Chicken Caesar salad

Chicken Caesar salad

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(60 ratings)

Takes 25 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Four easy steps to main-meal salad perfection

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

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Ingredients

  • 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 breasts
  • 1 large cos or romaine lettuce, leaves separated

For the dressing

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 anchovies from a tin
    Anchovy

    Anchovy

    ann-choe-vee

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    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

Method

  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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RichieBoo
16th Feb, 2017
5.05
This was fantastic!! The dressing was utterly outstanding!! I cook my chicken differently, but that was my preference and made double portions of the dressing. The croutons were something else too. Never used ciabatta bread before for croutons. Totalally converted. Less is more and it was in this case. 5*
Kiljaan
27th Jan, 2017
3.8
The dressing is surprising and very tasty
donnab1981
6th Oct, 2016
5.05
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
23rd Mar, 2016
Hi, in here a little bit hard to get the white wine vinegar, can I substitute white wine vinegar with lemon juice ?
DanO
20th Nov, 2015
5.05
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
10th Sep, 2015
5.05
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
4th Apr, 2015
This is lovely. Quick and easy to make!
mummyellie
19th Jun, 2014
3.8
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!
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marmiteetponpon
24th Apr, 2014
check these recipies adding fresh fruits to the green salads, quiet interesting... http://marmiteetponpon.com/2014/04/24/how-to-add-fresh-fruits-to-your-green-salad-4-succulent-combinations/
uglynn
21st Mar, 2014
5.05
Very good recipe, actually the best Chicken Caesar Salad I've eaten so far... I'll cook it for guests!

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1st Sep, 2014
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!