This Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing is a simple recipe to follow and make. You can buy the ingredients for this delicious salad on your local grocery store.
Making your own salad dressing is so easy! It’s a great way to give this easy Chicken Caesar Salad recipe much flavor. The combination of the creamy homemade dressing and juicy chicken as the best part, which makes it a perfect main dish or light meal.
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- This homemade Chicken Caesar Salad dressing is refined sugar-free. If this is not a concern for you, you can add 1 t. Worcestershire sauce for added depth.
- For best results, prepare the creamy dressing the night before serving to allow the flavors a chance to fully develop.
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*Always cook chicken to temperature, not by time. Actual cooking time will vary depending on several factors, including the starting room temperature, thickness of the meat, and variations in individual oven temperatures. Check temperature with an instant-read thermometer after 15 minutes and adjust final cook time accordingly.
Homemade Caesar Dressing Ingredients
- ½ c. sugar-free mayonnaise
- ½ c. Greek yogurt
- ½ T. fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 t. Dijon Mustard
- 1½ t. Anchovy Paste
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste*
- ¼ c. Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
- ¼ c. light olive oil
*Taste before adding additional salt because the Anchovy Paste is naturally briny.
Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing Recipe Remaining Ingredients
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2 t. Italian seasoning
- ½ t. Garlic powder
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 large crisp head of Romaine lettuce, cleaned, chopped, and dried completely
- ½ c. shaved Parmesan cheese + more for serving
Cooking Directions for Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing
Step #1. Prepare the homemade salad dressing by combining the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, and anchovy paste in a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and whisk to combine.
Step #2. Add grated Parmesan cheese to the dressing and stir to combine. Then, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the dressing and whisk until thoroughly incorporated into the mixture. Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Step #3. Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking sheet.
Step #4. Arrange the chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Place the baking sheet in the pre-heated oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Note: An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken should read just over 160°F when it is ready. The temperature will continue to rise several degrees while the chicken rests.
Step #5. Finally, remove the chicken from the oven. Cool it for 10-15 minutes before placing it on a cutting board.
Step #6. To serve your Chicken Caesar Salad, assemble the salad by adding the chopped Romaine hearts to a large bowl. Add the shaved parmigiano reggiano and drizzle with 1/3 cup dressing. Gently toss to combine.
Step #7. Divide salad between chilled salad plates and top with the sliced chicken breast. Serve immediately with the remaining creamy homemade caesar salad dressing and additional shaved Parmesan on the side. Enjoy!
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