Big and tasty chicken Caesar salad recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: medium
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 30 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 792 kCal 40%
Fat 58g 83%
  -  Saturates 14g 70%
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  • Triple tested: This all-in-one meal is packed full of flavour and filling enough for a main meal. Leave the anchovies out if you don’t like them. Brought to you by Essentials magazine


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    • 2 large organic free-range skin-on chicken breasts
    • 12 rashers smoked streaky bacon
    • 25g Parmesan, freshly grated, plus extra shavings to serve
    • 4 baby gem lettuce, trimmed, leaves separated and washed
    • 16 fresh anchovy fillets in oil, drained
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    • 150ml olive oil
    • 100g white bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
    •  4 organic free-range eggs
    •  4 tinned anchovies in oil
    •  Small garlic clove, crushed
    •  1tbsp Dijon mustard
    •  1⁄2-1tbsp runny honey
    •  Juice of 1⁄2 lemon


    • Heat oven to Mark 6/200°C. Rub the chicken with 1tbsp oil and season. Cook in a hot griddle pan, 2 mins each side, then bake for 20 mins, until cooked through. Rest for 5 mins, then thickly slice. Toss the bread with 1tbsp oil, season and bake for 5-10 mins until golden.

    • Put the eggs in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 4 mins for soft-boiled, longer for hard-boiled. Drain, run under cold water until the shells are cool. Peel and set aside. Meanwhile, grill or fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper.

    • For the dressing, chop the tinned anchovies and pound to a paste in a pestle and mortar. Stir in the garlic, mustard, honey and lemon juice. Very gradually whisk in the remaining olive oil, then add 4-5tbsp water to thin down. Stir in the Parmesan and season.

    • Divide the lettuce between 4 bowls, top each with the chicken, croutons, bacon strips, eggs, sliced in half, the fresh anchovies and some Parmesan shavings. Then drizzle with the dressing to serve.

    Top tip for making Big and tasty chicken Caesar salad

    Croutons are a brilliant way to use up bread that's a little bit stale, add some dried herbs for extra flavour. And, for the boiled eggs, it's best to use ones that are about a week old as they are easier to peel than fresh ones.

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