Chicken Caesar Salad
Serve a chicken Caesar salad that beats restaurant versions by a mile. From rotisserie chicken to grilled chicken, these easy recipes are so irresistible, the salad bowl empties every time.
When you add chicken to traditional Caesar salad, it turns into an easy-to-prepare main dish. Serve with crusty bread.
Did you know that Julius Caesar had nothing to do with the invention of the salad that bears his name? The credit for this delicious dish more properly goes to Caesar Cardini, a restaurateur who came up with the idea out of a combination of necessity and creativity. The story goes that Cardini wanted to serve salad to his restaurant patrons but found himself short of fresh ingredients to mix with his romaine lettuce. He raided his pantry and, using what he found there, concocted the recipe that went down in history. Other chefs began making Caesar Salad because of both its unique flavor and its economy--except for the lettuce and the egg in the dressing, it required no perishable ingredients.
It's a salad in a sandwich! Try this chicken recipe for a quick dinner that even the kids will like.
When you're cooking light and looking for make-ahead recipes, turn to this heart-healthy salad.
Some recipes for how to cook chicken breast in the oven make a very simple procedure sound complicated and time consuming. Oven baked chicken breast is quick and delicious; you just need to be careful that you don't overcook it (making it tough and dry) or undercook it (risking food illness).
Recipes for how to make oven-barbecued chicken can use just about any combination of chicken pieces imaginable. This makes oven-barbecued chicken perfect for weeks when the family budget is tight and chicken leg quarters go on sale at the market. Knowing how to barbecue chicken in the oven means no more standing over a hot grill continually basting the meat. And making your own sauce with a non-MSG soy sauce ensures a more healthful result.
Chicken salad maintains its place in lunch boxes and on picnic tables decade after decade because it's simple and delicious. And that's why every home cook should learn how to make it.
Once you know how to poach chicken, the possibilities are endless. Poaching (a moist-heat cooking method) means to cook something in barely simmering liquid (perfect for delicate foods, like eggs and fish), and it is, sadly, almost a forgotten way of cooking -- sad because it's an incredibly simple technique, it can yield the most tender, juicy meat without the fat and calories from frying or sauteing, and keeps your kitchen cooler than baking or roasting. Some poaching recipes, like the one below, use the poaching liquid itself as a sauce; it only needs only be reduced and thickened to provide the perfect accompaniment for your poached chicken dish.
Learning how to cook cube steak the right way, and you'll have a flavorful meal that makes you feel like you've eaten in a steakhouse, without the dent in your wallet.
For a vibrant and vivacious side dish with unmatched natural sweetness, you should know how to cook beets. This often overlooked vegetable comes in several varieties, including red ruby and golden, which you can use interchangeably or combine in a single dish.
It's almost impossible to think of a Thanksgiving feast without cranberry sauce. The turkey, potatoes, gravy and all the other side dishes are important, but cranberry sauce is the finishing touch. Sure, the kind from a can will do in a pinch, but homemade is far better, and you don't have to be an expert chef to learn how to make cranberry sauce from scratch.