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Jalapeno Caesar Salad with Blackened Chicken
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Jalapeño Caesar Salad with Blackened Chicken Breast

Caesar salad featuring homemade dressing and seasoned chicken breast
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Salads & Dressings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy lunch recipes, jalapeño caesar salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Reprinted with permission from American Diabetes Association


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper with some of the seeds, quartered
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 ounces organic silken tofu drained (1/2 cup)
  • 1 large 18-ounce bunch romaine lettuce, roughly chopped and chilled


  • Preheat the broiler. Pound the chicken with a kitchen mallet until it's about 1/2-inch thick. Rub the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of the oil and sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Broil the chicken breasts on a baking pan until done, about 8 minutes, turning once. Let the cooked chicken rest for at least 5 minutes, then slice into thin (1/4-inch-wide) strips.
  • Add the jalapeño, garlic, cheese, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tofu, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to a blender and purée. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and blend until smooth.
  • Toss the dressing with the blackened chicken strips and lettuce, and serve. (If you toss while the chicken is hot, serve immediately so the lettuce doesn't wilt.) Alternatively, serve the dressing on the side so everyone can add their own.


Recipe originally appeared in The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition, by Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN (affiliate link)


Serving: 3cups | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 5g