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.
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,
- Coat chicken breast or thighs with grated parmesan cheese and season with salt & pepper.
- Make the sauce by combining creamy Caesar dressing with sour cream.
- Add parmesan coated chicken in a single layer to a large baking dish.
- Pour Caesar sauce over chicken to evenly coat.
- Sprinkle more freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake in a 375 °F oven for 25-30 minutes.
- Finish under the broiler for 1-2 minutes if desired for a crispy top coating from the grated cheese.
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Caesar Chicken Ingredients
Caesar Chicken Directions
Preheat oven to 375 °F. Coat a square baking dish (or small rectangle dish) with cooking spray and set aside.
Coat the chicken
To a small bowl, combine 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, black pepper and salt. Press each piece of chicken into the mixture in order to evenly coat on both sides.
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
Place chicken in a single layer into the prepared baking dish.
Mix Caesar sauce
In a small bowl, combine Caesar dressing and sour cream. Pour over the chicken thighs and spread evenly. Top with remaining parmesan cheese.
- 1 cup Caesar salad dressing
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
Bake in a 375 °F oven for 25-30 minutes or once chicken has reached an internal temperature of 160 °F. Turn the oven to broil and broil on high for additional 1-2 minutes or until the top turns golden brown. Watch closely to ensure it doesn't burn. Garnish with parsley and black pepper.