Bacon Wrapped Chicken on Kale Caesar Salad with Lemon Scented Garlic Bread

bacon wrapped chicken on Kale Ceasars saladWe love salads in our house and I’m always looking for ways to spice up our classic favorites.  The Healthy Foodie has images of the most gorgeous bacon wrapped chicken breast I have ever seen, I just had to give them a try. Paired with this light, refreshing version of the Caesar Salad, I felt satiated and  pleased that I got some greens into my gang. The garlic bread scored some points as well.

The Salad

  • A half a bunch of kale, washed and torn away from the ribs.
  • A half a head of romaine lettuce, washed ripped into bit sized pieces.

The Dressing

I was a new wife when my love for homemade dressings was born. I received Anne Lindsay’s The Lighthearted Cookbook, as gift from my mother-in-law. This dressing is still in my top 10.Sweet mixed greens

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 anchovy fillet finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic grated or chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together in a mason jar or measuring cup.

Place kale in the salad bowl and pour a small amount of dressing on top.   With your hands, massage each leaf until completely covered with the mixture. Let it sit while you prepare the rest of the meal.

This vegetable need time to break down, the longer it sits that softer it gets. 6 Kale Salad Mistakes, by Danielle Walsh explains how to get the most out of this super food.

Lemon Scented Garlic Butterbetter butter (1)

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • The zest of 1 small lemon

In a small bowl, mash all the ingredients garlic breadtogether with a fork until well blended.

Cut the baguette on the diagonal, but not all the way through to the bottom. Add a generous amount of butter into each slice. Wrap it in foil. Place it in the oven 15 minutes before the chicken is done.

The Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Turn oven on to 400 degrees F.

Mix garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Place the chicken on a lined cookie sheet and rub with spice mixture.

Wrap each chicken breast with three pieces of bacon.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until juices run clear. Set cooked baconoven to broil for the last few minutes to crisp the bacon.

Take the chicken out of the oven and allow it rest for a few minutes.

Toss the rest of the lettuce together with the kale. Take garlic bread out of the oven Slice the chicken . Serve and enjoy! ~ Gina Milanese

edited dinner on the table



Thanks to Donna Brown at Donna Brown Design for the edits.