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All the flavors of chicken enchiladas without the extra carbs from tortillas. These are so flavorful, perfectly filling and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.


Servings

4

Total time

40 minutes

Cuisines

Mexican

Courses

Dinner


Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken (cooked and shredded)
  • 4 zucchini (medium, (( 2 1/2 lbs ), sliced in half through length *))
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion (finely chopped, (( be sure they are chopped fine or they won't cook through )))
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1½ tsp cornstarch
  • salt
  • black pepper (freshly ground)
  • ⅔ cup frozen corn
  • 1¼ cups shredded Mexican blend cheese


Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a spoon, scoop centers from zucchini while leaving a 1/4-inch rim to create boats.
  2. Brush tops and bottoms with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and place in two baking dishes (I used a 13 by 9 and a 9 by 9). Bake in preheated oven until zucchini is nearly tender, about 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot add onion and saute 3 - 4 minutes until soft. Add garlic and saute 10 seconds longer.
  4. Remove from heat, pour in tomato sauce, ancho chili powder, chili powder, cumin and paprika. In a liquid measuring cup whisk together the water and cornstarch until well blended then pour into tomato sauce mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bring to a light boil, stirring frequently. Allow to gently boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in shredded chicken.
  6. Remove zucchini from oven and spoon chicken mixture into zucchini. Sprinkle tops with corn and then cheese blend. Return to oven and bake 5 - 10 minutes longer until cheese has melted and zucchini is tender.
  7. Serve warm topped with diced tomatoes and cilantro, and optional onion and sour cream.
  8. *Look for zucchini that is wider and more uniform in width.
  9. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
  10. View the recipe instructions at www.cookingclassy.com

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