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BBQ Chicken Zucchini Pizzas

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I really, like REALLY REALLY, love pizza but as I’ve stated before it’s usually a pretty heavy meal and I’m not so much a fan of that “I ate way too much!” feeling. So, I’m all about converting my favorite dishes into lighter and healthier versions. I did just that with these BBQ Chicken Zucchini Pizzas!

One of the ways I find equally as satisfying as the real thing when it comes to pizza is swapping zucchinis for the traditional pizza crust. Sure, it’s not dough, BUT, these BBQ Chicken Zucchini Pizzas are loaded with nutrients including fiber which, much like whole grains, keep you fuller longer. If prepared correctly, it can also add a perfectly tender and flavorful crunch to your meal.

Now, when it comes to topping a pizza, although the options are endless, one of my favorite mash-ups is chicken, BBQ sauce, roasted red onion, and mozzarella. It’s simple but loaded with flavors from sweet to salty to tangy. It’s the BEST summer inspired combo in my opinion!

This healthy, gluten and grain-free dish makes a great meal for even the busiest of weeknights and is perfect for meal prepping too!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Zucchini is rich in water and fiber, two compounds which can promote healthy digestion by reducing your risk of constipation and symptoms of various gut disorders. The fiber, potassium, and carotenoids in zucchini may lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and other risk factors for heart disease.

By Anna Lee

BBQ Chicken Zucchini Pizzas

  • Prep Time:10 Minutes
  • Cook Time:23 Minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

2 large zucchini

1/2 cup red onion, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups cooked + shredded chicken

1/2 cup low sugar BBQ sauce

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

1 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 teaspoon oregano

Sea salt + pepper, to taste

1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with a mat or foil and set aside.
  2. Slice the zucchinis lengthwise. Carefully core out some of the seeds/middle of each half by gently scraping with a spoon.
  3. Lay the squash halves, cut side down, along with the sliced onion onto the prepared baking sheet and place into the oven. Drizzle the veggies with the oil and bake for 15 minutes just until the zucchini begins to soften (you don’t want to overcook them or they’ll become soggy and won’t hold the toppings as well).
  4. In the meantime, combine the chicken, BBQ sauce, and fresh herbs and spices in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine.
  5. Once the squash is done remove the pan from the oven and flip the halves over so they’re now cut side facing up.
  6. Add a little chopped spinach into the cored out middle of each zucchini. Next, spoon a few tablespoons of the chicken mixture over the spinach. Then, top each with cheese and onions.
  7. Place the pan back into the oven for about 8 minutes to allow the cheese to melt and the toppings to warm through.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Preheat your oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with a mat or foil and set aside. Slice the zucchinis lengthwise. Carefully core out some of the seeds/middle of each half by gently scraping with a spoon. Lay the squash halves, cut side down, along with the sliced onion onto the prepared baking sheet and place into the oven. Drizzle the veggies with the oil and bake for 15 minutes just until the zucchini begins to soften (you don’t want to overcook them or they’ll become soggy and won’t hold the toppings as well). In the meantime, combine the chicken, BBQ sauce, and fresh herbs and spices in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Once the squash is done remove the pan from the oven and flip the halves over so they’re now cut side facing up. Add a little chopped spinach into the cored out middle of each zucchini. Next, spoon a few tablespoons of the chicken mixture over the spinach. Then, top each with cheese and onions. Place the pan back into the oven for about 8 minutes to allow the cheese to melt and the toppings to warm through. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 208; Total Fat: 14 g; Saturated Fat: 3 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 33 mg; Sodium: 334 mg; Potassium: 571 mg; Carbohydrate: 10 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 5 g; Protein: 15 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 24%; Vitamin A: 50%; Iron: 1%; Calcium: 38%;

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