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Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

by Adrianne

Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad with oven baked chicken is a meal one 1!! If you love chicken and salad this easy chicken caesar salad recipe will tick ALL of your boxes!

Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad | Sweet Caramel SundayThis recipe is a complete contrast to our watermelon cucumber feta salad. That one is light and refreshing, best served as a side and our caesar salad is much heartier, like the Roast Chicken Salad best served as a meal itself!

Crispy Chicken, salty bacon, cherry tomatoes and freshly sliced lettuce – you will love this salad!

I love a good Caesar Salad and I am sure you do too. They are simple enough to make for lunch or dinner and have still got some interesting ingredients to satisfy your taste buds and not leave you thinking ‘ah salad – boring!’.

If you want to cook the bacon in your instant pot, this recipe will show you how, Instant Pot Bacon.

Caesar Salad

This one has oven baked Crispy Chicken pieces so it does take a little bit of time to prep and cook that, however, the hard work is worth it when you toss it all together and get a fork ready to stick in it.

Caesar Salad 3

How to make a crispy chicken caesar salad

So, all you need to do to get your Chicken looking good is coat it in some Panko breadcrumbs. You could use ordinary breadcrumbs if you don’t want to run out just to get that one key ingredient.  Another option would be to make your own from some stale bread you have leftover and then you are away!

I much prefer making my own dressing or ‘drizzle’ for these types of meals as you can use Greek Yoghurt and whilst the flavour is there, you don’t have to have specifically bought a bottle of Caesar Dressing, which you won’t use again for  another month or so.

So enough of me chatting, let’s get to the recipe so you can whip up your own Caesar Salad pronto!!

Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad | Sweet Caramel Sunday

Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad

This Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad is a delicious brunch, lunch or dinner option! With panko coated bread crumbed chicken breast, crispy bacon, lettuce, parmesan and a boiled egg, you then pour over a basil pesto drizzle to bring it all together! 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: Caesar Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 564kcal
Author: Adrianne


Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad

  • 1 large free range chicken breast
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 head lettuce
  • 2 slices streaky bacon
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup croutons

Basil Pesto Drizzle

  • 1/3 cup low fat greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp basil pesto
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with grease proof paper
  • Cut the chicken breast in half horizontally
  • Line up 3 plates with your flour, egg (cracked and whisked) and breadcrumbs. Dip the chicken breast in the flour, then egg and coat with breadcrumbs, set aside whilst you repeat the process for the other piece
  • Place wire rack into baking tray and cook bacon for 15 minutes or until crispy. Once done, leave to cool then cut with into small bits and pieces
  • Place coated chicken on grease proof paper. Cook chicken breast for approximately 30 mins (turn half way) or until lightly browned on both sides. Use tongs and a knife to cut into long strips
  • Fill a medium saucepan 2/3 full with water, add eggs.  Once water has boiled, cook for 6 minutes, Once done, tip hot water out, replace with cook water and sit until eggs are cool enough to work with, then peel under running water and cut in half
  • Slice lettuce into strips
  • Combine lettuce, bacon ,parmesan, croutons and eggs into salad bowl. Add crispy chicken pieces 
  • Dress with Basil Pesto Drizzle and toss to combine 

Basil Pesto Drizzle

  • Combine yoghurt, pesto and lemon juice in blender jug, blitz to combine 


  • I use the basil pesto in the fridge section at Aldi (it is a dip). I love it and find it very versatile which gives me a lot of options


Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 264mg | Sodium: 959mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 363mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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Recipe ideas and inspiration

If you like this recipe another one you might be interested in checking out is this  Turmeric Cous Cous Salad with Bacon Drizzle  and you can get that recipe here..  Or you might like to make Pad Thai instead of getting take out and this recipe is a fabulous go to for authentic tasting Thai at home.

If salad is not your thing today, why not try something completely different and in that case, I would recommend this super awesome vegetarian Artichoke and Blue cheese pizza or if pasta is more your thing, you could try this Mushroom Spaghetti which sometimes has me dreaming about it, when I should (scratch that, could)  be doing more productive things.

If this type of dish is right up your alley, you might also want to add my Lemon and Garlic Roasted Chicken with Cous Cous Salad to your recipe book and you can find that recipe here.

But hey, if you also just want to have a drool over some damn good looking pizzas, then check my Pizza and flatbread ideas board.

Healthy lunch recipes

Healthier options instead? I get it, check out my Burger, Salad and Wraps pinterest board  as that has LOADS of healthy, simple colourful and bright recipes to get you brainstorming your next dish!

Let me know if you give this dish a whirl, I would love to know what you think. If you share a picture on instagram use the hashtag #sweetcaramelsunday I would love to check it out xx

P.S. If you are reading this and thinking how you could start your own blog food, craft, DIY, or any other topic that floats your boat, I have written a Step by step guide to starting your own blog and you can have a read of that here.

P.P.S Once you have started your blog and you have cooked some amazing smelling and tasting food, you are going to want to up your Food Photography Game and to do that I highly recommend this drool worthy Food Photography Book by Nagi from RecipeTin Eats.

Cheers from Sunny Queensland (except for the one day of the year it rains!)



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chefkreso May 6, 2018 - 11:04 am

This Caesar salad looks so delicious, love it and it’s been such a long time since I made some 😀

Adrianne May 6, 2018 - 5:40 pm

Thanks Kreso! It is an oldie but a goodie. I’ll see you on your blog soon no doubt.

chefkreso May 7, 2018 - 7:59 pm

Soon enough 🙂

marcellina May 10, 2018 - 12:34 pm

What a great simple dressing! I love the idea of using store bought pesto. My basil plants have suffered during the hot summer and recent rains.

Adrianne May 10, 2018 - 8:58 pm

Thanks Marcellina! It is easy indeed. Most of the time I have those ingredients at home anyway and just need to mix and pour. Thanks for visiting my blog again ?

Carissa Shaw October 19, 2018 - 9:28 pm

5 stars
Panko always makes the best, most crispy coating! This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Adrianne October 20, 2018 - 3:38 am

Yes Carissa! It does, doesn’t it. It is easy to use as well.

Stef October 19, 2018 - 10:05 pm

5 stars
Oooh… that basil drizzle sounds so good. I’ve been diving into so many fall baked goods, that I totally need a salad to balance them out. Thanks for the recipe.

Adrianne October 20, 2018 - 3:39 am

I know what you mean Stef!! That happens too easily! Cheers

Luci Petlack October 19, 2018 - 11:32 pm

5 stars
Your crispy chicken looks perfect. Mine always look a little less than fabulous – even when they taste great! What a delicious looking salad!

Adrianne October 20, 2018 - 3:40 am

Cheers Luci, love your positivity!

Ellen October 20, 2018 - 12:57 am

This is my kind of salad. That crispy chicken is a perfect addition to the salad.

Adrianne October 20, 2018 - 1:24 am

Thanks Ellen! It’s one of my favourites.

Marisa October 20, 2018 - 3:00 am

5 stars
Love how yo make the salad so much more satisfying!

Adrianne October 20, 2018 - 3:41 am

Thanks Marisa!

Mike Hultquist December 7, 2018 - 8:16 pm

5 stars
This is a great recipe. The chicken turned out so crispy, and the dressing…droolz. Delicious!

Adrianne December 8, 2018 - 2:52 am

Awesome, thanks Mike, glad you like it!!

Pam Greer December 7, 2018 - 8:24 pm

5 stars
I agree, it looks like this salad is worth a little bit of extra work! And, those eggs are cooked perfectly!

Adrianne December 8, 2018 - 2:47 am

Thanks Pam, got to love a boiled egg every now and then!

Allison December 7, 2018 - 9:26 pm

5 stars
I love the addition of crispy chicken and a boiled egg. I bet this is a delicious and filling meal!

Adrianne December 8, 2018 - 2:46 am

Yes Allison, it’s so good. Definitely a meal and not a boring salad, cheers!

Taylor Kiser December 7, 2018 - 11:06 pm

5 stars
I can’t wait to have this for dinner! Looks so delicious! And that basil pesto drizzle finish is perfect!

Adrianne December 8, 2018 - 12:28 am

Thanks Taylor, it’s a favorite dish of mine. Hope you enjoy it

Mary December 7, 2018 - 11:11 pm

That crispy chicken looks great!

Adrianne December 8, 2018 - 12:27 am

Cheers Mary, it’s delicious!!

Matt @ Plating Pixels December 8, 2018 - 3:05 am

5 stars
That chicken looks amazingly crispy! Need to try this.


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