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Zucchini boats stuffed with gluten-free cilantro lime chicken for a healthy meal.
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Cilantro Lime Chicken Stuffed Zucchini | Paleo, Low-Carb

Cilantro Lime Chicken Stuffed Zucchini are such a fun and creative way to eat a healthy Paleo and low-carb dinner.  These zucchini boats are full of chicken, fresh lime juice, and tomatoes and can easily be a Whole30 dinner recipe!

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 447 kcal



  • 6 zucchinis cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Cilantro Lime Chicken Filling:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 c. sweet onion finely chopped
  • 1 c. bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 ½ lbs. chicken cubed
  • ¾ tsp. salt divided
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. tomatoes finely diced
  • ¼ c. cilantro finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • ¾ c. Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese*
  • Queso Fresco optional


For the Zucchini:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. After cutting zucchinis in half, scoop out insides and leave a ½-inch thick shell of zucchini.
  3. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt on the insides of the zucchini halves.
  4. Place zucchini halves face-down in a large baking dish or parchment paper-lined baking pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.

For the Cilantro Lime Chicken Filling:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat saute 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, onion, and bell pepper for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add cubed chicken, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Continue cooking over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Once chicken is done cooking, remove from heat and drain excess liquid.
  4. Add tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to taste.
  5. Flip zucchini halves over and fill each with the cilantro lime chicken mixture.
  6. Top each zucchini half with Monterrey Jack cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Serve with additional cilantro, lime juice, and queso fresco. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Use a dairy-free cheese for Paleo and Whole30 diet.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Chicken Stuffed Zucchini | Paleo, Low-Carb
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 587mg26%
Potassium 1109mg32%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 2850IU57%
Vitamin C 97.9mg119%
Calcium 287mg29%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.