Chicken Caesar Salad

TO PREP 30 minutesBulmer Farms Baby Cos Lettuce

TO COOK 10 – 30 minutes

HOW EASY? Easy…

SERVES 2

RATING *****

This salad has so much to celebrate: salty ham, juicy chicken breasts, crunchy croutons and a creamy dressing. Wow. Recipe by James Martin.

INGREDIENTS

For the salad
4 slices of prosciutto
2 chicken breasts
1 knob of butter
2 slices of white bread, cubed
2 cos lettuces

For the dressing
2 garlic cloves

75ml white wine

2 eggs, yolks only
1 anchovy fillet (optional)
75g parmesan cheese, grated
150ml extra virgin olive oil

2tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper

METHOD

Pre-heat the grill to high.

Place the prosciutto onto a baking sheet and place under the grill for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp. Remove from sheet and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain.

Cut both chicken breasts through the middle, without cutting through, to form one large flat piece. Season to taste with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil.

Heat griddle pan until hot then place the chicken breasts on it and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through.

Heat a frying pan until hot and add the butter and then the cubed bread. Fry until golden brown, then remove.

Separate the leaves from the lettuce and cut into chunky pieces.

For the dressing, in a medium saucepan, bring the garlic and wine to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the garlic has softened. Leave to cool.

Combine the wine and garlic with the egg yolks, anchovy and cheese in a mixing bowl. Blend with a hand blender or food processor until smooth. Drizzle in the oil in a thin steady stream, taking care not to add to quickly, otherwise it could spilt and curdle. Stir in the mustard and add seasoning to taste.

Add the crisp fried prosciutto, croutons and lettuce to the dressing and toss to combine. To serve, place salad on plate, top with chicken and pour the dressing over.