Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Zucchini Boats

Happy hump day!

I’ve got a great recipe for you all today but first can we just talk about something? About how much I am in love with this stuff:

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It’s so good and good for you! I first steeped it in about 3/4 a cup hot water and then filled the rest of my glass with cold water and ice. Best iced tea I’ve had in a while. And they have these cute quotes attached to each tea bag too!

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Now, lets get to today’s recipe! I’ve seen zucchini boats all over the Internet lately and have been wanting to try them. I bought these giant zucchini from my local farmers market and they are perfect for something like that! So I decided to combine a few things and this recipe is what popped out! Buffalo chicken quinoa zucchini boats!

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Zucchini Boats

Ingredients:

2-3 zucchini’s
1 chicken breast
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 tbsp chives
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup cooked quinoa

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Preheat the oven to 400•F. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. (I got this big bag of quinoa from BJ’s for like $3-$4 and its lasted me forever!) Bring a large pot of water to boil.

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While you’re waiting for the water to boil, season chicken with salt and pepper and sauté until no longer pink. (I used 4 chicken tenders instead of a breast because it was what I had on hand)

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Cut your zucchini’s in half length wise. Cut it so the curve is facing up so that the halves will lie flat.

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Place the halves in the boing water for 1-2 minutes just to soften them up a little bit.

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When the chicken and zucchini are done, put them to the side to cool.

Next, in a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, yogurt, and hot sauce.

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Add the blue cheese, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the quinoa.

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And lastly, dice up the chicken and add to the bowl along with the carrots, celery, and chives. Stir until well mixed so you get a little of everything in every bite!

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Now back to the zucchini. Using a spoon, scoop out the insides to form a boat shape ( I was able to carve the inside out in strips so I got some great zucchini noodles out of this recipe too!!)

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Put them in a 9×13 pan.

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Fill with the filling!! I sprinkled some extra hot sauce on top and the put the remaining mozzarella cheese on top.

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Put in the oven uncovered for 20 minutes until the cheese is all melted and just starting to brown.

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Mmmmm soo good!! Let it set up for a hot second…

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Then dig in!!!

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Hope your guys enjoy this recipe!! Next time I make it I think I’m going to try some toasted Panko breadcrumbs on top!!

Question of the day:

What’s your favorite kind of tea?

~Amber