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Close-up of Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Cucumber Boats on a plate atop a marble countertop.

Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Cucumber Boats

  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cucumber boats 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Cucumber Boats are a quick and easy snack or lunch that features chicken salad made with ingredients like canned chicken, bacon, and cheese that is scooped into hollowed-out cucumber halves.


  • 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) avocado oil
  • 15 ounces (3 5-ounce cans) canned chicken, drained, patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (90 grams) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (56 grams) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup (~50 grams, ~7-8 slices) crumbled cooked bacon (I use pre-cooked store-bought bacon here)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cucumbers, peeled or unpeeled, based on your preferences (recommended that they be chilled in the refrigerator)



  1. Prepare Chicken: In a pan over medium heat, heat oil until glistening. Add canned chicken and cook for about 1 minute. Add spices and cook until spices are fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Prepare Chicken Salad: Transfer chicken to mixing bowl and add sour cream. Mix ingredients until well-combined. Add shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon, and apple cider vinegar and mix again.
  3. Chill Chicken Salad: Cover bowl with lid or foil and transfer to refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Prepare Cucumbers: While chicken salad chills, prepare cucumber boats by cutting cucumbers in half lengthwise, removing seeds with a spoon, and blotting dry with a paper towel.
  5. Prepare Cucumber Boats And Serve: Remove chilled chicken salad from refrigerator and spoon into cucumber boats. Sprinkle on flakey sea salt and crack pepper atop cucumber boats then serve.

Recipe Notes:

Refrigerator Storage: You can store the prepared cucumber boats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Meal Prep Instructions: Store the chicken salad and cucumber boats in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. Once you’re ready to serve them, spoon the chicken salad into the hollowed-out cucumbers. This will ensure the cucumbers remain crunchy and the chicken salad tastes fresh.

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