Chicken Kale Caesar Salad

April 17, 2019
4 Ratings
Photo by Amy Currie
  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

The lemony caesar dressing does double duty in this salad; half as a marinade for the chicken, the rest to dress the salad. Toast the buttery croutons with any bread (stale is okay!) while the chicken's marinating (only 30 min!) for a healthy and tasty restaurant-quality chicken caesar in no time. —Amy Currie

What You'll Need
  • Lemony Caesar Dressing
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese + more for serving
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 anchovies
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • Chicken Salad
  • 1 pound thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 3 cups bread cubes (1-inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch kale
  1. Dressing: In the bowl of a food processor add grated Parmesan cheese + minced cloves garlic + anchovies + Worcestershire + Dijon mustard + lemon juice. Whirl until combined. With the motor on, drizzle in extra-virgin olive oil. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Place thinly sliced chicken breasts in a ziploc plastic bag. Add half of the dressing, close and marinate in the fridge 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Reserve remaining dressing
  3. Croutons: Cut bread into 1-inch cubes (I like ️sourdough) to about 3 cups. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, unsalted butter. When foamy, add bread cubes and toast in an even layer, 5 minutes. Set aside
  4. Heat a dry skillet or grill pan to medium high heat. When barely smoking, lay marinated chicken in an even layer and cook until brown and cooked through, 3 min per side. Remove and cut into 1-inch slices, crosswise
  5. Remove tough inner ribs from 1 bunch kale (I like ️lacinato) then stack leaves and slice into thin strips crosswise. Toss in a bowl with remaining dressing. Top with chicken and croutons. Garnish with grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper.

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2 Reviews

Marjorie April 27, 2019
I made this salad and it is delicious and looks wonderful as a presentation for any time of day or occasion
Catie C. April 17, 2019
I LOVE this recipe! So easy to make and always a crowd pleaser!