September 5, 2013

Easy Chicken Caesar Salad

We love big fat salads for supper at our house. Well, everyone but Brutus does. But he’s coming around. The problem with serving entrée salads during the week is that they can be a little timely to prepare in the itty bitty, teeny tiny window of time I have to get supper on the table. With Husband and me both working full-time and after-hours and all the kids playing sports, weeknight suppers are usually whatever I can get on the table quick.

Instead of making our usual big fat salad with 947 ingredients I decided to just make a Caesar salad because that’s just lettuce! I piled some hearts of romaine, parmesan and Caesar dressing the shopping cart and was feeling pretty good about how quick this was going to come together when I spied one of those family-size Caesar salad kits in the produce section and thought even better!

This was going to be the quickest, easiest supper.  EVER.

Before I left for work the next day, I tossed some chicken breasts with olive oil and seasonings so they could marinate all day. Then when we got home, I quickly cooked the chicken, assembled the salad and viola, y’all!


Easy Chicken Caesar Salad
2 large (or 3 small) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 family size Caesar salad kit (or 2 small ones)

Cut chicken breasts into thin strips (about 1/2 inch wide). Add chicken, olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper to a zip-top bag. Seal bag and “massage” the chicken around a bit to evenly distribute the seasonings. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator 6-10 hours. Marinating is optional, I’m sure the chicken would be just as lovely seasoned just before cooking.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken strips to hot skillet and sauté until lightly browned; set aside. Cook the remaining chicken; set aside as well.

Assemble salad per manufacturer’s instructions and place on serving plates. Top salad with chicken and serve.

I was able to make 2 adult and 2 child-sized salads from this recipe. Adjust recipe for your family as needed.


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