Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Last updated on December 14th, 2021

These Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats are a tasty way to use up all of that fresh zucchini from your garden. They’re also a fantastic way of using up any leftover rotisserie chicken you may have left over, sitting in your refrigerator.

Tips & Tricks for making Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Ingredients:

  • zucchini or yellow summer squash
  • leftover rotisserie chicken breast
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • tabasco sauce
  • cayenne pepper
  • green onions
  • fresh dill
  • garlic powder
  • ground black pepper
  • cheddar cheese

When it comes to zucchini dishes, I typically use summer (yellow) squash and zucchini interchangeably as they have a complimentary taste, texture and flavor profile. The cream cheese gives the filling a richness and the sour cream a tanginess that I love. However, feel free to leave out or skip either one of those if that is too rich for you. The rest of the ingredients are a matter of taste, and some may like these spicy boats a little bit spicier than others, so feel free to bump up the spice if you can handle it.

air fryer buffalo chicken zucchini boat ingredients

Prepare air fryer by preheating air fryer to 400°. Spray air fryer basket with vegetable oil -based cooking spray.

cut zucchini in half

Rinse zucchini well; trim ends and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds from middle part of zucchini – fleshy bits, using a melon baller or a small spoon. Discard.


Arrange zucchini shells in the air fryer basket and cook for 3 – 5 minutes, or until zucchini just begins to soften. Remove from basket promptly to cool while preparing filling.

cook zucchini shells

In a medium-sized bowl, combine chicken breast, cream cheese, sour cream, tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, green onions, dill, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well.

Spoon filling liberally into the zucchini shells. If needed, hold zucchini in one hand and pinch the sides while filling using the other hand to make work easier.

Scoop filling into zucchini shells

Fill the zucchini boats with the leftover rotisserie chicken mixture until they are piled high.

zucchini shells filled with mixture

Carefully sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top, pressing the cheese into the meat mixture slightly with the back of a spoon just enough so that it doesn’t easily fall off.

air fryer buffalo chicken zucchini boats with cheese

Cook in air fryer for 4 – 6 minutes or until hot and zucchini is crispy.

air fryer buffalo chicken zucchini boats  being cooked

Sprinkle with additional tabasco sauce and cheddar cheese if desired. Optionally, you can add ranch dressing if you’d like

Serve immediately.

air fryer buffalo chicken zucchini boats on plate

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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Course: Appetizer & Snack Recipes, Lunch & Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 321kcal
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Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • melon baller

Ingredients

  • 2 green or yellow zucchini (or more)
  • 1-1 1/2 cup cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare air fryer by preheating air fryer to 400°. Spray air fryer basket with vegetable oil -based cooking spray.
  • Rinse zucchini well; trim ends and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds from middle part of zucchini – fleshy bits, using a melon baller or a small spoon. Discard.
  • Arrange zucchini shells in the air fryer basket and cook for 3 – 5 minutes, or until zucchini just begins to soften. Remove from basket promptly to cool while preparing filling.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine chicken breast, cream cheese, sour cream, tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, green onions, dill, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well.
  • Spoon filling liberally into the zucchini shells and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • Cook in air fryer for 4 – 6 minutes or until hot and zucchini is crispy.
  • Sprinkle with additional tabasco sauce and cheddar cheese if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1503IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 1mg
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