Sunday, March 14, 2010

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

WOW!! The best Caesar Salad I've ever eaten. Everything was so fresh and the dressing (which I did NOT put anchovies in) was fresh and just a little bite from the vinegar. I loved having fresh warm croutons that did not break teeth. Highly recommend this recipe.

2 servings
440 calories per serving

2/3 chicken breasts, skinless (400 g)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 slice whole wheat bread, cubed
2 anchovy fillets, minced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 egg yolk
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp wine vinegar
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
1 slice bacon, chopped
1/2 Romaine lettuce, turn into bite-size pieces (I used 1 Romaine lettuce heart)
salt to taste
ground pepper to taste

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat or preheat the broiler.

Pat the chicken dry, then brush it with a little of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil the chicken until cooked through and golden-coloured, about 15 minutes, turning it once. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and cover it loosely with foil.

Meanwhile, lightly oil a baking sheet, using a little more of the oil. Lay the bread cubes on the sheet and coat them thoroughly with the oil. Grill or broil until the cubes are lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Drain the anchovy fillets, pat them dry on a paper towel, then mince.

In a small saucepan heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over moderately low heat. Add the crushed garlic then cook 2-3 minutes until it is softened. Add the minced anchovies, then stir and mash them 1 minute to form a paste. Set aside.

Separate the egg yolk from the white.

In a bowl, whisk together the yolk, mustard, vinegar, grated Parmesan cheese, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the remaining olive oil in a stream, whisking until the dressing is emulsified. Add the garlic and anchovy paste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a nonstick pan, fry the chopped bacon until crisp/ Set aside on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat.

Wash the romaine lettuce, then spin-dry. Reserve the outer leaves for another use. Tear the pale-green inner leaves into bite-size pieces.

In a salad bowl, toss the romaine lettuce with the croutons, the bacon bits and the dressing until the salad is well combined. Cut the chicken crosswise into thin slices, then arrange them over the salad and serve.

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