Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad

Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is from Everyday Food. Notice how you can prepare the chicken in its marinade the day before and that you reserve a 1/2 cup of the buttermilk mixture.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine buttermilk, lemon juice, garlic, and Parmesan.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place mixture in a resealable plastic bag; reserving 1/2 cup for salad, add the rest of the buttermilk mixture to bag.
  6. Refrigerate chicken at least 15 minutes and up to 1 day.
  7. Meanwhile, make croutons by placing bread on prepared baking sheet.
  8. Brush both sides with oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Broil until toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side; cut into 1 inch pieces (and reserve baking sheet).
  10. Transfer chicken to baking sheet; discard marinade.
  11. Broil until opaque throughout, 14 to 16 minutes.
  12. Let rest 5 minutes; thinly slice crosswise.
  13. In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise and the reserved 1/2 cup of buttermilk mixture.
  14. Add romaine, radicchio, chicken, and croutons; toss to combine.
  15. Serve immediately.


Most Helpful

Just finished a late lunch of this delicious chicken caesar salad. The buttermilk really tenderizes the chicken and the salad dressing is great. I did not make the croutons, but used some I already had on hand. Next time I may add a bit of "spice" to the dressing, but that's just my preference. We will definitely have this salad again. Thanks so much for the post. Made for the AUS/NZ Make My Recipe tag, November, 2011.

DailyInspiration November 18, 2011

This is a delicious salad! I loved everything about it. I didn't change a thing! Thanks for sharing.

Lainey6605 March 24, 2009

Oh my. Oh my. The day started out cloudy, cold, and not very "Spring-like" for this day in late April on the farm. However; there were signs, good signs, that despite the cool days, Spring was still flourishing even under cool conditions. One of the best things a cool Spring brings is the absolutely delicious Spring garden lettuces. And I know of a perfect way to use this lettuce in the "practically perfect in every way" salad. I followed this exactly except for the radicchio, (didn't have this) but subbed thinly sliced red onion. Last night I was able to quickly throw together the buttermilk marinade and placed the chicken breasts in a ziploc bag. Then just followed the recipe exactly and the end result was a radiant, fresh taste that begged you want to dip a bread roll in the bottom of the salad bowl just to sop up whatever mixed dressing was left. Outstanding~WiGal~we will use this for many, many weeks to come this summer. Hopefully though, a ray of sunshine would be nice too! Made for *Spring Spectacular* April 2008.

Andi of Longmeadow Farm April 27, 2008

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