Weeknight Shorts: Fragrant Chicken and Shrimp

August is the perfect time of the year to let gorgeous salads and produce-packed pastas grace your table. But, if you're like me, you want a bit of protein on the table too. That's where Fragrant Chicken and Shrimp come in. Lean and flavorful, this combination cooks quickly and is seasoned with a citrusy rub that kicks up the flavor profile with smoked paprika and garlic.

The recipe below makes about a pound of lean, delicious protein that's perfect for topping a fresh salad, a quick pasta dish, or your newest risotto. It's also a great way to focus on great dinner foundations while letting you decide if tonight's a meal that calls for a generous protein portion or if a bit lighter is the way to go. If you are eating alone, consider making a full batch and using it to top a different dinner each night of the week. It's quick, simple, and delicious!

You can, of course, mix up the zest used in the seasoning blend or skip it entirely. I'm particularly fond of this blend since it focuses on adding a freshness to the mix that's perfect for this time of the year.

Fragrant Chicken and Shrimp

  • 4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest (from 2 oranges)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 oz. large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon cooking fat of your choice - I used bacon bat

Combine the first 6 ingredients (lemon zest through coarse salt) to form a spice rub.

Season the prepared chicken and shrimp with the spice rub and press firmly to help it adhere. Let rest while you prepare the skillet.

Add the cooking fat of your choice to a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. When the cooking fat is hot, add the chicken and shrimp and sauté until fragrant and cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.

Add the cooked chicken and shrimp to your favorite pasta, rice, or salad dishes as a great protein source.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

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