Caesar Chicken


A deliciously simple one-pot recipe, this juicy Caesar chicken casserole comes together using less than 5 ingredients. Caesar dressing serves as both a marinade to envelop the chicken to maintain its juices, and a creamy sauce to provide a bold flavor.

Caesar chicken is a flavor-packed 4 ingredient meal that offers the convenience of being prepared and cooked in one pot without compromising on taste or presentation. This easy chicken casserole recipe takes advantage of Caesar salad dressing to maintain the chicken’s juiciness and provide a bold, tangy flavor that is excellent over cauliflower rice or noodles.

A casserole dish filled with baked chicken thighs swimming in a creamy caesar sauce and topped with black pepper and parsley.

Using boneless, skinless chicken thighs (although chicken breast can be used too), parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing and sour cream, this easy baked chicken recipe comes together in just over 30 minutes – making it the ideal weeknight dish when you don’t want to put in a lot of effort cooking or doing dishes afterwards.

The magic of this recipe is in the Caesar dressing. To keep in line with the simplicity of this chicken casserole recipe, you can use bottle Caesar salad dressing or make your own with fresh ingredients. Of course, freshly prepared dressing will always have the best flavor.

Instead of coating the chicken with flour, grated parmesan cheese is used. This adds flavor but also helps to seal in those juices preventing dry, tough chicken which is common in many baked chicken recipes.

How to make baked Caesar chicken casserole

To make this four ingredient chicken recipe,

  1. Coat chicken breast or thighs with grated parmesan cheese and season with salt & pepper.
  2. Make the sauce by combining creamy Caesar dressing with sour cream.
  3. Add parmesan coated chicken in a single layer to a large baking dish.
  4. Pour Caesar sauce over chicken to evenly coat.
  5. Sprinkle more freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Bake in a 375 °F oven for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Finish under the broiler for 1-2 minutes if desired for a crispy top coating from the grated cheese.

Caesar Chicken Recipe Video

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Caesar Chicken Ingredients

  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 ½ cups grated or shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup Caesar salad dressing
  • ⅓ cup sour cream

Caesar Chicken Directions

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Substitutions & extras

There aren’t many ways you can substitute out ingredients in a 4 ingredient dinner recipe; however, I do have suggestions as well as extra ingredients you can add-in to give this dish more flavor.

Substitute sour cream

Instead of sour cream, try using plain Greek yogurt or homemade yogurt. You could even use more Caesar salad dressing in place of the sour cream.

Substitute Parmesan cheese

Not a fan of the parmesan cheese? Just use a different type of cheese. Provolone cheese, mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheese are all excellent choices.

Make it spicy

Add some kick to the sauce by adding a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

Can I use other cuts of chicken?

Besides chicken thighs, any boneless, skinless cut of chicken will work for this Caesar chicken recipe. For a leaner option, use chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins.

If using chicken breasts, butterfly the chicken into two thin slices to ensure more even cooking.

A chicken casserole with creamy white caesar sauce and topped with chopped parsley.

Storage information

Any leftover Caesar chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store in an air tight container.

Freezer storage

  • To store before cooking: Assemble the casserole up to step 4, but don’t bake. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil. Then freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
  • To freeze after cooking: Store in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 1 month.

Caesar Chicken: FAQS

Can the sour cream be subsituted?

Sour cream provides additional creamy, tangy flavor. Instead of sour cream, more Caesar dressing can be used or you can substitute with Greek yogurt.

How can I tell when the chicken is done cooking?

Chicken is done cooking when the internal temperature has reached 165 °F. Inserting a meat thermometer to read the temperature is the best way to prevent overcooking the chicken.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Caesar Chicken

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 423
Fat 29.6g
Protein 36.1g
Total Carbs 1.8g
Net Carbs 1.8g

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