Chicken Caesar Salad (w/ homemade dressing!)

Our chicken Caesar salad is made with crunchy vegetables, cooked chicken, and our homemade Caesar dressing. It is ready in under 30 minutes and is best when topped with grated parmesan cheese (obviously!).

Chicken Caesar salad in a bowl.

When it comes to salad recipes, if there’s chicken Caesar salad on the menu, I almost always order it! It’s filling, and crunchy, and I’m a huge fan of Caesar salad dressing.

I love how you can buy rotisserie and toss it with all the ingredients. Or? You can make pan-seared chicken, baked chicken breasts, or even this parmesan-crusted chicken for an extra crunch.

What You Need for Chicken Caesar Salad

  • Romaine lettuce: romaine is the base of this salad. We love how crunchy an crispy this lettuce is.
  • Cooked chicken: you are more than welcome to use any kind of cooked chicken. Our pan-seared chicken breast is basic and a great option for this chicken Caesar salad recipe.
  • Caesar salad dressing: we suggest making homemade Caesar dressing, but you can also use store-bought. Check out our homemade variation below.
Chicken caesar salad ingredients in a bowl.

Substitutions + Variations

Use a different protein: Have fun with this salad recipe and use a different protein! Try one of the following for starters:

Add more veggies: Why skimp on the veggies when you can truly pack them in? Add whatever you have in the fridge such as bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, or celery.

Go vegetarian: Hoping to keep this vegetarian? Simply remove the chicken breast and anchovy paste.

Caesar dressing in a bowl.

Our Favorite Caesar Salad Dressing

Our homemade Caesar salad dressing is seriously so good. It’s creamy, tangy, and easy to make in your home. The only thing we really did differently than classic Caesar dressing is we swapped the raw egg yolk for mayonnaise and use some Greek yogurt. Here’s what you need to make our homemade Caesar dressing:

Caesar dressing in a bowl.

Make it!

Homemade Caesar Dressing

Make this simple homemade Caesar salad dressing recipe. It’s made without eggs and has a base of Greek yogurt and mayo, making it extra creamy!

Get Recipe

Chicken caesar salad in a bowl.

Easy Ways to Cook Chicken

Stovetop Chicken: Sear chicken breast in butter or olive oil over medium/high heat for around 10 minutes, flipping halfway or until the chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 165ºF. Check out our Pan Seared Chicken Breast recipe for more details

Grilled Chicken: Grill chicken breasts for 15-18 minutes at 400ºF, flipping halfway. Make sure your chicken breast reaches at least 165ºF internally. Check out our Grilled Chicken Breast recipe for more details.

Oven-Baked Chicken: Bake chicken breasts at 375ºF for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Check out our Baked Chicken Breast recipe for more details.

Chicken on top of a salad.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken caesar salad makes for an excellent main dish, but also as a starter or side. Here are some of our favorite mains that pair perfectly with this recipe.

Mama’s Meatballs and Spaghetti: Italian meatballs and pasta is a crowd-pleasing, kid-friendly dinner idea. This truly is the best meatball recipe and it’s simply made with ground beef, breadcrumbs, parmesan, and your favorite marinara!

Crockpot Lasagna: Make tonight Italian night with this amazing crockpot lasagna! This lasagna is made with a flavorful meat sauce, a delicious cheese mixture, and is super easy to make. Make it for the family tonight or meal prep it for the week!

Kale Lasagna Roll-Ups: These Kale Lasagna Roll-Ups are a delicious vegetarian alternative to a traditional lasagna. Perfect for serving a large group or meal prepping ahead of time to feed the family.

Caprese Chicken Pasta: Healthy pasta lovers, this one’s for you! A Caprese Chicken Pasta that packs 51g of protein per serving and all those delicious Caprese flavors you love. Plus, it’s perfect for meal prep!

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

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