Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons
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Chicken Caesar Salad with Croutons Recipe

You will find a detailed guideline on how to make a perfect Caesar salad dressing with canned anchovies.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caesar salad dressing, Caesar Salad with croutons, Chicken Caesar salad, croutons recipe for the salad
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 101kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 green leaf or romaine lettuce large head
  • 1 chicken breast boneless skinless
  • ½ loaf of bread for croutons
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil (2 tablespoons for croutons and 3 tablespoons for sauce)
  • 4-5 canned anchovy fillets (about 100 g once mashed)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 egg yolk fresh
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 50 g grated parmesan
  • salt, black pepper, chili powder to taste

Instructions

  • 20-30 minutes before grilling let chicken sit in a simple marinade: sprinkle over chicken breast salt and pepper. For this recipe, you`d better slice chicken breast horizontally into 2 pieces (place chicken breast on a cutting board and hold it with your other hand to help you in the process).
  • While chicken breast is marinating, let`s make some crunchy croutons. Cut off crust and slice bread into cubes. Take a day old bread, as it will be easier to cut it.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together 3 tablespoons of olive oil, black pepper (freshly ground) and chili powder.
  • Toss bread cubes in this mixture with seasoning.
  • Spread bread cubes evenly on a baking tray and bake until desired crispiness (as a rule, it takes about 10 minutes at 180 C/350 F until croutons turn golden brown).
  • Do not forget to cool croutons before using in the salad.
  • Mix together minced garlic with anchovy fillets.
  • Add mustard, lemon juice, freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.
  • By whisking egg yolk into the mixture, start mixing all the ingredients together.
  • To make it even smoother, you can use blender. When all the ingredients are blended nicely together, start pouring olive oil in a slow steady stream while you continue blending. When you added all the volume of olive oil, your dressing is ready.
  • Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat, place chicken and grill it until cooked through (depending on the thickness of chicken slices, it can take you up to 10 minutes for each side to cook).
  • Before using romaine leaves in a salad, rinse them thoroughly and dry. Tear or chop lettuce into bite-sized pieces; place them for a first layer in a serving plate.
  • Top lettuce with cut into pieces grilled chicken and cooled croutons.
  • Generously sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese (or parmesan shavings) and drizzle with Caesar salad dressing. Serve immediately!