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Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos

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Indulge in nachos with these Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos! It’s a healthy dinner idea that the kids will love just as much as the adults!

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos

Hi Sweet Basil friends! It’s Kristy here, from Boys Ahoy , just popping into to say hello and share a super easy, healthy dinner dish with you! Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos (a thing I like to call, zachos)! They are the perfect way to use up your summer squash and indulge in a slightly healthier version of nachos. Because honestly, who doesn’t love nachos?!

If you read my blog or follow me on instagram  then you know I love good food but love it even more when it’s easy (like really easy!) and healthy…or at least healthy-ish! These can be a a great game-day or party app, a quick lunch for mom (just make a smaller version), or make a giant pan for dinner for the family! Easy, cheesy, good!

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos

How to Make Zucchini Nachos

Zucchini nachos are so crazy easy to make. Even this cheesy bbq chicken zucchini nachos recipe! You just chop, throw whatever toppings on the zucchini and throw it all in the oven.

Can You Make Zucchini Nachos Ahead of Time?

You can certainly save a little time whipping up these BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos by using pre-cooked and shredded rotisserie chicken or the shredded, canned chicken from Costco. No shame in my game here- I use that stuff regularly. Did I mention I have five kids? Two six month old twins? Therefore, I take all the shortcuts in cooking I can!

It’s not a very good idea to make zucchini ahead of time as it cools quickly and turns mushy.

Also, you can keep these super simple with just the chicken, cheese and blue cheese or you can load them up with even more toppings!

Toppings for Nachos

Maybe you want to add a little avocado, tomato, or BACON! We keep them pretty basic so our kids are more likely to eat them. But again, you could also just whip up a couple of different batches to everyone’s likings!

If you’re worried about the kids not really loving these nachos, you can first try cooking a portion of the zucchini with just a little bit of cheese on them, and serve the bbq chicken separately for the kids. Or, these can be an adults only nacho party and you can make the kids their own version with regular tortilla chips!

Tip: Try making these nachos with our Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce!

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos

Can Zucchini Be Frozen?

This looks like such a simple meal to slice up, freeze and throw in the oven at any time, however it really doesn’t freeze well. There’s too much water in squash to freeze it unless it’s a butternut squash or shredded zucchini, but even then it gets a little crazy to try because of all that water.

Alright, now tell me are you guys doing with your summer zucchini? Will you dish your favorite recipes ’cause I’m on a zucchini kick!

Zucchini RECIPES

Looking for more marinade recipes? A good marinade is one of my favorite things, so make sure you try Coconut Oil Double Chocolate Zucchini CookiesChocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies,  Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Muffins or Sticky Japanese Chicken Wings with Zucchini Chips.

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos

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A cookie sheet with parchment paper topped with sliced zucchini, bbq chicken, cheese and sauce for the best bbq chicken zucchini nachos ever!

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos

4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6
Indulge in nachos with these Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos! It's a healthy dinner idea that the kids will love just as much as the adults!


  • 3 zucchini medium to large
  • 12 oz chicken cooked and shredded
  • 3/4 cup cheese shredded Mexican or Monterey Jack
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce plus extra for drizzling over the top
  • 3 tbs olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • salt + pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Rinse and dry the zucchini. Slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Place in a medium bowl and toss with olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper, and garlic salt. Arrange in a single layer as close together as possible on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. You want the zucchini to be slightly crisp to hold the toppings and not get mushy, so don't over-bake here.
  • In another bowl, combine the chicken and barbecue sauce until sauce is evenly distributed.
  • Remove the zucchini chips from oven. Cover with shredded cheese, the bbq chicken, then top with blue cheese crumbles. Place back in the oven for another 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. I like to turn my oven to broil for one last minute to get the cheese nice and bubbly!
  • Remove from oven and serve with an additional drizzle of bbq sauce! Fee free to fancy 'em up with any other toppings you have on hand: avocado, green onion, chopped lettuce.


Store any left overs in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 561mg24%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 486IU10%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 168mg17%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A sheet pan of delicious BBQ Chicken Zucchini Nachos with blue cheese crumbles


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  • My husband said “this is the best healthy recipe you have ever made! Put this on our menu again next week!!” So so good!!!

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    • Yippee!! You made my day Amanda! Love to hear this!

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  • So creative idea …. as usual 🙂 Thank you !

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    • They are so tasty!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  • LOVE this idea to use zucchini as a base for nachos! I tried that once last year…but never with BBQ chicken on top! YUM 🙂

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    • You’re going to love it!!

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