Chicken and shrimp go very well together. This piece of information may be surprising to you because chicken and shrimp aren’t the most obvious foods to pair together.
However, their differently unique flavors enhance one another perfectly. That’s why the chicken and shrimp ingredient combination has spawned many dishes from all over the world.
The success of your dish depends on how you cook the chicken and shrimp. You can cook them in the same pan, but you should cook your chicken first because it takes longer to cook than shrimp.
You also have to make sure that you cook both the chicken and shrimp thoroughly for safety reasons. They are raw meats after all.
Adding the right ingredients to your chicken and shrimp will also give you a delicious meal. I have compiled this list of recipes to help you on your way, so let’s dig in!
Carbonara is a classic Italian dish whose base is pasta. Usually, it’s made using pork, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and pepper. To follow this easy 20-minute recipe, simply add chicken and shrimp to the mix.
In the same pan, fry the pork, and then the chicken, and then the shrimp. Add the pasta, then season it using olive oil, salt and pepper. Add some egg yolk. Finally, sprinkle in the cheese.
2. Hearty Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo
Gumbo is a traditional Louisiana stew that perfectly elevates both chicken and shrimp flavors. It has hundreds of variations. This family recipe is a great way to get started.
Because gumbo has so many varieties, you don’t have to use the exact ingredients. Decide what to add, substitute or leave out depending on your taste. This recipe uses bacon, crab, turkey, chicken, and shrimp. It also uses a variety of vegetables and seasoning.
The foundation of this dish is the scampi sauce. Make it by sautéeing garlic and red pepper in olive oil, adding dry white Vermouth wine, and then adding butter. Remove from the heat to add lemon juice and salt, and then put it back on the stove.
Add your prepared chicken and shrimp to the sauce. Serve with pasta, bread, rice, or potatoes. It only takes 15 minutes to prepare!
4. Classic Shrimp and Chicken Fried Rice
Follow this simple recipe to quickly make a meal better than takeout!
Use the seasoning of your choice to flavor the chicken and shrimp. Then, sautée your diced chicken with onions and garlic. Add pre-cooked white rice, soy sauce, veggies, and some pepper. Make space in the middle of the skillet to scramble some eggs, and gradually mix the scrambled egg with the whole meal. Finally, add the shrimp!
This easy and printable recipe takes only 20 minutes to prepare and requires 17 ingredients. The website also comes with a wonderful ingredient substitution guide that you can use.
Jambalaya is a dish from Louisiana that mixes meat, vegetables, and rice. To follow this recipe, simply add chicken and shrimp to rice and vegetables. It’s a great comfort meal.
Follow this recipe to make chicken soup filled with delicious pork-and-shrimp wontons, also known as dumplings.
To make the chicken broth, boil and then simmer chicken carcasses with a mix of seasoning and aromatic foods. To make the dumpling stuffing, blend chicken and shrimp with garlic to make mince. Add seasoning and aromatic foods as well.
Finally, put the stuffing in wonton wrappers and boil. When ready, pour the broth over the wontons.
Copy Applebee’s famous Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp recipe right from the comfort of your home!
A fun fact is that Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp doesn’t actually have any bourbon in it. It’s named after Bourbon Street, a historic street located in Louisana’s French Quarter known for its great food.
The kick in this dish comes from the slightly charred shrimp and cajun seasoning.
8. Chicken and Shrimp Salad Sandwiches
Chicken sandwiches are popular options for lunches everywhere. Add shrimp to your chicken sandwich filling for that extra touch. Bake your chicken beforehand. After preparing your shrimp appropriately, use a food processor or blender to mince it with the chicken.
Follow this recipe to learn how to use egg, mayonnaise, mustard, sauce, butter, onion, lettuce, tomato, and different seasonings to make the perfect chicken and shrimp filling.
This salad uses colorful refreshing flavors to pack a punch right into your taste buds. The lime juice, vegetables, and fresh herbs make it perfect for the summer.
The chicken and shrimp balance out these flavors. Additionally, the fish and chili sauces, along with the hint of jalapeño, make the salad simply unforgettable.
10. Grilled Chicken and Shrimp Shish Kabobs
A shish kabob is an appetizing Middle Eastern way of enjoying meat and vegetables skewered together.
Mix curry sauce with both your shrimp and chicken pieces in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Skewer the chicken, shrimp, and pepper chunks. Place your shish kabobs on a very hot grill and rotate them regularly until they are ready to eat.
This delicious appetizer is a classic Vietnamese take on the spring roll recipe that is popular in Asian countries. You can choose to enjoy it with peanut dipping sauce.
Follow this recipe to wrap chicken, shrimp, lettuce, mint, and more in Vietnamese rice paper. You will get amazingly fresh spring rolls. There are also instructions on how to make the optional peanut dipping sauce.
12. Chicken and Shrimp Fajitas
The classic Mexican fajita consists of grilled meat strips served on a tortilla. Usually, onions and peppers are added to the meat. Follow this recipe to add shrimp to your fajitas for an interesting twist.
Use limes, jalapeño, cilantro, green onion, or a few ingredients of your choosing to make a marinade for both the chicken and shrimp. Using the same marinade creates a unified palette for your fajitas.
Vermicelli is a kind of pasta made of thin noodles, most commonly found in Asian cuisine. You can use it as a palette base for lemongrass chicken and shrimp.
Lemongrass is a common ingredient in South East Asian cuisines used to make tea, flavor broths and make marinades or curries. Follow this recipe to make lemongrass chicken and shrimp which you can then add to your vermicelli bowl for a great meal.
14. Sesame Chicken and Shrimp Stir Fry
This recipe is a great, healthy way to enjoy both your chicken and shrimp. First, mix vegetables including onion, broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers into a stir fry.
Fry the chicken in a different pan or skillet until it’s golden brown, and then add the shrimp which takes a shorter while to cook. Add ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce to the cooking meat. Finally, add the stir-fried vegetables.
This Indian-inspired recipe will show you how to make a tasty new kind of curry that you can have with rice or any other kind of starchy accompaniment.
Apart from the shrimp and chicken, one of the main ingredients is a store-bought Thai Kitchen green curry paste. Make a homemade substitute if you’d like! Other ingredients include vegetables and spices.
16. Coconut Crusted Chicken with Thai Curry Shrimp
Combine two different cuisines to produce an outstanding dish.
First, you have chicken scallopini, an Italian recipe where you cook thin slices of chicken in a sauce of wine and other seasonings. Traditionally, flour is added to the chicken before it’s cooked. In this recipe, you add shredded coconut to the flour which links the scallopini to classic Thai cuisine.
You then serve the chicken with standard Thai shrimp sauce.
Laksa is a popular noodle dish throughout South East Asia. This family recipe was shared by Top Chef winner Buddha Lo. Making this dish is quite involving as he shows you how to make homemade laksa paste. However, the fresh and fragrant ingredients will give you a meal worth your wait.
18. Chicken and Shrimp Fried Quinoa
A 2014 New York Times headline commanded, “Give Your Heart to Quinoa.” Quinoa’s popularity has exploded in past decades. This is because it’s a grain alternative that is both gluten-free and nutrient-dense.
This innovative recipe is inspired by Chinese recipes that use fried rice. However, instead of rice, it uses quinoa. It’s a quick way to enjoy your chicken and shrimp as you explore everything that quinoa has to offer.
In the beginning, I talked about how surprising it is for many people that chicken and shrimp can be combined into one dish. That should not be the case. Chicken and shrimp go very well together! I hope this list was helpful in that regard. Bon Appétit!