Big and tasty chicken Caesar salad
- 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
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.
- 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.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 792(kcal)
- Fat 58.0g
- Saturates 14.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.