Who doesn’t love a good Caesar salad? This standard crowd-pleaser can get a little…well…boring, so any time you can find a new twist on a classic, I consider that to be a very good thing. An outstanding example would be one that’s legendary at our house, our Radicchio Almond Caesar Salad
Last week when we featured the outstanding recipe for Tabasco Brined Smoky Spiced Fried Chicken I added a couple of extra chicken breasts to the brine in order to make this idea for a Fried Chicken Caesar Salad, borrowing a couple of ideas from our radicchio salad to create yet another excellent Caesar variation. Brining the chicken adds extra levels of flavor and moisture but this recipe can be made with plain, unbrined boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces as well.
You can use your own favorite Caesar dressing if you like or if you want to try your hand at a fantastic homemade version, find my standard Caesar Salad Dressing here. Besides the fried chicken I added some thinly sliced red onion and for little sweet chewy bursts of taste and texture, some golden raisins sprinkled in. Toasted almonds would also be a good addition.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts ( this recipe can accommodate 6 -8 breasts or more if you are making this for a large crowd. As long as the chicken is completely covered in brine, it is fine)
Begin with 2 quarts (liters) of water
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
Flour and Spice Dredge
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour