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).
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Italian "So Delizioso" Seasoning
Caesar Dressing(ContainsMilk, Eggs, Fish)
Adjust rack to middle and top positions and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Sprinkle Parmesan into two 3-inch-wide circles on an oiled baking sheet. Bake on middle rack until golden brown and crisp, 6-10 minutes. (TIP: Check often to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn.) Let frico cool until hardened, then transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
Meanwhile, cut baguette into 1-inch cubes. Place 2 TBSP butter (4 TBSP for 4 servings) in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until just melted, 30-40 seconds. Add bread cubes to bowl and toss with half the Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper until bread is thoroughly coated
Pat chicken dry with paper towels; season all over with salt, pepper, and remaining Italian Seasoning. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned but not yet cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side.
Once frico have finished baking, add seared chicken to one side of same baking sheet. Add bread cubes to other side. (For 4 servings, divide between two baking sheets.) Bake on top rack until chicken is cooked through 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, tomato, and half the Caesar dressing. Season with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Break frico into bite-sized pieces, roughly 1 inch each.
Thinly slice chicken crosswise (as an alternative, dice into 1-inch pieces). Divide salad between plates or large bowls. Top with chicken, frico, and croutons. Drizzle with remaining Caesar dressing.