Gluten Free Zucchini Chicken Parmesan Bundles

Gluten Free Zucchini Chicken Parmesan Bundles

Gluten Free Zucchini Chicken Parmesan Bundles

Gluten free zucchini chicken parmesan bundles. How’s that for a mouthful (hardy har har)? You might be tempted to think that my kids are savvy eaters, since their mother spends so much time in the kitchen and they eat such a variety of foods. Resist the temptation. The first time my 9-year-old saw me making these she said, “Mom! You can put things inside chicken?” She was absolutely shocked. Well, not only can you put zucchini, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese inside skinless boneless chicken breast, you might even find that it becomes a family favorite—for vegetable lovers and haters alike. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: long live zucchini!

Gluten Free Zucchini Chicken Parmesan Bundles, Step by Step

You do have to grate zucchini (and/or yellow squash—same thing in a different color, really) and wring out the moisture, like you do for our zucchini ricotta gnocchi and our zucchini tots,  but no worries if you don’t get every last drop. With recipes like the ricotta and the tots, if you don’t get every drop of moisture, the dish won’t hold together. With our zucchini chicken parm bundles, the worst thing that will happen is the filling will leak a bit during baking.

Gluten Free Zucchini Chicken Parmesan Bundles

Now I haven’t tried this, but I have a strong feeling that you can make these super flavorful bundles in a hot covered skillet to great effect. I would sear the filled chicken breast seam side down in a very hot, uncovered skillet to seal it closed, then flip it over and cover the skillet. Cook for about 6 minutes, then flip the breasts so they’re seam side down again, then cover and cook until the chicken reaches 165°F on an instant read thermometer (at least another 12 minutes). Coat with sauce and cheese, then cover and cook until the cheese is melted (another 3 minutes). I think it would be just as crispy on the outside and tender and creamy on the inside, and you wouldn’t have to turn on the oven. What do you think?

Gluten Free Zucchini Chicken Parmesan Bundles

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 5 Servings


4 ounces cream cheese cheese, at room temperature

1 tablespoon dried oregano, pressed into your palm to release its oils

1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon dried garlic powder

8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese, grated

1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated

2 1/4 cups zucchini and yellow squash, grated and squeezed dry of all liquid (280 g)* (from about 2 medium-large zucchini/squash)

1 3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness

Egg wash (2 eggs + 2 tablespoons milk, beaten)

1 1/2 cups gluten free cornflake crumbs, finely ground in a blender or food processor (plus more if necessary)

Tomato sauce

12 ounces cooked gluten free spaghetti, for serving

Chopped fresh basil, for serving

*I squeeze the liquid out of grated zucchini and squash by placing it, about 1/4 cup at a time, in a tea towel, rolling up the towel and twisting it to squeeze out all of the liquid. You can use whatever combination of zucchini and yellow squash you would like, or all one or the other.


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.

  • Make the filling and assemble the bundles. In a medium-size bowl, place the cream cheese, dried oregano, dried basil, salt and garlic powder, and mix to combine well. Add 6 ounces of the grated mozzarella cheese, about half of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the zuccchini/squash, and mix until just combined. Lay out the chicken breasts on a flat surface, divide the cream cheese and zucchini mixture among them, and spread out the mixture evenly on top of each piece of chicken. Beginning at a short end of each chicken breast, roll tightly to the other end. At this point, the chicken bundles can be sealed into a freezer safe container and frozen. Before proceeding with the recipe, defrost the chicken in the refrigerator overnight.

  • Coat the bundles. Before baking, set up a coating station of two shallow bowls: one with the egg wash, and one with the cornflake crumbs and remaining half of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Next to the cornflake crumbs, place the prepared baking sheet. Dredge each chicken bundle in the egg wash on all sides, allowing any excess to drip off, and then in the cornflake crumb mixture on all sides, pressing the crumbs gently onto the chicken to secure them. Place the bundles, seam side down, about an inch apart from one another on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake and serve. Place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, place about 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce on top of each bundle and sprinkle with the remaining 2 ounces of grated mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and the chicken is opaque throughout (another 5 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165°F on an instant-read thermometer). Remove from the oven and serve over gluten free spaghetti, sprinkled with fresh basil.

  • Adapted from Kraft.



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  • Marcie
    July 28, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    What kind of tomato sauce?

  • Kat
    July 26, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Nicole, Thank you so much for this recipe. Our extended family will soon be spending a week together at Cape Cod. Thanks to your tip about freezing it this sounds like a perfect main meal for two of our family members with multiple food allergies-and it’s safe for both of us. I usually can adapt savory recipes for us, but this just makes it so much easier for me-Thank You!!!

  • Carrie Nethery
    July 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and blog! After recently having to go gluten free, dairy free, and corn free due to my little girls dietary needs and my own- seeing your recipes and alternative suggestions really gives me hope that I can still enjoy cooking food that my family will love. Thank you!

  • Tracey Johnson
    July 24, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    we found the Heinz GF spaghetti the closest to the real thing, this looks brilliant can’t wait to try it thankyou

  • Victoria Donaldson
    July 21, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Can’t wait to make this. Mmmmm cream cheese wirh a dash of veg, love it! Thanks again

    • July 21, 2015 at 9:40 AM

      I know it seems like that, Victoria, but it’s actually only 4 ounces of cream cheese in the whole thing—and quite a lot of zucchini/squash! ;)

  • Brenna Ochterbeck
    July 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    What gluten free pasta do you use? I haven’t found any that I really truly like, unless there is a ton of sauce.

    • July 21, 2015 at 9:39 AM

      Hi, Brenna, it used to really be a matter of cooking gluten free pasta juuuuuust right (I have a post on the blog about it somewhere), but then Barilla started making gluten free pasta and all has been right in the world ever since. I often buy it at my regular grocery store, and I also buy it by the case on amazon.com. It’s far, far superior to any other GF pasta.

    • Carrie Nethery
      July 26, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      Jovial makes a good spaghetti. Just be sure you don’t over cook it

  • Mare Masterson
    July 20, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Oh, I can do without the breading! We’re having chicken breasts tonight! Oh yeah!

    • July 21, 2015 at 9:38 AM

      Yay, Mare! I actually suggest you replace the breading with blanched almond flour + some crushed coconut chips. I’ve done that before and it’s really good.

      • Anneke
        July 21, 2015 at 1:04 PM

        I was just thinking (from a purely curious standpoint) about breading with almond flour, and here you have the answer! I am happy to use the cornflakes, but want to pass on the recipe to my sister, who would want to use almond flour. I’ll be trying both ways soon!

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