Crispy Chicken Kale Caesar Salad

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Introducing our crispy chicken kale caesar salad! It’s not your ordinary caesar salad. Picture this: hearty kale, vibrant radicchio, and roasted butternut squash, all topped with our homemade crispy chicken breasts coated in a creamy caesar dressing.

We’re about to revolutionize your caesar salad expectations! Our crispy chicken kale caesar salad isn’t just greens—it’s a medley of flavors and textures. Imagine crunchy kale, bitter radicchio, and sweet roasted butternut squash, all dancing together with our creamy homemade dressing.

Forget the notion that caesar salads lack veggies! Our crispy chicken kale caesar is proof. With its lush homemade dressing, bed of kale, and radicchio mingling with roasted butternut squash, every bite is a celebration of flavor and nutrition.

This hearty salad is my go-to main dish, especially on busy weeknights. It’s bursting with flavor and can be partly prepped ahead—a lifesaver for this mom of two!

Crispy Chicken Kale Caesar Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 4


  • 4 cups chopped butternut squash cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper divided
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • 4 cups chopped kale stems removed
  • 1 small head radicchio chopped
  • ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup Caesar dressing you can use our homemade recipe


  • Preheat your oven to 400ºF. Spread the butternut squash on a baking sheet, toss with 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast for 25-30 minutes until tender.
  • While the squash roasts, prepare the chicken. Pound the chicken breasts until they’re about ½-inch thick. Dip each breast in egg, then coat in a mixture of panko and parmesan.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Massage kale with olive oil until softened. Add chicken, squash, radicchio, and shaved parmesan to the bowl.
  • Slice the chicken, add it to the bowl, and toss everything with caesar dressing until coated.


  • Sweet potatoes can replace butternut squash.
  • If radicchio is unavailable, use endive, red cabbage, or more kale.
  • Feel free to use store-bought Caesar dressing if you prefer.

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