Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

This grilled chicken Caesar salad is epic. It boasts juicy, perfectly grilled chicken breasts on a bed of romaine with crunchy croutons and scratch-made Caesar dressing finished with freshly grated parmesan. There’s tons of texture, big flavors, freshness, crunch, richness, and more. As a plus, today’s the day you learn to make croutons on your Z Grills. Yes, it’s possible!
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • Z Grills 700D4E Wood Pellet Grill
  • Z Grills Apple Wood Pellets
  • BBQ Plate
  • Tongs



  • 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • 3 cups cubed bread, like focaccia or sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • 2-4 tinned anchovies
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste


  • 4 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Preheat your Z Grills (preferably with branded applewood pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pound any thick areas of the chicken breasts so they are an even thickness. Season both sides of each chicken breast with salt and black pepper.
  • Transfer the chicken to the grates, close the lid, and cook for 1 ½ hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill and set it aside to rest.
  • Increase the grill temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Toss the crouton ingredients together in a bowl. The bread should be coated in oil and seasonings.
  • Arrange the bread cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer and transfer the sheet to the grill.
  • Close the lid and cook for 30 minutes. Toss them every 5-6 minutes, so they brown evenly.
  • Remove the croutons from the pellet grill and set them aside.
  • Add the anchovies to a bowl and mash them with a fork until you have a paste.
  • Add the garlic, egg yolk, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk until smooth.
  • Deliver the oil in a steady stream as you continue to whisk until you have a creamy Caesar dressing, then add the salt and black pepper.
  • Cut the chicken into strips.
  • Arrange the romaine lettuce on serving plates, then top with chicken and croutons. Finish with dressing and parmesan cheese before serving.


Day-old or stale bread works best for the croutons. Fresh bread will not get as crisp.
Calories: 590kcal
Cost: 20
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Grilled

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