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Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for blackened chicken Caesar salad with air air fryer homemade croutons and the best homemade Caesar dressing.

Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 576kcal
Author: Bella
How good does a blackened chicken Caesar salad sound? This is a great air fryer blackened chicken recipe with air fryer homemade croutons and the best homemade Caesar dressing. Knowing how to make blackened chicken means you can make this and more.
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 Blackened Chicken

  • 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 2 romaine hearts
  • 1/2 Cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tsp. thyme
  • 1 Tsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tsp. black pepper fresh cracked

Caesar Dressing

  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 2 Tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 Tsp. Worcheshire sauce
  • 3 anchovies
  • 1/2 Cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 Cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 Pinch  black pepper
  • 1 Pinch salt

Homemade Air Fryer Croutons

  • 1/2 Loaf white bread
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil  extra virgin
  • 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. italian seasoning
  • 1 Tsp.  salt


  • Rub both sides of chicken breast with grapeseed oil.
  • Mix together blackened seasoning. Generously rub each side of chicken. Let chicken sit with blackened rub for 15 minutes. Prepare croutons while waiting.
  • Chop bread into 1” pieces. Add to a large mixing bowl. Pour olive oil over the bread and sprinkle garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Toss to coat. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F for 5 minutes. Once heated, add bread to the air fryer and spray lightly with canola oil. Cook for 7 minutes, stopping halfway through to shake the basket. Remove and set aside.
  • Preheat air fryer to 370 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Place chicken into the air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes, flip, and cook 10 more minutes. Cut into strips.
  • Chop romaine lettuce into 1” pieces and add to salad bowl.
  • Prepare Caesar dressing. Add all ingredients except the grapeseed oil into a food processor or blender and puree for 5 seconds. Add ½ of the oil, and puree for 5 seconds. Add remaining oil and puree for 15 seconds.
  • Pour Caesar dressing over the salad. Add shredded parmesan and croutons and toss. Top with blackened chicken strips.


Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1320mg | Potassium: 657mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4622IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 460mg | Iron: 6mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.