Deconstructed Chicken Caesar Salad

Ingredients 0



Serves 4

For The Salad

  • 2 handfuls sourdough or similar bread, torn into rough chunks
  • 4 tbsp (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts with skin

For The Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 4 to 6 anchovies
  • 2 egg yolks
  • juice of 1/2 lemon – or about 2 tbsp
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 to 4 tbsp finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 80ml sunflower or canola oil
  • 100g Parmesan or Grana Padano shavings
  • 2 whole baby gem or cos lettuces

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Toss the torn bread in olive oil, seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 10 to 15 minutes until crispy and toasted.

2 Rub the chicken breasts with a swig of olive oil and heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Place the chicken in the pan, skin side down. Cook for 4 minutes, then turn and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes on the other side. Check if it’s cooked through by inserting a sharp knife, the juices of the chicken should run clear.

3 Prepare The Dressing Blitz together the garlic, anchovies and egg yolks in a blender. Add the lemon juice, Dijon and Parmesan. Slowly add the oil, pouring in a steady stream, until the mixture starts to thicken slightly.

4 Separate lettuce leaves or simply cut lettuce in half. Wash and dry thoroughly. Place on a board or plate, along with the torn crispy sourdough and fried chicken. Garnish with micro herbs or any herbs you like, and serve with the dressing.

Text and image: Zonnebloem



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