Chicken and shrimp make for an incredible pairing. The mildness of chicken allows it to absorb the flavors of all other ingredients, while the shrimp adds a salty-sweet bite to a dish.
The two ingredients are versatile enough that you can pair them to create practically any dish or combine it with any flavors you like. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to making a meal that includes both proteins, don’t worry. Jumpstart your weekly meal plans with these 13 chicken and shrimp recipes that will quickly become house favorites!
#1. House Fried Rice
Few things are more comforting than fried rice. This recipe loads up on delicious, protein-heavy ingredients like chicken, shrimp, ham, and eggs while also working some veggies in there for a hearty meal! If you want the best fried rice possible, make sure you cook the dish in a wok.
Another rice dish loaded with protein, this recipe delivers a vastly different flavor. This traditional, savory paella not only combines chicken and shrimp but also has mussels, squid, and sausage. The flavors are further enhanced by combining tomatoes, saffron, white wine, and chicken broth. If you have a paella pan, that would be ideal.
Chicken and shrimp are similar enough that they can often be replacements for each other without a problem, or easily combined. This version of shrimp scampi is evident of how wonderfully these ingredients work together. Add garlic, Creole seasoning, basil, and parsley for more flavor. While it is usually served with pasta, you can change also use rice.
#4. Rouxless Gumbo
Many people have tried and failed to make a soulful pot of gumbo, only to be stumped by the roux traditionally used in many recipes. Fear not! This recipe has no roux, so you can focus on all the proteins and veggies that go in this delicious gumbo. It is much easier to make and tastes just as grand.
#5. Hunan Kung Pao
Who doesn’t get the occasional craving for Chinese food? Just be careful because the red chile pepper and Sichuan peppercorns pack a lot of heat. What really makes a Hunan Kung Pao recipe stand out is its mix of different flavors, such as rice wine, soy sauce, white sugar, peanuts, and sesame oil, blending together to make one scrumptious meal.
Cajun and creole foods are already heavily influenced by African, French, and Spanish cuisines. This fusion recipe goes even further by using Italian pasta instead of traditional rice. Cornstarch is essential to thicken up the sauce that is made with a mix of spices such as paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and Cajun seasoning to really make the dish pop.
Cooking with alcohol can provide a deeper, robust flavor that just can’t be achieved with other ingredients, and this recipe proves that. In this recipe, the sauce is made with Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey mixed with brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, sriracha, garlic, and ketchup — a sweet and tangy entree for your next dinner. It has a lot of ingredients, but it is easy enough to make in only 30 minutes!
Want a creamy mix of classic Cajun flavors? This alfredo made with butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese will take your tastebuds on a ride. The Cajun seasoning with some extra garlic adds some spice, and when you are done cooking, simply toss it over fettuccine pasta. Top with additional parmesan, and dig in!
Want a dish where you can cook both proteins, but everyone can pick out their own? Fajitas are a great option. You can cook the chicken and shrimp separately to please a whole crowd, or mix them up for a fun flavor combination. Season with cumin, chili, onion, and garlic to give a smoky, earthy flavor to your proteins that can’t be beaten!
Want a copycat recipe of the Cheesecake Factory’s Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp? We’ve got you covered. The chicken and shrimp are cooked separately and then paired with an incredibly creamy coconut curry as well as a sweet and tangy peanut sauce. There may be a lot of ingredients in this dish, but it’s well worth the time and effort!
Homemade pesto sauce defines the color of this dish and is easy to make. You can use chicken breasts or thighs instead of a whole rotisserie chicken, just make sure you season it well. Toasting the pine nuts releases their aroma and blends with the fragrant basil and garlic to make a divine sauce. Serve the chicken and shrimp over swirls of pesto noodles with some parmesan.
If you’re feeling under the weather, this soup reaffirms the power of restorative food as is believed in many Asian cultures. This soothing soup uses ginger, lime juice, and honey, all ingredients that help reduce the symptoms of the common cold while tasting delicious. Preparing your chicken stock is time-consuming but worth the effort, and you can even freeze it ahead of time.
Similar to chicken cordon bleu, these chicken breasts are fit to burst with shrimp and Jalapeño cheddar cheese! You can lightly bread the chicken breasts by adding breadcrumbs to the Cajun seasoning beforehand. Serve with roasted vegetables like asparagus spears or halved red potatoes, and you’ll be the talk of the dinner party!