Chicken Caesar salad

Chicken Caesar salad

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(56 ratings)

Takes 25 mins


Serves 4
Four easy steps to main-meal salad perfection

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  • 1 medium ciabatta loaf (or 4 thick slices crusty white bread)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 large cos or romaine lettuce, leaves separated

For the dressing

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 anchovy from a tin



    Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…

  • medium block Parmesan or Grano Padano cheese for grating and shaving (you won't use it all)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Tear the bread into big, ragged croutons or, if you prefer, cut with a bread knife. Spread over a large baking sheet or tray and sprinkle over 2 tbsp olive oil. Rub the oil into the bread and season with a little salt if you like (sea salt crystals are best for this). Bake for 8-10 mins, turning the croutons a few times during cooking so they brown evenly.

  2. Rub chicken breasts with remaining oil, season. Place pan over a medium heat for 1 min, until hot, but not smoking. Lay the chicken on the pan (it will sizzle if it’s hot enough) and leave for 4 mins. Turn the chicken, then cook for 4 mins more. Check if it’s cooked by poking the tip of a sharp knife into the thickest part; there should be no sign of pink and juices will run clear.

  3. Bash the garlic with the flat of a knife and peel off the skin. Crush with a garlic crusher. Mash the anchovies with a fork against the side of a small bowl. Grate a handful of cheese and mix with the rest of the dressing ingredients. Season to taste. It should be the consistency of yogurt – if yours is thicker, stir in a few tsps water to thin it.

  4. Shave the cheese with a peeler. Tear lettuce into large pieces and put in a large bowl. Pull chicken into bite-size strips and scatter half over the leaves, along with half the croutons. Add most of the dressing and toss with your fingers. Scatter the rest of the chicken and croutons, then drizzle with the remaining dressing. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top and serve straight away.

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Comments (63)

donnab1981's picture

This was soooo good even though I cheated and used shop bought croutons. Also baked my chicken in a foil parcel in the oven to keep it really moist and added a couple of anchovy fillets to the finished salad too. Will definitely make this again.

claudiaajesica's picture

Hi, in here a little bit hard to get the white wine vinegar, can I substitute white wine vinegar with lemon juice ?

DanO's picture

Lovely, super easy and quick to make. We swapped yoghurt for mayo, and left out the anchovies and it tasted absolutely great. Will 100% be making this again.

alienor's picture

Very easy, I found a veggie hard italian cheese and made a vegetarian version (excluding chicken and anchovy) and a normal version in sync. Lovely.

AngelaU's picture

This is lovely. Quick and easy to make!

mummyellie's picture

Absolutely love this recipe, so simple & tasty. Changed the anchovies for crispy bacon & added some tomberries & cucumber. I've never made a caesar salad before but this was so easy I wont bother to buy a ready made one again!

uglynn's picture

Very good recipe, actually the best Chicken Caesar Salad I've eaten so far... I'll cook it for guests!

Lottie Duncan's picture

Really good recipe. Simple to make, especially if you use off-cuts from a chicken you've already roasted; doesn't have to be breast meat. Delicious, quick meal.

Capt's picture

Made very quickly, added bacon, my three boys and myself loved it, very tasty.

Capt's picture

Made this again today, but added some crispy streaky bacon , and some new potatoes on the side in a rammikin just in case not enough, yet again nothing left. Good easy menu.

minchmac's picture

Definitely won't be buying ready made dressing again, simply no comparison, best caesar salad I have ever had!!

joanah's picture

How is this a tested gluten free recipe ?? with a loaf of ciabatta bread?

ellie1789's picture

Really easy and tasty. You must keep the anchovies in! I used 0% Greek yoghurt instead of the mayo to bring down the fat content, and it worked well!

ravi2maria's picture

Super recipe! Teen kids loved it. Will definitely be added to our regular meals!

ccgraham's picture

The salad tastes fab and is quick and easy. I griddled my chicken with a bit of cajun spices, left out the anchovies as my kids are a bit fussy and added the crispy bacon. The whole family was very happy!
Will definitely be making this again!

clwatson76's picture

Yum! Have always bought this pre-packaged but never again... Super easy and totally delicious. Was a bit worried about anchovies in dressing but it just added a nice saltiness. Would probably add a bit of crispy bacon next time too.

lucycarter95's picture

This was tasty! I added spring onions and halved cherry tomatoes, and 2 rashers of bacon. I think without the extra veg then it might have been a bit boring as all there is is lettuce. I did forget to add the parmesan to the dressing but I sprinkled it over the top and it was stil nice.

philleary's picture

Amazing recipe. Easy and really, REALLY tasty. Our 5 year old and 8 year old loved it. I used a mini food processor to blitz the garlic, anchovies, mayo and vinegar. I then stirred in the cheese. WOW!

heidchef's picture

A flavour explosion, delicious!
Made it with everything and added avocado, crispy bacon and cherry tomatoes.


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Tips (1)'s picture

If you're a vegetarian like me, you would love to substitute grilled slices of halloumi cheese for the chicken. Much more delicious and goes very well with all the same ingredients. Very satisfying!