After I made zucchini lasagna and everyone loved it, I was super eager to make another casserole using zucchini in place of heavier layer like tortillas or pasta. However zucchini + corn tortillas make delicious crustless zucchini pie.
Gigantic garden zucchini would be perfect for that. I was always amazed at a difference between store-bought perfect shape zucchini and garden giants. You could even use sliced rounds if your zucchini is huge, like I did in baked zucchini Parmesan.
I used chicken thighs but any type of chicken meat works. Ground turkey or shredded leftover turkey would be great (especially if you are reading this recipe Thanksgiving/Christmas time).
I used whole jalapeños (seeded) and it was a bit too spicy for my kids. So, use half or use whole not seeded if you can stand the heat.
Chicken Zucchini Casserole Enchiladas Style
- 24 oz tomato sauce (passata, strained or crushed tomatoes)
- 2 tsp organic taco seasoning
- 1 tsp cumin, ground
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
- 1.5 lbs chicken thighs or breasts, boneless & skinless
- 1/2 tsp organic taco seasoning
- 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 large zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/8" thick slices
- 3 tbsp quinoa, uncooked & divided
- 1 1/2 cups (6 oz) mozzarella/cheddar/pepper jack etc. cheese, shredded
- 0.5 - 1 jalapeno pepper seeded, diced (for kids version use 0.5)
- In a medium bowl, stir Enchilada Sauce ingredients and set aside.
- In another medium bowl, combine Chicken ingredients, mix with your hands and let marinate for 5 - 10 minutes while you are slicing zucchini.
- Preheat large skillet on medium heat and add chicken. Cover and cook for 10 - 12 minutes, turning once. Let cool a bit, transfer to a cutting board and shred using 2 forks.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium 8" x 11" baking dish add a few tablespoons of Enchilada Sauce, spread to coat and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of quinoa. Place sliced zucchini widthwise (cut some slices in halves to fit into the end of the dish) overlapping a bit to create a single layer. Spread half of chicken, then half of Enchilada Sauce, top with half of cheese and jalapenos, and sprinkle with 1 tbsp quinoa. Repeat another layer, finishing with a layer of zucchini and sprinkling cheese on top.
- Bake covered tightly for 45 minutes, then uncovered for another 20 minutes and broil on High for 5 minutes or until cheese has browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut into 8 slices and serve hot.