Warm, crunchy, Italian-seasoned croutons. Juicy chicken. Cheesy Parmesan wafers. Crisp lettuce. Creamy, savory dressing... Oh—didn’t see you there! We were just daydreaming about the perfect Caesar salad. For the diehard Caesar fans out there (we see you!), you probably don’t need much convincing. This version is a classic, but a few flavorful twists from the minds of our chefs take it above and beyond (see daydream above).
Produced in a facility that processes milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybean.
Demi Baguette(ContainsMilk, Wheat)
Italian "So Delizioso" Seasoning
Caesar Dressing(ContainsMilk, Eggs, Soy)
Adjust rack to middle and top positions and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Sprinkle Parmesan onto an oiled baking sheet in two 3-inch-wide circles. Bake on middle rack until golden brown and crisp, 6-10 minutes. Let cool until hardened, then transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. TIP: Check often to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn.
Meanwhile, cut baguette into 1-inch cubes. Place 2 TBSP butter (4 TBSP for 4 servings) in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until just melted, 30-40 seconds. Add bread cubes to bowl with melted butter and toss with half the Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season all over with salt, pepper, and remaining Italian Seasoning. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned but not yet cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side. (You’ll be transferring chicken to oven to finish cooking.
After removing fricos from baking sheet, add chicken to one side. Place bread cubes on other side. (Use two baking sheets for 4 servings.) Bake on top rack until chicken is fully cooked and bread is golden and crispy, 5-10 minutes. TIP: Check after 5 minutes; if croutons are browned, remove from sheet and continue cooking chicken until cooked through.
Meanwhile, chop lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Dice tomato. In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, tomatoes, and half the Caesar dressing. Season with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Break fricos into bite-sized pieces (roughly 1 inch each).
Thinly slice chicken crosswise (as an alternative, dice into 1-inch cubes). Divide salad between plates or large bowls. Top with chicken, fricos, and croutons. Drizzle with remaining Caesar dressing.