Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Garlic Lime Chicken Caesar Salad

Having sampled a mindblowing Caesar salad at my professor's I felt a need to recreate the dish my way. For this recipe I went all out, the dressing was handmade from homemade mayonnaise, and incorporated a healthy serving of my croutons. As for the chicken, its marinade was directly inspired by my prof's husband's recipe, its cooking method however, was me being a tad...adventurous? Insane? The meaning is often the same, the interpretation is up to you.



Serves 4 as a side, 2 as a meal

Ingredients:t
For the chicken:
-2 juicy limes
-3 cloves garlic
-1-2 chicken legs, de-boned

For dressing:
-1 large egg, room temperature
-1 clove of garlic
-2-3 tsp. pasted anchovy
-2 tbsp. homemade mayonnaise (or store-bought if you must)
-1tbsp lemon juice
-1/4 c. olive oil
-4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan

For salad:
-1 large head of romaine lettuce
-1 recipe of croutons

1) Wash limes with soap and rinse, juice limes into a bowl, crush garlic and combine with chicken let marinate for 2 hours or so, reserve juice limes
2) Make the Caesar dressing, combine the egg, crushed garlic, salt, lemon juice and anchovy paste with the mayo, mix vigorously with a hand mixer at highest setting
3)Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the mix while mixing, consider the emulsion used in the mayonnaise recipe, when thick, add parmesan, mix, let sit. The dressing will not become as thick as mayonnaise so don't worry too much about it, store in fridge.
4) Once the chicken has marinated enough, clean, dry and prepare the lettuce, set croutons aside
5) Grill the chicken, the most common method would be the bbq, drizzle the marinade on top and let the limes sit on the chicken as it cooks. If you have the time, space and materials/don't own a bbq feel free to cook the chicken over a wood fire using the grill as seen here on what I will hereby refer to as the ghetto grill:

Then you just add their little lime hats! I am not responsible for any damaged incurred while building a ghetto grill.
6) Cut up chicken, add to lettuce with croutons and dressing, mix vigorously and serve...mmmm decadent

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