Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad for #SundaySupper

by Renee on August 26, 2012

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

It is back to school time! For a lot of folks it means super busy time. There are all the extra-curricular activities and events that happen during the school year. Preparing a meal for the family in a time crunch can be a difficult task. Kids need to stay fueled up to handle all the learning and activities. One of the quick meals I often prepare is a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. It can also be packed up and made portable for a meal on-the-go.

Quick meals are the theme for today’s Sunday Supper event. How quick? 30 minutes or less from start to finish. I timed making my dish and I finished with time to spare. You could get it down to about 5 minutes with some advanced preparation. If you are grilling chicken over the weekend then cook extra and save it for the salad. Make the dressing over the weekend too. It tastes even better after it has chilled for a few days. Make some homemade croutons with leftover bread. Croutons store for a long time in a sealed container. With those parts done in advance, all you have is the time to build the salad.

Here are the steps to take when making the salad:

  1. Get out the hardware first: grill pan, blender, cutting board, and all the utencils needed for preparation.
  2. Start heating up the grill pan. Heat the oven if warming bread to be served on the side.
  3. Take out all the ingredients and set them on the counter.
  4. Pound the chicken thin so it will cook faster. Coat with oil, salt and pepper, and start grilling the chicken.
  5. Make the dressing.
  6. Flip the chicken to cook on the other side.
  7. Place the bread in the oven to begin warming (if serving bread)
  8. Chop the romaine (if not pre-chopped) and add it to a large bowl. Sprinkle it with some Parmesan cheese.
  9. Once chicken is done, transfer it to the cutting board, let rest about 5 minutes, then chop into bite-sized pieces.
  10. While the chicken is resting, set the table and get everyone’s beverages they are having with dinner ready.
  11. Add some dressing to the lettuce and toss to coat. Transfer to plates.
  12. Add chicken pieces, croutons, and an additional sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on top of lettuce.
  13. Take bread out of the oven and place in a bread basket or on a serving plate (if serving bread).
  14. Take the salads, bread, and beverages to the table. Enjoy!

How about some more recipes for quick meals and snacks? The Sunday Supper team has a great list for you. They also have meal plans, cooking steps, and time-saving tips to get them done in a flash:

Get ready for more back to school cooking fun. Join in the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter today (Sunday, August 26th). Beginning at 3pm ET we showcase recipes and want to share yours too. Remember to include the #SundaySupper hashtag in your tweet. At 7pm ET we will have a live chat about back to school recipes and menu ideas. Bring your 30 minute or less recipes and cooking tips. We love to pin recipes and photos so be sure to follow our #SundaySupper Pinterest board too.

What is the fastest meal you ever made? Does it involve pre-made components or all from scratch? Advanced preparation has always helped me when I need to cook a meal in a flash. All it takes is a little extra time one day to save time on another.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

    For the dressing:
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 or 2 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • 1 pound boneless chicken tenders or breasts
  • olive oil
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 to 2 bags or 1 to 3 heads Romaine lettuce (prewashed)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Croutons
For the dressing:

Add all dressing ingredients except olive oil to a blender. Turn on the blender and slowly pour in the olive oil as it is blending. Blend until combined and the oil is fully incorporated.

For the salad:

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. As the pan is warming, place the chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound until about 1/2-inch thick or a little less. (The thinner the chicken, the faster it will cook). Remove the chicken from the plastic, coat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the heated pan and grill about 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is browned and cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Allow chicken to rest about 5 minutes then cut into bite-sized pieces.

If the romaine lettuce is not pre-chopped, chop it and place it in a large bowl. If pre-chopped, add it to a large bowl. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese over the lettuce. Add some dressing and toss to coat the lettuce with the dressing. It is best to add a little at a time to avoid adding too much. Transfer the lettuce to plates. Top the lettuce with chicken pieces, croutons and some additional Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

Alternative Method: If taking the salad to-go, do not toss the lettuce with the dressing. Pack the dressing and croutons in separate containers and add them to the salad prior to eating. Also make sure the chicken is cooled completely prior to adding on top of the lettuce (or pack it separately).

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Faye Leong August 26, 2012 at 5:42 am

Is a great quick, easy and refreshing recipe. Love salad with Parmesan cheese. Thank you for sharing!

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Mama F August 26, 2012 at 6:12 am

I love a nice simple salad every now and then! This one looks yummy!

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Liz August 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

One of my favorite dishes to order out for a meal. I’m certain eating you recipe at home would be even better…and quick! Thanks for this delicious idea for a quick #SundaySupper~

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Katy August 26, 2012 at 6:58 am

You are truly the salad queen, Renee! They always look so good and this one is just delightful!

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Family Foodie August 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

What a gorgeous salad Renee! My daughter would go crazy for this salad. I love that you used anchovies. Loved them!

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diabeticFoodie August 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

Chicken Caesar Salad is one of my go-to meals for busy nights too. The last time I had it in a restaurant, they grilled the romaine too – cut it in half lengthwise and put it cut-side down on the grill. It was smoky and delicious. I’ve been meaning to try it at home, but keep forgetting. Thanks for reminding me!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen August 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

I will never tire of this salad Renee! Great flavors together. Have a great sunday!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal August 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

Perfect salad! We love chicken caesar salads in this house and they are the best with homemade dressing.

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angie @ big bears wife August 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

When I was in college, went through a phase of eating nothing but a chicken caesar salad. I ate chicken caesar salad for lunch and dinner. But I have not had 1 in a long time since my favorite restaurant that serves them closed. I don’t ever think about making them at home. They are also my hubbys favorite kind of salad so I know he would be excited for me to make these at home

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina August 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

I don’t know why I’m so intimidated by Caesar dressing, but I am! Yours sounds delicious and easy! I just need to get over myself because this is yum!

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Laura @ Family Spice August 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

I love light dinners like salad. But I can’t stand sardines, so I like to use capers instead in my caesar dressing. YUMMO!

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Chelsea August 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

This salad looks amazing and so fresh and creamy!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked August 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

The photo of your salad looks so fresh and yummy. I’m never full on salad and I always need to add a protein – grilled chicken is my favourite! I’ve never used sardines before but I will so that I can try your recipe.

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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) August 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm

We are fans of having salad for dinner, but never had a caesar salad for it. I love how you gave the exact steps for getting this dinner done in 30 minutes.

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Sarah August 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

a classic chicken ceasar salad sounds great for a quick and easy dinner. I probably should eat more salads since I don’t balance out my indulgences. haha. I’ll be adding this recipe to my “will” make recipe list.

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Debra Elliott August 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Renee,

Thanks for stopping by. Your recipe looks yummy. Can’t wait to try!

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Hezzi-D August 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

This is one of our favorite weeknight meals. I’ve never made the dressing before so I’m looking forward to trying it!

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Kathia August 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Love a good salad. Thank you for sharing.

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Anne P @ Webicurean August 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Yum! This looks so light and refreshing!

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Melanie August 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Simple and a great way to get salad into the menu. Looks wonderful!

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veronica gantley August 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm

What a wonderful recipe. It looks pretty filling for a salad.

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Conni @MrsMamaHen August 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Mmmmm, I LOVE caesar salad! This looks great!

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Heather @girlichef August 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

How ’bout mama eats this while the kids are in school. Is that okay? Because YUMMMMMM…this is my kinda meal.

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Momma's Meals August 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Looks and sounds yummy to me! Chicken Caesar is one of my favorite and I’ve been dying to make my own dressing! Thanks for sharing.

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Amy Kim August 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

For me, it’s always about the dressing. I’ve been making my own buttermilk ranch dressing this year so this should be easy enough. Thank you for sharing!

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Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie August 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I almost ordered a Chicken Caesar salad for dinner tonight, but ordered a sandwich instead. Now I’m really sorry I didn’t, because your salad is gorgeous. :)

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Laura Hunter August 27, 2012 at 5:39 am

I love chicken caesar salad, it is such a quick and easy meal option and my husband would love the addition of anchovies. Thanks for sharing

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sunithi August 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

Simple, Pretty and picture perfect ! Love the green placemat & the green in the salad :)

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Daddy Knows Less August 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

The first time I ever made JUST a salad for dinner, Peanut threw a FIT because “we’re supposed to have more.” She has since adjusted, especially after my recent pork tenderloin with grilled nectarines creation. Thanks for the simple Caesar recipe!

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Carla August 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Whoa look at all of that vibrant green! Such a wonderful quick salad.

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Tara Noland August 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I love this for a quick and easy meal, yummy!!

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Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) August 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

We love doing salads for quick dinners. Caesar is one of our favorites. I make my own frozen grilled chicken breast strips, so I can make extra short work of a salad.

Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com

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Cindys Recipes August 28, 2012 at 5:32 am

I make this a lot its one of our favorites!

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Baker Street August 28, 2012 at 6:06 am

Great tips, Renee! Your salad looks amazing. I totally missed being on round up this weekend. I’m loving all the recipes! :)

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

My husbands favorite salad, he will love this for dinner any day!

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Anita at Hungry Couple August 29, 2012 at 12:40 am

Yummy! This is, hands down, one of my favorite things to eat!

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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes August 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Your photo is my favorite this week Renee. I just love the way that salad pops and of course, it successfully makes me quite hungry. I adore grilled chicken caesar salads and this one looks amazing!

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