I’m a sucker for fun shaped zucchini. I don’t know what it is about patty pans and eight ball zucchini’s but I swear they taste so much better than the typical variety. I find them to be juicier too, which I prefer. So when I see eight ball zucchini at the farmer’s market you better believe I’m bringing some home! And of course their shape is perfect for stuffing. Thank you oven worthy weather.
Nothing fancy here, just ground chicken with a little of this and a little of that. I was too lazy to pick and clean carrots out of the garden (yes I realize how lame this is), so I went with a celery stalk instead. And then just added in some flavor.. onion, garlic, garden parsley and thyme, smoked paprika, and my favorite pecorino romano. I used ground chicken for a change but ground turkey would be equally delicious. And if you don’t have eight ball zucchini available zucchini boats would substitute just fine.
Ground chicken stuffed zucchini's. Easy and fun!
- 4 small eight ball zucchini (or any zucchini)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced/pressed
- 2 fresh thyme stalks
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 cup fresh grated pecorino romano
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Slice off the tops of the zucchini. Scoop out the flesh using a melon baller leaving 1/4" thick shell. Chop the zucchini flesh and set aside.
- Heat up a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and celery. Season with s&p and cook 5 minutes.
- Add the ground chicken, garlic, and chopped zucchini. Brown meat and drain off any excess liquid.
- Stir in the parsley, thyme leaves, smoked paprika, and pecorino romano. Season again with s&p.
- Fill each squash with the chicken mixture. Press down to stuff them. You will have extra filling. Set them in a 8x8 pyrex dish and place top on each zucchini. Bake 35-45 minutes.
- Serve with extra filling.
I knew my kids wouldn't eat the zucchini shells so I made them tacos with some of the ground chicken mixture. Just an idea to share.