Kale Caesar Salad with Baked Crispy Lemon Chicken is full of delicious flavors and textures. The kale is fresh and chewy - in the best way! The Caesar dressing is super easy to make in a blender and brings creaminess and big flavor that's tangy, nutty, salty, garlicky, and delicious! And finally, on top of all of this goodness is breaded and baked crispy chicken strips with a kiss of lemon zest.
BREADCRUMBS. Mix the breadcrumbs, salt, ground black pepper.
ZEST. Zest the entire lemon and add 1 tablespoon of it to the breadcrumbs. Cut the lemon in half to be juiced in the next step.
MAKE DRESSING. Into a blender, add the mayonnaise, garlic cloves, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon, Worcestershire, grated Parmesan, salt, and pepper
PREP KALE. If you get the fresh kale on the stalks, they the easiest way to prepare it is to hold the end of the stem with one hand and pull off the leaves along the stem with the other hand. Rinse the leaves off under cold water in a strainer and pat dry with a towel. Then thinly slice the kale so that it's easy to eat and it isn't too tough.
PREP CHICKEN. Slice the chicken breasts into 1 inch wide strips.
PREHEAT. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees and spray a large sheet pan (I used an 17x11 inch) with olive oil cooking spray.
STATIONS. Crack the egg into a separate medium size bowl and whisk it with the water. Get the breadcrumb mixture you prepared and place next to the sheet pan.
COAT CHICKEN. Add all of the chicken strips into the egg wash and mix them around to coat each and every piece with the egg. Then one by one, transfer each chicken strip to the breadcrumbs and flip to coat. Then place on sheet pan that has been coated with olive oil cooking spray. Spray the top of each chicken piece lightly as well.
BAKE. After the chicken has been in the oven for 15 minutes, take the pan out and flip each piece of chicken over. Bake for another 10 minutes. After a total of 25 minutes in the oven, the chicken should be completely cooked through...browned and crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.
MIX & ASSEMBLE. Mix the kale and the caesar dressing. Then top with the chicken strips and enjoy! Garnish with more parmesan cheese if desired.