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Thai Basil & Coconut Chicken Caesar Salad

This is my riff on a chicken caesar salad – and dare I say it – a much better version than the traditional. Not that there’s anything wrong with the humble caesar salad – I love it as much as the next person. But here I’ve added a basil and coconut dressing that pairs perfectly with the crunchy, crumbed chicken, parmesan and bacon. It’s truly epic.

PREP TIME
10 minutes
COOK TIME
40 minutes
SERVES
4
Ingredients

4 rashers of bacon 

2 thick slices of sourdough bread, torn into bite-sized pieces 

1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour 

2 eggs, lightly whisked 

2 cups panko breadcrumbs 

2 chicken breasts, halved lengthways 

vegetable oil, for shallow frying 

2 large cos or 6-8 baby cos lettuce leaves, separated, washed and broken into bite-sized pieces 

Marion’s Kitchen Thai Basil, Lime & Coconut Salad Dressing

parmesan cheese, to serve 

4 anchovies, to serve (optional) 

sea salt & pepper 

Steps
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F. 

  • Step 2

    Place the bacon rashers on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until crisp. Remove from the oven and transfer the bacon rashers to a plate lined with paper towel. Toss the sourdough bread pieces in the residual bacon fat left on the baking tray. Season with pepper. Roast in the oven for about 10 minutes or until crisp and golden. Set aside the bacon and sourdough croutons until ready to serve. 

  • Step 3

    To make the crumbed chicken, place the flour, eggs and panko breadcrumbs into separate large shallow bowls. Season each piece of chicken with salt and pepper. Dip each piece of chicken into the flour, then eggs and finally, coat with the breadcrumbs. 

  • Step 4

    Pour in enough vegetable oil to cover the base of a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the crumbed chicken pieces and cook for 3-4 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Slice just before serving. 

  • Step 5

    To assemble the salad, place the cos lettuce, croutons and bacon into a large bowl. Drizzle with the Thai Basil, Lime & Coconut Dressing. Gently toss until well combined. Divide among serving plates. Top with anchovies if using. Use a vegetable peeler to shave strips of parmesan cheese over the top, then add slices of crumbed chicken. 

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