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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 

Nothing beats the classic crunch and rich flavors of a Caesar salad—until you turn it into a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. This improved version of the beloved original takes everything you love and elevates it to the next level.

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Say goodbye to boredom chicken recipes. It's time to upgrade your salad. Salad? Trust us. We've perfected the art of grill juicy chicken and piled on crispy romaine lettuce, infusing a smoky flavor into every bite without losing the signature Caesar crunch. Paired with our creamy Homemade Caesar DressingIt's a harmonious mix of hot and cold, crunchy and tender.

Our trick to quickly cook an insanely juicy chicken? We beat the chicken until thin to create more surface area to retain the flavor of the flame and then use our chicken marinade to intensify the flavor. And this guide provides step-by-step instructions for creating this meal in your own kitchen.

Why You Need This Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad is a beloved classic, and our recipe takes it to the next level with perfectly marinated and grilled chicken that stays juicy and flavorful. Paired with a creamy Caesar dressing packed with the umami you can only get from anchovies, crisp romaine lettuce, and tangy parmesan, this salad is balanced in texture and flavor.

Caesar salad ingredients laid out on a black tiled surface: chicken breast, romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, croutons, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.Caesar salad ingredients arranged on a black tiled surface, including chicken breasts, romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, croutons, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Ingredients for Chicken Caesar

You think the restaurant's staple dish has to be complicated. We break down the marinating, grilling, and assembling of this iconic salad, ensuring every bite is a fusion of smoky, creamy, and crunchy goodness.

  • Skinless, boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • Grilled Chicken Marinade
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Parmigiano Reggiano flakes
  • Toast
  • Salt and pepper to taste – we love red bell pepper for this salad.
  • Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

How to Make Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

Many grilled Caesars actually grill the romaine. We skip this part, not because grilled romaine isn’t delicious; it is. But because we wanted the greens to be extra crispy and crunchy.

  1. Preparing the chicken:
    • Remove the chicken from the packaging and pat dry.
    • Spread the chicken out to an even thickness and let it marinate for 6-8 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Grilling the chicken:
    • Preheat grill to medium-high heat, about 400°F for indirect heat. See our recipe card notes for charcoal or gas grills.
    • Remove the chicken from the marinade, pat dry and grill on the hot grill until cooked through and reaches 160°F (76°C).
    • Let the chicken rest before cutting it into bite-sized strips.
  3. Assemble the salad:
    • Prepare the Creamy Caesar Dressing or use your favorite bottled version.
    • Toss the chopped romaine lettuce in a large bowl with half the dressing, adding more if needed.
    • Add the grilled chicken slices, grated parmesan and croutons.
    • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Caesar Salad Recipe Tips for Carnivorous Girls

  • Marinade: Leave the chicken to marinate long enough for it to fully absorb the flavors.
  • Grid setup: use indirect heat to avoid burning and ensure even cooking. Transfer the chicken to the hot side of the grill when it is almost at temperature to seal in a good char and flame-kissed flavor.
  • Rest: Let the chicken rest after grilling to keep it juicy.
  • Prepare your grilled croutons. Slice a baguette and drizzle with olive oil. Grill the bread until crispy and let it cool before cutting into bite-sized pieces. When it comes to store-bought croutons, we really like the Fresh Gourmet brand seasoned croutons. We buy them in large bags at Costco to save money.
Close up of a Caesar salad with grilled chicken, croutons, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing in a black bowl.Close up of a Caesar salad with grilled chicken, croutons, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing in a black bowl.

How to serve this Caesar salad

Serve this grilled chicken Caesar salad immediately after assembling it on platters or bowls, perfect for a summer lunch or light dinner. A classic Caesar is simple, with just lettuce, parmesan cheese, dressing, and chicken. You can add extras like sliced ​​avocado and cherry tomatoes if you want to make it more substantial.

It pairs wonderfully with a glass of chilled white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, or a crisp summer beer.

Leftovers

Dressed salad doesn't keep well as leftovers. Lettuce wilts quite a bit. But you can store leftover grilled chicken, wrapped in foil, in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just make a new salad (or wrap) when you're ready to use the chicken leftovers.

With this recipe for Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, you have everything you need to whip up a quick and delicious meal that will impress any occasion. Whether you're hosting a casual backyard barbecue or a more formal dinner party, this salad is sure to delight your guests with its perfect mix of flavors and textures.

A bowl of Caesar salad with chicken, croutons and parmesan cheese, placed on a wooden table, with a small jar of dressing nearby and green plants in the background.A bowl of Caesar salad with chicken, croutons and parmesan cheese, placed on a wooden table, with a small jar of dressing nearby and green plants in the background.

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Transform the classic Caesar salad into a smoky, savory delight with our recipe that will make you fall in love with your salad game. Paired with our delicious homemade creamy Caesar dressing, this dish marries the char of the grill with a fresh, tangy creaminess, creating a salad so good you'll forget you're eating your veggies.

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Prepare the chicken

  • Prepare the chicken by removing it from the packaging and drying it with paper towels.

  • Place the chicken between two sheets of cling film or in a resealable plastic bag and pound until about 6mm thick.

  • Immerse the chicken in the marinade and let it rest in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours.

Grilling the chicken

  • When you're ready to grill, preheat your grill for indirect heat to about 400°F. See our notes for charcoal or gas grills.

  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels.

  • Clean and grease the grill grates.

  • Place the chicken on the hot side of the grill and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until grill marks appear.

  • Carefully turn the chicken over and continue cooking until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F with a digital thermometerabout 5-7 minutes more.
  • If flare-ups occur, move the chicken to the cooler side of the grill.

  • Transfer the grilled chicken to a baking sheet and let it rest.

Throw the salad

  • Meanwhile, prepare the dressing.

  • Once the chicken has cooled, cut it into bite-sized pieces.

  • In a large bowl, toss the romaine lettuce and shredded chicken with ½ cup of the dressing. Add more dressing, if desired.

  • Add the grated parmesan and croutons and mix once again to combine everything.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Don't cut corners or skip the steps of pounding the chicken until it's thin or marinating it. Both of these steps are essential for juicy grilled chicken.

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 677kilocalorie | Carbohydrates: 25G | Protein: 20G | Fat: 54G | Saturated fats: 9G | Polyunsaturated fats: 29G | Monounsaturated fat: 13G | Trans Fats: 0.01G | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 2.364mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 1G | Sugar: 19G | Vitamin A: 1.925IU | C vitamin: 2mg | Soccer: 127mg | Iron: 1mg

Course: Main course, salad

Kitchen: American

Frequent questions

Why is Caesar dressing so good?

Umami. It's the deep umami flavors from the garlic, parmesan and anchovies that make a simple Caesar salad so incredibly good.

How to make a Caesar salad and grilled chicken wrap?

This can easily be used to make a grilled Caesar wrap, perfect for quick meal prep and lunch recipes. Dress the lettuce and place it in the center of a large wrap. Arrange the grilled chicken slices on top. Fold the wrap over and cut in half. This wrap will keep for a few hours in a lunch box, making it a great pack-and-go lunch.

How do I make a ketogenic/low-carb chicken Caesar salad for dinner?

Omit the croutons. Use our homemade creamy Caesar dressing for a low carb dressing.

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