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Chicken Caesar Salad

Store croutons in a resealable plastic bag at room temperature; cooked chicken covered in refrigerator; washed lettuce in a large bowl with paper towels in refrigerator; and salad dressing, covered, in refrigerator.

  • prep: 45 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

For the Croutons and Chicken

  • 4 ounces Italian bread, cut in 3/4-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 chicken cutlets (each 2 to 3 ounces and 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 package romaine lettuce hearts (18 to 20 ounces)

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 small garlic clove

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make croutons: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place bread on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil, and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Bake, tossing occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes; remove from oven; and let cool.

  2. Step 2

    Make chicken: Heat remaining tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook until opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes per side; remove from skillet and let cool.

  3. Step 3

    Prepare lettuce: Cut romaine crosswise into 1-inch ribbons; wash and dry.

  4. Step 4

    Make dressing: In a blender, combine lemon juice, mayonnaise, Parmesan, anchovy fillets (if using), and garlic; blend until smooth. If preparing this recipe in advance, see storage instructions (below).

  5. Step 5

    If stored in refrigerator, bring chicken and dressing to room temperature. Slice chicken crosswise into strips; toss with croutons, lettuce, and dressing.

Source
Everyday Food, June 2006

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Reviews (6)

  • carolcamille 10 Jun, 2012

    I love it. I would never use another one.

  • alpharabbit 11 Oct, 2010

    This is really tasty, but if you put bacon pieces in there too, its even better!

  • geekbreath 30 Apr, 2008

    I'm pretty sure there is nutritional info in the magazine this recipe is printed in.

  • krinella 5 Jan, 2008

    I agree with Danny. I've often thought how wonderful all MS's recipes are but there are never any NI's on them here or in the magazine. Since I've been on a health program for over a year now, I tend not to prepare any recipes unless I know what I'm up against.

  • DannyJDC 4 Jan, 2008

    Without nutritional info these yummy recipes are not of great value ...CARBS and cholesterol as well as calories are vital info for some of us who REALLY need these good ideas! No use to me without! Wish it weren't so!

  • Tethered_2_Home 11 Dec, 2007

    Be sure to use freshly squeezed lemon juice. It absolutely makes a difference. Very nice Caesar Dressing. Yum.