Chicken Caesar salad

Chicken Caesar salad

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(62 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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philleary
16th Jul, 2012
5.05
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!
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heidchef
1st Jul, 2012
5.05
A flavour explosion, delicious! Made it with everything and added avocado, crispy bacon and cherry tomatoes.
alfawife
26th Jun, 2012
Great dressing. Made it with Lighter than Light mayo and still delicious and nearly guilt free! Also added a few blanched french beans and baby spinach to the salad so pretty healthy too. Really excellent.
ajsk8ter
21st Jun, 2012
5.05
The best salad I've eve had. i didn't use to like salads but this has changed my opinion.
extrapickles
27th May, 2012
5.05
Fab recipe! I omitted the bread/croutons and added some hard-boiled eggs (1 per person), and an avocado. Easy Peasy.
lovetocook-0
16th Apr, 2012
3.05
lovely . only gave 3 stars because i changed the dressing to make it healthier. 3tbsp white wine vinegar . 2 tbsp parmesan . 1/2 tbsp oil . 2 tbsp lemon juice . 1 garlic . 3 anchovies . lush! fab recipe otherwise
raelyn
2nd Apr, 2012
5.05
I am very pleased with this easy demo of how to begin and cook easy way.
raelyn
2nd Apr, 2012
5.05
I am very pleased with this easy demo of how to begin and cook easy way.
potteringdougal2005
5th Nov, 2011
5.05
OMG! Made enough for 2 portions/meals/days: yeah, right!! Scoffed the lot... As I'm trying to loose weight I did not add the bread, reduced the amount of mayo to 1,5 tbsp, added tomatoes, more garlic and loads of romaine and tossed it all to let it disperse and sink into the veg, in advance of adding the chicken breast. FA-BU-LOUS. Making my mouth water as I'm typing this and still 3 hours to lunch. Adieu boring salads, bonjour Cesar salad!
potteringdougal2005
5th Nov, 2011
5.05
OMG! Made enough for 2 portions/meals/days: yeah, right!! Scoffed the lot... As I'm trying to loose weight I did not add the bread, reduced the amount of mayo to 1,5 tbsp, added tomatoes, more garlic and loads of romaine and tossed it all to let it disperse and sink into the veg, in advance of adding the chicken breast. FA-BU-LOUS. Making my mouth water as I'm typing this and still 3 hours to lunch. Adieu boring salads, bonjour Cesar salad!

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