Chicken Caesar Salad

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Long live the Caesar Salad! This homemade Caesar Salad Dressing will rival that of any great restaurant. Add chicken to make a meal, or serve it straight up the classic way.

Ingredients

¼ cupParmesan Cheese (ContainsMilk)
1 tablespoonItalian “So Delizioso” Seasoning
1 unitRomaine Lettuce
1 unitDemi Baguette (ContainsMilk, Wheat)
12 ounceChicken Breasts
1 unitRoma Tomato

Instructions For Chicken Caesar Salad:

1- Adjust rack to middle and top positions and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Sprinkle Parmesan onto an oiled baking sheet in two 3-inch-wide circles. Bake on middle rack until golden brown and crisp, 6-10 minutes. Let cool until hardened, then transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. TIP: Check often to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn.

2- Meanwhile, cut baguette into 1-inch cubes. Place 2 TBSP butter (4 TBSP for 4 servings) in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until just melted, 30-40 seconds. Add bread cubes to bowl with melted butter and toss with half the Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper.

3- Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season all over with salt, pepper, and remaining Italian Seasoning. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned but not yet cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side. (You’ll be transferring chicken to oven to finish cooking.

4- After removing fricos from baking sheet, add chicken to one side. Place bread cubes on other side. (Use two baking sheets for 4 servings.) Bake on top rack until chicken is fully cooked and bread is golden and crispy, 5-10 minutes. TIP: Check after 5 minutes; if croutons are browned, remove from sheet and continue cooking chicken until cooked through.

5- Meanwhile, chop lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Dice tomato. In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, tomatoes, and half the Caesar dressing. Season with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Break fricos into bite-sized pieces (roughly 1 inch each).

6- Thinly slice chicken crosswise (as an alternative, dice into 1-inch cubes). Divide salad between plates or large bowls. Top with chicken, fricos, and croutons. Drizzle with remaining Caesar dressing.

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