Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

Note to Publisher: As tested and written, this dressing is refined sugar-free. If this is not a concern for your audience, add 1 t. Worcestershire sauce for added depth.

For best results, our functional medicine Los Angeles specialists advise preparing the dressing the night before serving to allow the flavors a chance to fully develop.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes*
Serves: 4

Important: Always cook chicken to temperature, not by time. Actual cooking time will vary depending on several factors, including the starting internal temperature, thickness of the meat, and variations in individual oven temperatures.

Our functional medicine Studio City practitioners propose checking the temperature with an instant-read thermometer after 15 minutes and adjusting the final cook time accordingly.

Dressing Ingredients:

 1/2 c. sugar-free mayonnaise
1/2 c. Greek yogurt
1/2 T. fresh lemon juice
1-2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 t. Dijon mustard
1-1/2  t. anchovy paste
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste**
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/4 c. light olive oil

*Taste before adding additional salt because the anchovy paste is naturally briny.

Salad Ingredients:

 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 t. Italian seasoning
1/2 t. garlic powder
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 large head of Romain lettuce, cleaned, chopped, and dried completely
1/2 c. shaved Parmesan cheese + more for serving

Directions:

  1. Prepare the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, and anchovy paste in a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and whisk to combine.
  2. Add grated Parmesan cheese to the dressing and stir to combine. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the dressing and whisk until thoroughly incorporated into the mixture. Our functional medicine Burbank specialists suggest you taste and season with additional salt and black pepper if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking sheet.
  4. Arrange the chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Place the baking sheet in the pre-heated oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
    Note: An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken should read just over 160°F when it is ready. The temperature will continue to rise several degrees while the chicken rests.
  5. Remove chicken from oven and cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  6. To serve, assemble the salad by adding the chopped Romaine lettuce to a large mixing bowl. Add the shaved Parmesan and drizzle with 1/3 cup dressing. Gently toss to combine.
  7. Divide salad between chilled salad plates and top with the sliced chicken breast. Serve immediately with the remaining salad dressing and additional shaved Parmesan on the side. Enjoy this recipe from Functional Medicine Los Angeles, a functional medicine Sherman Oaks expert.
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