Recipe: Viral Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

Lunch Recipes, Pizza + Pasta Recipes, Poultry Recipes, Salad Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Bored of your go-to caesar salad with grilled chicken? Try this caesar salad pizza with chicken crust instead! A high protein, grain-free pizza recipe with all the flavor of your favorite caesar salad. 

We love a good mashup so when we came across the viral chicken crust caesar salad pizza on Instagram – we knew we had to try it ourselves! Caesar salad with grilled chicken is one of our favorites. It’s salty, creamy, cheesy, and filling; served up in a bowl or wrap it’s the perfect healthier lunch option.

This unconventional pizza-salad mash up recipe is a grain-free and high protein pizza that uses cooked chicken, egg, and cheese to create a pizza “crust”. To serve, you’ll pile it high with a homemade caesar salad. Pizza night will never be the same!


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    Ingredients for Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

    These simple ingredients create a satisfying pizza you’ll crave over and over.

    raw ingredients to make chicken caesar salad pizza
    • Canned Chicken: reduce the prep-work needed for this pizza recipe by using canned chicken which is pre-cooked so you can just drain and add to the food processor to make the pizza dough for the crust. You can also use 1 lb cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts. 
    • Egg: the egg is important because it helps bind the pizza crust together since there is no flour in this one. 
    • Parmesan Cheese: the quintessential cheese for caesar salad. The cheese adds some flavor and structure to the crust of this chicken caesar pizza. You’ll also use some in the dressing and as a garnish. We prefer to grate the parmesan cheese ourselves for the freshest flavor.
    • Garlic & Onion Powder: adds delicious flavor to the simple high protein crust. 
    • Plain Greek Yogurt: adds creaminess and extra protein to the healthy caesar dressing on this pizza. 
    • Lemon Juice & Dijon Mustard: this combination of ingredients add tanginess to the dressing. Use fresh squeezed lemon juice rather than bottled lemon juice for the best flavor. 
    • Anchovy Paste: all classic caesar salad dressings have anchovy. We used just a bit of anchovy paste – we like the paste because you don’t have to worry about using up the rest of the can of anchovies after making the dressing.
    • Romaine Lettuce: we love the crunch of romaine lettuce – the go-to lettuce for caesar salad.
    cooked chicken caesar salad pizza on baking sheet


    • Use a Caesar Salad Kit: make it even easier to prep this pizza by topping the chicken crust with a grocery store Caesar salad kit instead of making a homemade dressing and salad.
    • Add Croutons: we like adding a few croutons on top of the pizza for crunch. 
    • Add Sun-dried Tomatoes, Red Onion,m or Olives: if you want to add more toppings, we suggest some sun dried tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, or chopped kalamata olives. 
    • Add heat: top the finished pizza with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or sliced pepperoncini peppers.

    How to Make Caesar Salad Pizza with Chicken Crust

    Follow these simple steps to make your new favorite pizza lunch!

    3 steps for making chicken caesar salad pizza

    Make the Chicken Crust: add the canned chicken, egg, parmesan cheese, garlic & onion powder to a food processor and pulse until it resembles a wet dough. Press into a ¼ inch circle on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes until golden. 

    Make the Healthy Caesar Salad Dressing: add the yogurt, parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, dijon, worcestershire, anchovy, and garlic to a blender cup and blend until smooth. 

    Assemble and Serve: there are a couple options for serving this pizza: 1) toss the salad and dressing together in a bowl and pile on top of the crust or 2) add the salad ingredients to the crust and drizzle with dressing. 

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    Meal Prep and Storage

    Meal Prep: you can bake the chicken pizza crust in advance and store in the fridge in an airtight container for 1-2 days. The salad dressing can also be prepped 2-3 days in advance and stored in a mason jar until ready to use. 

    Storage: the prepped pizza can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Enjoy the pizza cold from the fridge or remove the salad before reheating the crust in the microwave and reassembling.

    prepared slices of chicken caesar salad pizza on baking sheet

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    Total Time: 55 minutes

    Yield: 5 serving(s)


    • For the Crust
    • 20 oz canned chicken, drained and rinsed well
    • 1 large egg
    • ⅔ cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • Salt and pepper
    • For the Dressing
    • ½ cup plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
    • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
    • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
    • 1 clove garlic
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • For the Salad
    • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
    • Parmesan cheese
    • Handful croutons (omit if gluten free)


    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    2. Add all of the ingredients to make the chicken pizza crust (canned chicken, egg, parmesan, garlic & onion powder) to a food processor and pulse until combined.
    3. Transfer to the baking sheet and press the ingredients in a circle, about ¼ inch thick. If sticky, add a little oil to the palm of your hands when spreading.
    4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and firm to the touch. Allow to cool.
    5. While the crust is in the oven, make the dressing by pureeing in a blender until smooth.
    6. Wash and chop the romaine and add it to the top of the pizza crust and drizzle with dressing then garnish with croutons, extra parmesan cheese, and black pepper.

    Nutrition Information Per Serving

    Serving Size: 1 slice

    Calories: 420

    Protein: 40 gram(s)

    Fat: 22 gram(s)

    Carbohydrates: 13 gram(s)

    Fiber: 3 gram(s)

    Sugar: -2 gram(s)

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