in half lengthwise)
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 1 lb  ground chicken 
  • 1  small onion  (diced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1/2  red bell pepper  (diced)
  •  Flesh from 2 zucchini 
  • 1 1oz package  Ranch Dressing mix 
  • 1 1/2 cups  canned diced tomatoes 
  • 1 cup  Cheddar cheese  (shredded)
  • 8 slices  bacon  (cooked and chopped)

Instructions

  1. Cut the zucchini in half and using a small spoon, hollow out the center out of the halves, leaving 1/4 inch thick shell on each half, to create zucchini boats. Keep only the flesh from two zucchini and discard the rest.
  2. Squeeze excess water out of the flesh and chop well. Set aside.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and once the oil is hot add ground chicken. Using a wooden spoon, break it up while it cooks. Cook until no longer pink and push to one side of the pan.
  4. Add diced onion, garlic, diced bell pepper, chopped zucchini flesh and Ranch dressing mix. Stir and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add diced tomatoes. Stir well and simmer on low for about 15 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil, to avoid cheese sticking to it, and set aside.
  7. Using a spoon, scoop the chicken mixture into the hollowed zucchini boats. Divide the mixture equally and press firm to fit in as much as possible into the zucchini boats.
  8. Arrange into a baking dish and top with shredded cheese and chopped bacon.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 25-35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through. Remove foil during last 5 minutes of cooking.
Calories: 274 Carbohydrates: 9 Protein: 17 Fat: 18 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 66 Sodium: 605 Potassium: 725 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 520 Vitamin C: 32.3 Calcium: 95 Iron: 1.5
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Bryan

This could be a great recipe to try for my low carb days! I'm excited for this now haha thank you!

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Stacie

Bacon and ranch? Those sold me at the start. I can't wait to try this!

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robin rue

Those sound so yummy! What a great game day snack idea.

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Melissa Chapman

Those zucchini boats look ike a great dish to serve at any dinner party. I know these will be a great crowd pleaser.

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Kerrie Mendoza

Now this is an interesting recipe! I like zucchini, if it's made with something. This is a perfect idea for dinner!

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Amy Desrosiers

These look perfect! I would love to enjoy them because they are lower carb too-win/win!!

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Marcie W.

These look beyond delicious! We have attempted pizza zucchini boats and really enjoyed them. I know my family would love these too.

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Liz Mays

Cute! These would be so fun to make for a party. They sound really tasty!

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Kelly Stilwell

This looks so delicious! No one would say they didn't like zucchini if I was serving that! Yummy!

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Angela Ricardo Bethea

I love chicken and my husband loves bacon. So I guess it would be a better idea to do this for dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Cindy Gordon

I absolutely love zucchini boats. I've never prepared them like this before! I'm impressed with the fact that they're keto-friendly!

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Jennifer

These zucchini boats look right up my alley. I've been wanting to try to make some of these.

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