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Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

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Step up your salad game with this classic Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad. It’s protein rich, has a tangy yogurt dressing, crispy garlic croutons and lot’s of parmesan!

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Chicken Caesar Salad is tangy, salty, packed full of crispy and creamy veggies and filling! Although, it doesn’t have the best reputation for being healthy which is why I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!

It’s everything you love about this classic salad, all that delicious flavor but with an easy, skinny dressing, grilled chicken, and avocado (good fats). Serve it as a side salad or as a satisfyingly filling main!

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What is Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad?

There are so many delicious flavors in this salad. I love the texture and how filling it is too. That’s why we have it as a main meal!

  • Crispy lettuce – make sure you wash and dry your lettuce. It makes up the bulk of your salad and using fresh crispy lettuce like cos lettuce
  • Skinny dressing – This dressing is everything you love about Caesar dressing but healthier! Tangy, salty and creamy!
  • Creamy Eggs – Soft boiled eggs help add a delicious, filling creamy element to the salad.
  • Juicy Chicken – Perfectly seasoned and grilled so it’s healthy. You’re left with juicy chicken which makes this salad even more filling and perfect as a main meal!

Ingredients You Need To Make Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Note: the whole recipe, including the ingredient quantities, can be found at the bottom of this page – just scroll down to the bottom, or click the ‘Jump to Recipe’ button at the top of this post.

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  • Turkish rolls – you can use any bread you like. Ciabatta, pane de casa and Turkish bread work well.
  • Olive oil – You can use canola oil as well.
  • Garlic powder – I used garlic powder for the chicken because it doesn’t burn as you cook it.
  • Oregano – I used dry oregano because the flavor is stronger.
  • Salt – I used fine salt.
  • Chicken – I used chicken breast. You can use tenderloins too.
  • Greek yogurt – I used full fat Greek yogurt. You can use skinny yogurt too if you want to drop the calories even more.
  • Anchovies – Optional if you don’t like them, but honestly, you can’t taste the fish, it’s just a good punch of saltiness.
  • Baby capers – Optional, but again, saltiness! Love it!
  • Lemon – I used the juice of the lemon. Helps add tang to the dressing
  • Avocado – Make sure your avocado is nice and ripe. Slicing it up and add it. I like adding some extra slices on top!
  • Cos lettuce – I used cos lettuce. You can use kale in it’s place or any green salad ingredient you like. Make sure you wash and dry your greens!
  • Soft boiled eggs – I have a great soft boiled egg recipe here that’s easy and you get perfectly cooked eggs every time!
  • Parmesan – Adds flavor and a nice umami flavor. I freshly grated mine because it tastes way better.

How to make Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad!

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  1. Cut Turkish rolls/bread into cubes and place on a baking tray
  2. Drizzle with oil, garlic powder, oregano and salt

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  1. Bake until golden
  2. Slice chicken breasts in half

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  1. Drizzle with oil and lemon, garlic powder oregano, salt and pepper
  2. Mix to coat

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  1. Drizzle skillet with olive oil and cook chicken
  2. Should reach 75C / 165F.

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  1. Allow to rest before chopping up
  2. Mix together all dressing ingredients

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  1. Mix to combine
  2. Add chopped lettuce to bowl along with chicken, avocado, croutons

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  1. And dressing
  2. Mix to combine

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Tips and Tricks For Recipe Success!

  • Salad should be eaten the day it’s made
  • Each ingredient can be prepared a day ahead of time and then put together before it’s served. If you’re not afraid of slightly soggy croutons and lettuce then this can be stored in an airtight container for up to one day.
  • Grilling The Chicken
  • Make sure when cooking the chicken that it reaches 75C / 165F. That will ensure it’s safe to eat. You can use a meat or candy thermometer to help you determine the temperature.
  • To make this even skinnier!
  • Instead of making your own croutons, replace them with walnuts! Way less carbs and they’re full of good fats for your brain!
  • To make this vegetarian, replace the chicken with tofu, or leave it out altogether!
  • To Soft Boil Eggssoft boiling your eggs is easy. Simply place the eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Once the water begins boiling, set a timer for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, carefully drain the water out of the pot and fill the pot up with cold water. Allow the eggs to cool for 5 minutes before de-shelling them. Slice in half when ready to serve.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

What does it taste like?

Delicious! Tangy from the yogurt dressing, filling because of the chicken and avocado, crispy because of the greens and salty from the anchovy fillets (optional). I mean, the way a Caesar salad is supposed to taste.

Can I make this ahead of time?

I wouldn’t recommend it. This salad is best served fresh. But you can store each element in the fridge until you’re ready to put it together and then serve it freshly made.

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Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Step up your salad gamewith this Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad. It’s protein rich, has a tangy yogurtdressing, crispy garlic croutons and lot’s of parmesan!

Serves 4

5 from 2 votes
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Nick Makrides

Ingredients

Croutons

  • 2 Turkish bread rolls cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt

Chicken

  • 3 large (600 g) chicken breasts sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup (190 g) Greek Yogurt (full fat or low fat)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 anchovy fillets chopped
  • 1 tsp baby capers chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced

Salad

  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 3 cos lettuce romaine, washed, dried and chopped
  • 3 soft boiled eggs, halved (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]


Instructions

  • Croutons - Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180C / 355F. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place bread cubes on top, drizzle with oil, sprinkle garlic powder, salt and oregano. Toss to coat. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Chicken - Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and lemon on both sides, then sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper. Drizzle a large, hot skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil and cook chicken. Cook for 3 minutes on each side until cooked through and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 73C / 165F. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes then chop using a large knife.
  • Dressing - Add all dressing ingredients into a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • To Assemble - Add the lettuce to a large bowl along with most of the croutons, chicken, parmesan cheese and dressing. Set some aside to top the salad before serving. Use tongs to mix and coat everything. Finish with remaining chicken, croutons, and soft-boiled eggs. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories : 501kcal
Carbonhydrates: 10g
Protein: 50g
Fat: 29g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g
Monounsaturated Fat : 16g
Trans Fat : 0.02g
Cholesterol: 259mg
Sodium: 1001mg
Potassium : 1090mg
Fiber: 5g
Sugar : 3g
Vitamin A: 2238IU
Vitamin C: 16mg
Calcium: 207mg
Iron: 2mg
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2 comments

Nick January 16, 2023 - 10:57 pm

5 stars
This one is a staple in our house! Perfect for when you want something delicious but not too heavy! N x

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Nick January 16, 2023 - 10:57 pm

THis one is a staple in our house! Perfect for when you want something filling, but not too heavy. N x

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