Chicken Caesar Salad is a classic that will never go out of style. Some people order a caesar salad every time they eat out. Is that because it is too difficult to make at home? No, but it does require some forethought and effort as does all good food.
Start with crisp romaine lettuce. Wash the lettuce when you bring it home from the grocery store; shake off excess water and refrigerate.
I’m going to share a chicken marinade recipe today that is best marinated overnight or longer. So when boneless chicken breasts are on special at the grocery store, stock up and marinate the lot and freeze them in packages the size you need for your household.
Homemade croutons are a necessity for a good caesar salad – some of those croutons available at the grocery store are rock hard and inedible.
Last, but not least, is the salad dressing. Following is my recipe for Caesar Dressing, which I will think is the best only until I discover a better one. But now, for my biggest pet peeve when it comes to salads – overdressed and worked to death salads are common everywhere. Add only a small amount of dressing to start and toss lightly. You can add more dressing, but once it’s in there you can’t take it out.
Really Good Chicken Marinade
1-1/2 cups soya sauce
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp cooking molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp garlic powder (or fresh garlic, minced)
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp ginger (ground or fresh)
10-12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Mix marinade ingredients and then add chicken.
Chicken can be pan fried or done on the barbeque.
Caesar Salad Dressing
1/2 cup milk
1 cup miracle whip
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup lemon juice
1-1/2 cups Renee’s Caesar Dressing
Mix all ingredients with a wire whisk.
Will keep in the fridge for about two weeks.
Chicken Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
Marinated chicken, cooked and sliced
Caesar salad dressing
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Wedge of lemon
To assemble, put the amount of romaine and croutons you need into a bowl.
Add a small amount of caesar salad dressing and toss lightly.
Add more dressing if needed.
Transfer to serving bowl or plate.
Slice chicken breast and arrange it on top of the romaine.
Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese.
Garnish with a wedge of lemon.