- Chicken breasts 3
- Olive oil 1 tbsp
- Salt 1 tsp • 1 kcal
- Juice of half a lemon
- Caesar Salad Dressing (see below for a recipe) 100 ml
- Lettuce hearts (romaine lettuce works great) 3
- bacon rashers 150 g, cooked
- Cherry tomatoes 150 g
These Chicken Caesar Lettuce Cups get their name from the Classic Caesar salad. Some say the salad was one of Julius Caesar’s favorite salad, while others say that the salad originated at Caesar's Restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. Classic Caesar Salad is made with fresh romaine lettuce, crispy croutons, and grated parmesan cheese. We gave it a twist by making Chicken Caesar Salad in cups. They make great appetizers or you can turn them into a complete meal (see below). Perfect for those who follow a low-carb diet. You can give this recipe a healthy makeover by using a homemade Caesar salad dressing (made with Greek yoghurt!) or make it more indulgent by adding bacon (everything tastes better with bacon, right?). To make perfect lettuce cups, use the outer leaves from a head of romaine lettuce.
Marinate the chicken breasts in a mixture of oil, salt, pepper, and salad dressing for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Cook the chicken breasts over medium heat for about 8 to 10 minutes per side. Let it cool slightly, and dice into small cubes.
Prepare the lettuce to form cups and then chop the tomatoes into quarters.
Place the lettuce cups on a large platter. Add the chopped chicken, bacon, and tomatoes.
Drizzle the Caesar salad dressing over the lettuce cups and enjoy!
Recipe notes and Variations
For a healthy homemade Caesar Salad Dressing: whisk together ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp water, 3 Tbsp mayonnaise, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. The salad dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
If you don’t mind adding carbs to your salad, you can make it more satisfying by using croutons. Simply toss bread cubes with olive oil and bake at 400°F/200°C until toasty.
Use store-brought rotisserie chicken if you’re short on time!
If you want to change this from an appetizer to a complete meal, chop up the lettuce and add all the ingredients to a soft flour wrap. You can add more ingredients like avocado and bacon.
If you want to experiment with other lettuce cup recipes, try these variations:
Thai Lettuce Cups. Fry ground chicken with 3 Tbsp each soy sauce and canola oil, 2 Tbsp each sugar and rice vinegar. Add to butter lettuce cups with sliced cucumber, matchstick carrots, and peanuts.
Pulled Pork Cups. Use butter lettuce cups, and add pulled pork, fresh sliced radishes, and sweet BBQ sauce.
Shrimp Lettuce Cups. Use Butter lettuce and fill with cooked shrimp (sautéed in garlic butter), sliced bell pepper, carrots, and sweet chili sauce.
Vegetarian Lettuce Cups. Use Butter lettuce and fill with cooked mushrooms, tofu, red pepper, shelled edamame, and cooked brown rice. Top with soy sauce or another dressing of your choice.