Chicken Caesar Salad is one of those dishes that everybody knows and loves. It is simply easy to make, and tastes simply delicious. Try it as a starter with some chunky bread or offer as a large portion with plenty of dressing and parmesan for a main course.
Try it with a big pinch of cracked black pepper to up the flavour. For the croutons, if you like garlic then cut open a clove and rub it over some stale bread. Heat some oil until sizzling, chop a piece of bread into bite-sized cubes and then throw in the oil until golden brown and crispy.
One suggestion for the chicken is to marinade it and then grill it so you get a lovely char-grilled flavour. Mince a few garlic cloves and rub this into two or three big chicken breasts. Season well. Add the juice of a couple of lemons too and this will start the cooking process. If you want a bit of bite and a slightly different dimension, try a couple of finely chopped red chillies completely de-seeded. Of course, this is not a traditional take on Caesar salad but it is really lovely!
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
- A big lettuce, use a cos
- 3 tbsp. full-fat mayonnaise
- 50g anchovies
- 1 tbsp. grated parmesan
- The cooked chicken
- The croutons
- Fresh chives
- Parmesan to garnish
Roughly tear the lettuce so it is manageable to eat – you don’t want big long dangly bits!
Finely chop the anchovies with their oil. Mix them in with the mayonnaise so fully combined
Juice one lemon and add this in and add in the tbsp. grated parmesan
Mix thoroughly. If it is still a bit thick then add a dash of hot water until it is a bit runnier.
Shred the chicken into manageable pieces and add this to the lettuce. Finely chop the chives into the lettuce and mix it all together.
Pour the dressing over and toss everything together.
Add the croutons to the top
Add the parmesan shavings to the top
For a slightly different take on this dish, try adding some fresh sweet-corn for a bit of extra flavour and crunch. Finely chopped red onions dressed with a bit of lemon juice and salt to take out the overpowering flavour are also a delicious addition. Remember to season the whole thing well!